Rowers Open Season with Three Titles

DES MOINES, Iowa In the first regatta of the year, Kansas State captured three event victories at the Head of the Des Moines in Iowa on Saturday. The Wildcats took two titles in the morning with the Novice 4+ and Varsity 8+ and added one in the afternoon after crossing the line first in the Novice 8+.


In the first race, the Wildcats’ Novice 4+ boat finished over two minutes ahead of second-place Nebraska Club team with a time of 22:40. In the Varsity 8+, the KSU A boat raced to a mark of 18:34, finishing in front of Tulsa A who clocked a time of 19:02. KSU A finished over 50 seconds ahead of Kansas A (19:26), while K-State B (19:32) was a mere six seconds back of Kansas A.


With increased winds in the afternoon, the course was shortened by nearly one mile in the Cats’ final two races. Kansas State’s Novice 8+ cruised to a win at 12:24, defeating Drake A (14:42) and Drake B (16:28). With three K-State boats in the Varsity 4+ race, Kansas State’s top boat placed second with a mark of 12:39, behind Tulsa A (12:24). K-State C raced to a time of 13:01 to finish fourth, while the KSU B boat was fifth in 13:04.


“I am really pleased with our varsity boats,” head coach Patrick Sweeney said. “They performed well to win strong, and we had the right people in the right places. They seemed to gel well together.- This is a nice way to start the year and gain confidence.”


The Wildcats will next compete on Oct. 28th at the Head of the Iowa in Iowa City, Iowa. For complete coverage of the K-State rowing team, please visit


Head of the Des Moines Results

Novice 4+

1.        Kansas State 22:40

2.        Nebraska Club 24:52

3.        Tulsa 26:19

Varsity 8+

1.        Kansas State A 18:34

2.        Tulsa A 19:02

3.        Kansas 19:26

4.        Kansas State B 19:32

5.        Kansas B 20:19

Novice 8+

1.        Kansas State 12:24

2.        Drake A 14:42

3.        Drake C 16:28

Varsity 4+

1.        Tulsa A 12:24

2.        Kansas State A 12:39

3.        Tulsa B 12:54

4.        Kansas State C 13:01

5.        Kansas State B 13:04

6.        Kansas A 13:12

7.        Nebraska Club 13:13