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K-State Finishes Program-Best 3rd at C-USAs


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May 17, 2014

ResultsK-State AthleticsOAK RIDGE, Tenn. – K-State Women’s Rowing closed out what has perhaps been the best season in program history with a third-place finish at the Conference USA Championship in Oak Ridge, Tennessee. The day’s festivities were highlighted by a gold medal showing by the 1st Varsity 4, as well as bronze medal finishes by both the 1st Varsity 8 and 2nd Varsity 8.

The Wildcats’ final point tally of 56 was only two points behind Tennessee and four behind Oklahoma, who took home the title for the second-straight season with 62 points.

Head coach Patrick Sweeney said the team as a whole performed very well.

“Definitely very proud of how they fought today,” Sweeney said. “They looked good while giving flat-out their best effort and executing their plans. It was a great way for them all to finish the season, especially for the seniors, who have given so much to this program.”

Following third-place finishes by both the 1st Novice 8 and the 2nd Varsity 4 in their respective finals, the 1V4 accomplished a program first in its Grand Final. The crew of coxswain Hannah Gwartney and rowers Courtney Cooke, Jessica Kuhlman, Mary Rose Eakes and Kelsey Schultz nabbed gold, finishing ahead of both Tulsa and Oklahoma. Clocking in at a time of 7:27.70, the 1V4 became the first Wildcat boat to ever win an individual Conference USA title. It was an impressive effort that kept K-State in contention for the conference title with Tennessee and Oklahoma.

The 2V8 followed up the gold medal performance by winning its own set of hardware, taking bronze in the 2V8 Grand Final. Despite finishing behind Oklahoma and Tennessee in the final, the crew of coxswain Kara Omo and rowers Chelsea Goble, Lindsay Smith, Aly Bronder, Abby Weaver, Ariana Thompson, Hunter Anne Postier, Lacey Reifschneider and Kayla Brock set the K-State 1V8 up with a winner-take-all scenario against the Sooners and the Volunteers in the last Grand Final of the day.

Tied for first with Oklahoma at 29 points, and Tennessee in a close second with 28 points, the 1V8 was unable to hold off the 2014 Big 12 Conference Champion Sooners. The Wildcats’ top boat finished third in a time of 6:39.75, just behind second-place Tennessee, who clocked in at 6:38.97, while the Sooners took first in 6:36.10.

Close finish aside, the overall effort continued what has been a season of plenty of firsts for K-State. The third-place finish by K-State was the best placing in program history, eclipsing last season’s conference regatta that saw the Wildcats place fifth. In the medals department, the three medals racked up by Wildcat boats were a program best, as well as only the second conference regatta that K-State had boats finish top-three in their respective races.   

Following the conclusion of racing, the conference announced its All-Conference USA Team. Allison Dorau was named to the team for a second-straight season, while Lisa Angell earned the honor for the first time in her career. Both rowers have been a part of the 1V8 for the entire season.

For Sweeney, in his 11th season as head coach, this season, in particular, has brought plenty of optimism for the future of the program.

“The team has shown the standards we need to work towards in the future,” Sweeney said. “We’ve always operated the mantra, ‘No Excuses for Hard Work,’ and they really exemplified that this season.

For more information on the final regatta of the Wildcats’ season, visit www.k-statesports.com.

C-USA Championship
Melton Hill Lake
Oak Ridge, Tennessee

K-State Results

Team Scores
1: Oklahoma, 62 | 2. Tennessee, 58 | 3: K-State, 56 | 4: Tulsa, 46 | 5: Texas | 6: Sacramento State, 30 | 7: Kansas, 28 | 8: Old Dominion, 27 | 9: SDSU, 19 | 10: WVU, 17 | 11: Alabama: 9

Preliminary Heats
1V8 (Heat II)
1: Tennessee, 6:47.30 | 2: Tulsa, 6:48.30 | 3: K-State, 6:49.10 | 4: WVU ‘A,’ 6:49.97
5: Sacramento State, 6:53.45 | 6: Alabama ‘A,’ 7:07.35

