K-State Rowing Signs Nine Athletes

MANHATTAN, Kan. - Kansas State rowing coach Patrick Sweeney has announced the signing of nine student-athletes to National Letters of Intent during the early signing period. Sweeney added it is the strongest class of recruits to sign during the early signing period at K-State in his seven years leading the program.

The nine athletes will join the team this coming fall for the 2010-11 season and include: Jessica Albers, Kaycee Brown, Elizabeth DeMars, Haley Fairbank, Shelby Krieg, Shelby Miller, Megan Murray, Lindsay Smith and Abby Weaver.

Albers is a multi-sport athlete from Bluestem High School in Douglass where she lettered in basketball and softball all four years. She also participated in volleyball and cross country and was a team captain her senior season of volleyball.

Brown plays basketball at Ellinwood High School and is from Great Bend and plans to major in pre-health professions. She has lettered four years in basketball for the Eagles and also participated one year in volleyball. In addition to that she was on the dance and cheerleading squads for one year.

DeMars is another multi-sport athlete from Overland Park participating in basketball, softball and cross country. She helped lead St. Thomas Aquinas to a Sub-State Championship in basketball last season and has received the team's Most Valuable Offensive and Defensive Player in her career with the softball team.

Fairbank comes to K-State from Hutchinson High School where she plays softball and is a member of the cheerleading squad. Fairbank also has an extensive gymnastics background and led her team to the state championship meet in 2006.

Krieg, also from Overland Park, helped lead Blue Valley North to the state volleyball tournament this year and has a strong volleyball background playing club ball as well. She plans on majoring in pre-veterinary studies at K-State.

Miller comes to K-State from Baldwin City and has had a standout career in basketball at Lawrence High School lettering three years. As a sophomore she helped lead the team to a 22-4 record and a state championship. Last season, the team claimed a league title.

Murray also is a multi-sport athlete with extensive track and field experience. She helped lead Shawnee Mission South to a fourth place finish at the state championship in 2007 and improved to third place in 2008. She also helped lead the cross country team to fifth place at the state meet in 2007. She has also earned three letters in basketball for the Raiders and holds a state record in the 4x800 relay.

Smith comes to K-State to participate in rowing and study in the veterinary program after turning down several scholarships to play basketball elsewhere. She has lettered four years at Gardner-Edgerton High School. Smith also lettered three years in volleyball.

The Wildcats have one local product in this year's signing class in Weaver, who comes from Manhattan High School where she participated in cross country, track and field and basketball. Weaver also swims for the Manhattan Marlins club team. Weaver is part of a K-State family as she will be the fifth of five siblings to pursue a degree at K-State along with her father.

Sweeney said this class consists of the kind of athletes K-State is looking for to continue its progress toward higher national rankings in rowing.

"With the dedication of athletes like these early signees, K-State Rowing is well on its way to being bigger and faster on the water and it is clear no sacrifices will be made in the classroom as all are stellar students as well," Sweeney said. "This is the best class of early signees we have seen, and I am confident that these quality high school athletes will have a great impact on the team for several years into the future."

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