Wildcats Kick Off Fall Season in Oklahoma City

MANHATTAN, Kan. – The Kansas State women’s rowing team will compete in its first of two fall races this weekend as the team heads to Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, to compete in the OCU Head of the Oklahoma on the Oklahoma River on Saturday. 

The Wildcats will have four boats in the Women’s Collegiate 8+, which launches at 12:30 p.m. CT, four boats in the Women’s Collegiate 4+, which launches at 4:20 p.m. CT and one boat in the Women’s Collegiate Novice/Frosh 8+, which launches at 4:45 p.m. CT.

Saturday’s races will be head races, or long distance races. The teams will launch one after another and will race against the clock rather than against other boats.

“I am looking to see where we are as a unit this weekend,” head coach Patrick Sweeney said about the team’s first fall race. “We have a relatively young team, so this is a good learning process. For the coaches, we will be able to see how they are progressing.”

With a team comprised of mostly freshman and sophomores, Sweeney will be looking for this season’s senior class to step up and provide leadership and a competitive edge to help the team perform well. 

“We have 12 seniors, which is good,” Sweeney said. “From this group, I am looking for their leadership, but also for their competitiveness. If they want to go out well this year, they have to be fighters.”

At last season’s OCU Head of the Oklahoma, the Wildcats posted a strong overall performance as the team saw nine of 11 boats place in the top-10, including two first-place finishes by the Women’s Collegiate Novice/Frosh 8+ and Women’s Collegiate Novice/Frosh 4+ boats.

For more information on this weekend’s race, including a complete list of entries, schedules and results, visit the meet’s website here

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