2V8 (Heat II)
1: Tennessee, 6:51.60 | 2: K-State, 6:54.80 | 3: Tulsa ‘A,’ 6:56.10
4: Sacramento State, 6:57.20 | 5: WVU ‘A,’ 7:08.60 | 6: Alabama, 7:08.80

1V4 (Heat II)
1: K-State, 7:33.50 | 2: Texas, 7:36.41 | 3: Oklahoma, 7:38.25
4: Sacramento State, 7:40.30 | 5: SDSU, 8:04.609 | 6: WVU, 8:11.83

Open 4 (Heat I)
1: Tennessee, 7:42.80 | 2: K-State ‘A,’ 8:00.62 | 3: Alabama ‘B,’ 8:08.71 | 4: K-State ‘B,’ 8:08.52
5: Old Dominion ‘A,’ 8:10.24

Finals
1N8 Final
1: Kansas, 7:06.80 | 2: K-State, 7:20.63 | 3: Tennessee, 7:21.50 | 4: Alabama, 7:25.52

Open 8 Final
1: Oklahoma, 7:03.50 | 2: Kansas, 7:04.87 | 3: Texas, 7:13.90 | 4: Tulsa, 7:17.02 | 5: K-State, 7:24.49 | 6: Tennessee, 7:26.84

Open 4 Final
1: Oklahoma, 7:44.20 | 2: Tennessee, 7:48.0 | 3: K-State, 7:50.33 | 4: Kansas ‘B,’ 7:52.74
5: Kansas ‘A,’ 7:59.08 | 6: WVU, 8:06.02

Grand Finals
V4 Grand Final
1: K-State, 7:27.70 | 2: Tulsa, 7:30.38 | 3: Oklahoma, 7:32.00 | 4: Kansas, 7:32.41 | 5: Texas, 7:37.05 | 6: Tennessee, 7:39.64

2V8 Grand Final
1: Tennessee, 6:40.90 | 2: Oklahoma, 6:43.76 | 3: K-State, 6:46.60 | 4: Texas, 6:48.17 | 5: Kansas, 6:48.60 | 6: Tulsa, 6:55.06

1V8 Grand Final
1: Oklahoma, 6:36.10 | 2: Tennessee, 6:38.97 | 3: K-State, 6:39.75 | 4: Tulsa, 6:40.17 | 5: Texas, 6:41.41 | 6: Old Dominion, 6:42.58

Boatings

1st Varsity 8
C: Hillary Schartz
8: Meggie Murray
7: Noelle Dykmann
6: Lisa Angell
5: Brittany Long
4: Allison Dorau
3: Ashley Houser
2: Erin Roeser
1: Madi Haney

2nd Varsity 8
C: Kara Omo
8: Chelsea Goble
7: Lindsay Smith
6: Aly Bronder
5: Abby Weaver
4: Ariana Thompson
3: Hunter Anne Postier
2: Lacey Reifschneider
1: Kayla Brock

1st Varsity 4
C: Hannah Gwartney
4: Courtney Cooke
3: Jessica Kuhlman
2: Mary Rose Eakes
1: Kelsey Schultz

2nd Varsity 4 ‘A’
C: Meaghan Kuzmich
4: Jennifer Smisek
3: Chelsea Holt-Bates
2: Ally Franken
1: Hayley Harvey

1st Novice 8
C: Rachael Plotas
8: Marissa Butrum
7: Rebekah Raetzel
6: Natasha VanGundy
5: Leslie Geist
4: Maddie Petersen
3: Hannah Frith
2: Regan Bartels
1: Emily Stec

3rd Varsity 4 ‘B’
C: Courtney Faucett
4: Emily Elliott
3: Beth DeMars
2: Lindsey Schmeidler
1: Kelsey Eagleman