K-States Closes Fall Slate in Lawrence

MANHATTAN, Kan. – K-State Women’s Rowing finishes up its fall schedule in Lawrence, Kansas, this Saturday at the Jayhawk Jamboree. Hosted by the Jayhawks at Burcham Park, the Wildcats will square off against their in-state rivals, as well as Oklahoma, Tulsa and Iowa.

Action for K-State is scheduled to start at 12:30 p.m., with the Varsity 8s and continue into the afternoon, concluding with the Varsity 4s at 2:30 p.m.

Head coach Patrick Sweeney said this weekend’s regatta will help provide a competitive setting for further evaluating the roster as a whole, especially the novice rowers.

“What we’re really doing at the moment is sorting through, seeing which youngsters are going to step up,” Sweeney said. Only the Varsity 8 lineup stroked by captain Meggie Murray will remain unchanged from the Head of the Oklahoma for this Saturday, leaving plenty of opportunity for Wildcat rowers to make their case for one of the top boats.

“It’s what we’re starting to do, what we are sifting through at the moment,” Sweeney said. “To see where people are in that line-up. The ones in the middle who start to sort themselves out and are going to have a shot at it. Having only the first boat remain the same gives us a place to work from, where we can make changes with the second, third and fourth boats and see what happens.”

Sweeney said the process is similar with the 4s as well.

“It’s a form of selection to give us a different look at people. Though it’s not a direct sequence, at least we can see which combination--if we take those two out and add those two in--is faster.”

With the spring season still months away, the fall regattas also provide the rowers an opportunity to utilize training that began this past August for competition.

“You use these fall-time races to break-up the straight-through training that starts in August and leads all the way to March,” Sweeney said. “It gives them something to focus on and it means you can push them a little bit harder and have them work harder for the race.”

And for a roster compiled almost entirely of athletes from Kansas alone– only six rowers on the current roster are from outside the Sunflower State – this weekend’s regatta provides an exciting end to the fall season.

“Obviously with the Kansas kids, they like to perform in Kansas,” Sweeney said. “Because family is going to be there and they’re going to come watch them race, it’s going to be a plus for them.”

Following the Jamboree this weekend, Wildcat rowing will continue its training, including winter training in January, before opening the season at the Oklahoma Invitational in early March.