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Wildcats Take 3rd at Big 12 Championship


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Nicole Stuckey

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Nicole Stuckey
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April 28, 2012

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OKLAHOMA CITY, Okla. – Kansas State saw its top two boats hold off its rival Kansas in the final two races of the Big 12 Rowing Championship to take third place on Saturday. The Wildcats finished third in the 2nd Varsity 8 and 1st Varsity 8 races to close the championship regatta and defeat the Jayhawks for third by way of tiebreaker.

After the Wildcats saw their first three boats competing at the Big 12 Championship take fourth, they needed the last two boats to step up, and they did just that. K-State was able to keep the Jayhawks at bay and score significant points in the 2V8 and 1V8 races taking third place. Despite tying for third place overall, K-State Head Coach Patrick Sweeney said he was satisfied with how his top two boats responded to the pressure.

“We felt coming into this weekend we were not as tightly wound as earlier races. Our thoughts also went out to Adria Ley who could not race this weekend as she was at a funeral,” Sweeney said. “So in addition to making provisions for the different racing categories and moving up some of our younger rowers, there were a lot of new lineups. At the end of the day, though, they know there are no excuses. It would have been nicer to see some of the crews do better than they did.”

Texas won the championship for the fourth straight year, but this time in dramatic fashion defeating Oklahoma by just one point. If the Longhorns had finished one spot lower in any race, it would have provided the points necessary for the Sooners to take the crown away from Texas. K-State and KU each finished with 64 points apiece. Since K-State bested KU in the 1V8, the third place title goes to the Wildcats. Texas scored 105 and Oklahoma 104.

Sweeney said the competition at the Big 12 Championship was again strong with the Longhorns and Sooners displaying depth. He said his crew is ready to move on to the next championship event where the Wildcats will see all three other Big 12 schools at the Conference USA Championship held on Melton Hill Lake in Tennessee on May 11-12.

“I am confident we will be back on target and fully focused for C-USA in two weeks,” Sweeney said.

At the conference championship, the league’s coaches also voted on All-Big 12 Conference with eight rowers honored as All-Big 12 first team and nine on the second team, and three Wildcats were recognized by the coaches. Hanna Wiltfong was selected to the first team with Anna Young and Traci Smiley each making the second team.

Big 12 Championship Results
4th Varsity 8
1: Texas, 7:16.68 – 4 pts
2: Oklahoma, 7:22.60 – 3 pts
3: Kansas, 7:43.12 – 2 pts

3rd Varsity 8
1: Oklahoma, 7:06.67 – 8 pts
2: Texas, 7:10.38 – 6 pts
3: Kansas, 7:22.61 – 4 pts
4: K-State, 7:35.75 – 2 pts

2nd Varsity 4
1: Texas, 7:56.71 – 8 pts
2: Oklahoma, 7:59.39 – 6 pts
3: Kansas, 8:10.28 – 4 pts
4: K-State, 8:15.22 – 2 pts

1st Varsity 4
1: Kansas, 7:43.69 – 17 pts
2: Texas, 7:53.37 – 14 pts
3: Oklahoma, 7:58.96 – 11 pts
4: K-State, 8:04.19 – 8 pts

2nd Varsity 8
1: Texas, 6:58.63 – 32 pts
2: Oklahoma, 7:05.32 – 26 pts
3: K-State, 7:10.98 – 20 pts
4: Kansas, 7:20.75 – 14 pts

1st Varsity 8
1: Oklahoma, 6:53.58 – 50 pts
2: Texas, 6:54.03 – 41 pts
3: K-State, 7:09.35 – 32 pts
4: Kansas, 7:13.90 – 23 pts

Team Standings
1: Texas – 105 pts
2: Oklahoma – 104 pts
3: K-State – 64 pts (tiebreaker 1V8 place)
4: Kansas – 64 pts

K-State Boatings
3rd Varsity 8
C: Myriah Smith
B: Lacey Reifschneider
7: Chelsea Holt Bates
6: Allison Truxhorn
5: Abby Harbour
4: Ally Franken
3: Brittany Odle
2: Alex Kupka
1: Korinn Card

2nd Varsity 4
C: Kynsey Creel
4: Jennifer Smisek
3: Lindsay Smith
2: Beth DeMars
1: Lisa Angell

1st Varsity 4
C: Kaitlyn Arrow
4: Nicole Stuckey
3: Lauren Schumaker
2: Brittany Leathers
1: Lea Hauldren

2nd Varsity 8
C: Hillary Schartz
B: Aly Bronder
7: Emily Elliott
6: Kristina Smith
5: Abby Weaver
4: Justine Walsh
3: Danielle Glynn
2: Marissa Campbell
1: Hayley Harvey

1st Varsity 8
C: Weatherly Butler
B: Traci Smiley
7: Hanna Wiltfong
6: Allison Dorau
5: Anna Young
4: Meggie Murray
3: Amanda Weishaar
2: Nicole Burdiek
1: Ali Peters