March 7, 2013
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MANHATTAN, Kan. – Kansas State’s season on the water is set to start this weekend as the rowing team will compete at the OU Invitational. The regatta begins Saturday and runs through Sunday on the Oklahoma River with crews from Kansas, Minnesota, Central Oklahoma, Tulsa and host Oklahoma participating.
Head Coach Patrick Sweeney and his staff are looking forward to getting on the water and competing against some familiar foes. This initial competition of the spring season will help the Wildcats establish where the team is in training.
“We have a strong winter training season under our belt,” Sweeney said. “The challenge of this first regatta will be to see how quickly we can regain ground lost by our limited time on the water.”
Racing starts at 8 a.m. Saturday with the Wildcats participating in the first race of the day taking on Minnesota’s Novice 8. K-State will also field boats in the Varsity 4, 2nd Varsity 8, 1st Varsity 8, Novice 4. After two sessions of racing on Saturday, the regatta will finish with one session on Sunday morning.
The Wildcats have many athletes returning from last year’s 2nd Varsity 8 and the Novice program, and must fill seven spots in the 1st Varsity 8 boat. Sweeney believes the younger rowers have the talent to provide replacements for last year’s seniors and build a strong team for the future.
“Each year a few of our novice rowers rise to the top to fill spots in the varsity boats,” Sweeney said. “It will be fun to see which athletes develop the most as the season unfolds.”
This year’s OU Invitational will be streamed live on the internet with SoonerSports.TV providing coverage. Live updates can also be found online at soonersports.com.
Admission to the regatta is free for fans wanting to watch the racing action in person. Fans can get to the Exchange Boathouse from downtown Oklahoma City by traveling west on Reno Avenue and turning left onto Exchange Avenue. The boathouse will be on the right after crossing the Oklahoma River. Parking is available across the street from the boathouse. Directional signage will be posted near the street to help guide fans attending the regatta.
After the OU Invitational, the Wildcats will have two weeks to prepare for the Longhorn Invitational and three days of racing on Lady Bird Lake in Austin, Texas.