Wildcats Strong in First Fall Race

MANHATTAN, Kan. – The Kansas State rowing team kicked off its fall competition on Saturday with a solid overall performance at the Head of the Oklahoma in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma. The Wildcats had nine of 11 boats place in the top-10, including two 1st-place finishes by the Women’s Collegiate Novice/Frosh 8+ and Women’s Collegiate Novice/Frosh 4+ boats. 

“Varsity did not execute the required race plan so they underperformed,” head coach Patrick Sweeney said. “I hope that they learned and do better in two weeks. The Novices came out strong on their first ever races. Now they must continue their growth.”

K-State opened the day with a 5th-place finish by the first boat in the Varsity 8 with a time of 15:07.74. The second boat also cracked the top-10, finishing 10th with a time of 16:20.17. 

In the Women’s Collegiate Novice/Frosh 4+, the Wildcats dominated the field, placing three boats in the top-five. The first boat finished first with a time of 17:49.77, followed by the second boat, which finished less than a second later at 17:50.12. The third boat took fourth, finishing the race in 18:35.65. 

The N4A boat earned gold with coxswain Samantha Scott and rowers Samantha Samskey, Elaina Grantham, Kennedy Felice and Courtney Winkley. The N4B boat earned silver in the race with coxswain Allie Kleinsmith and rowers Selena Wapelhorst, Molly Ross, Kaylin Edwards and Taylor DeWeese.

The Wildcats top finish in the Varsity 4 came from its first boat, which finished in 5th behind three boats from Oklahoma and Tulsa’s first boat. The second and third boats finished 8th and 9th with times of 17:39.18 and 17:44.92, respectively. The fifth boat took 14th, posting a time of 18:39.97, followed by the Wildcats’ fourth boat, which came in at 15th with a time of 18:41.52. 

In the final race of the day, the Novice 8 first boat took first with a time of 16:51.31. The boat was nearly 22 seconds faster than Central Oklahoma’s first boat, which finished second in the race. 

The N8A boat also took gold on Saturday, with coxswain Samantha Scott and rowers Samantha Samskey, Elaina Grantham, Kennedy Felice, Courtney Winkley, Molly Ross, Selena Wapelhorst, Taylor DeWeese and Kaylin Edwards. 

The team returns to action on October 18th as it travels to Lawrence, Kansas, to race in the Jayhawk Jamboree. 

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OCU Head of the Oklahoma
Oklahoma River
Oklahoma City, Oklahoma

K-State Results
Women’s Varsity 8+
1. Oregon State A, 14:33.18; 2. Tulsa A, 14:39.96; 3. Oklahoma A, 14:44.10; 4. Oklahoma B, 14:59.97; 5. Kansas State A, 15:07.74; 10. Kansas State B, 16:20.17

Women’s Novice 4+
1. Kansas State A, 17:49.77; 2. Kansas State B (Murray), 17:50.12; 3. Washington A, 18:25.54; 4. Kansas State C (Burg), 18:35.65; 5. Wichita State A, 19:41.22

Women’s Varsity 4+
1. Oklahoma B, 16:37.99; 2. Oklahoma A, 16:39.29; 3. Tulsa A, 16:50.29; 4. Oklahoma C, 16:52.06; 5. Kansas State A, 16:56.31; 8. Kansas State B, 17:39.18; 9. Kansas State C, 17:44.92; 14. Kansas State E, 18:39.97; 15. Kansas State D, 18:41.52

Women’s Novice 8+
1. Kansas State A, 16:51.17; 2. Central Oklahoma A, 17:18.22; 3. Washington A, 18:37.35; 4. Wichita State B, 18:46.19; 5. Wichita State A, 18;51.45