KSU Rowing Opens Strong

MANHATTAN, Kan. The Kansas State rowing team opened its 2008 fall season with quite a splash winning four events and taking second in another. For their all-around efforts the Wildcats were awarded the Collegiate Team trophy and Women’s 8 trophy.


The Wildcats bested rival Kansas in the Collegiate 8+ by 30 seconds en route to the victory. The team’s Novice 8+ boat posted the fastest time of the day by any novice boat with a 19:02 in defeating Wheaton and Drake in the race. The time was more than two minutes faster than Drake’s second-place finish.


Coach Patrick Sweeney said the team’s season opener was a big success and was glad to see his entire team perform so well and receive recognition for it.


“We are very pleased with the early season performance, winning both varsity and novice eights and fours in convincing style,” he said. “We were also pleased to bring home the Collegiate Team trophy as evidence of all boats' contribution to the program's success."


As Sweeney mentioned, the Wildcats also won the Collegiate 4+ and Novice 4+ events. The Wildcats’ second-place finish on the day also came in the Collegiate 4+ as the team entered multiple boats in the event.


The Wildcats will take to the water next on November 8 against rival Kansas in the Sunflower Showdown in Manhattan.



Novice 4+

1st: K-state 21:20

2nd: Minnesota-St. Cloud 22:20

3rd: Drake 23:11


Collegiate 8+

1st: K-state 17:16

2nd: KU 17:46

3rd: KU 17:46


Novice 8+

1st: K-state 19:02

2nd: Wheaton 22:11

3rd: Drake 23:22


Collegiate 4+

1st: K-state 19:07

2nd: K-state 19:29

3rd: KU 19:31