Wildcats Open Season in Oklahoma

Weatherly Butler

Oct. 6, 2010

MANHATTAN, Kan. – The Kansas State rowing team opens its fall schedule this weekend when the Wildcats compete in the Head of the Oklahoma on Saturday. The races will take place on the Oklahoma River in Oklahoma City with the Wildcats taking on a number of squads including Stanford, Washington State, Iowa and Texas.

K-State has not been to the Head of the Oklahoma since the fall of 2006 when the Novice 8 claimed first place in the 4,000 meter race. This year the Wildcats will field four Varsity 8’s, four Varsity 4’s and two Novice 8’s in their respective events at the competition.

Head coach Patrick Sweeney said he is excited to get on the water for competition this weekend after his Wildcats have put in weeks of practice time in preparation for the season.

“This makes for a good break in our fall training,” Sweeney said. “This gives our athletes a chance to see the progress they’ve made in the first six weeks of school.”

This year’s roster features only six seniors and plenty of younger rowers with experience. With the squad’s significant amount of potential, Sweeney said the returning athletes could make this season an exciting one to watch as the team is clearly growing.

The event is slated to begin at 10:30 a.m. with the first Wildcat boats starting off the line at 12:30 p.m. For information on parking and directions to the site in Oklahoma City please check soonersports.com.