Wildcats Ready for Tough Competition in Oklahoma

Weatherly Butler

Sept. 28, 2011

Watch Live Video Coverage (courtesy Oklahoma Rivers Organization)

MANHATTAN, Kan. - After winning every race they competed in last week the Kansas State Wildcats are up against some strong competition at the Head of the Oklahoma this weekend. The K-State rowing team will take on a number of their Conference USA foes and some top programs from the West Coast as well in the regatta on the Oklahoma River in Oklahoma City.

"Though the 1st Varsity 8 raced very well last week, we've made some minor changes due to a few illnesses. This is unlikely to phase that boat, and overall, the team remains well-prepared," Head Coach Patrick Sweeney said. "We will face stronger competition, including nationally ranked Stanford, but at this stage in our schedule, we're more focused on developing our younger team members and measuring intra-squad competition. It will be interesting to see how the women step up in a more competitive situation."

The Wildcats will field eight boats competing in three races as they look to build on the confidence gained last week at the Head of the Des Moines.

"We've got the first race jitters out of the way. This weekend's objective is simple: Catch whoever is in front of you and put away the following crews," Sweeney added. "Now we all know what we're doing and are familiar with the racing atmosphere, it's up to the athletes to knuckle down and perform. Just race it. It will be nice to see them stand up against the bigger, better known crews."

Racing starts at 11 a.m. Saturday and live video will be available at oklahomariverevents.org for fans wanting to watch the action online.

This weekend's regatta will conclude the fall portion of the Wildcats' racing schedule. K-State will get back to training to prepare for the spring season when the Wildcats open at the Longhorn Invitational in Austin, Texas, March 16-18.

K-State Race Schedule
12:30 p.m. Collegiate 8 (3 entries)
4:20 p.m. Collegiate 4 (4 entries)
4:45 p.m. Collegiate Novice 8 (1 entry)