March 27, 2013
MANHATTAN, Kan. – It is time for the annual meeting between the K-State Wildcats and Kansas Jayhawks on the water on Saturday as the two rivals will face off in the Sunflower Showdown. Action starts at 10 a.m. on Wyandotte County Lake as both teams will compete in fives races to take the Sunflower Showdown trophy home with them.
K-State is riding some momentum into the weekend as the 1st Novice 8 went 4-0 last week at the Longhorn Invitational and is 6-1 during the spring season. The Wildcats got four additional wins from the varsity boats.
The Wildcats and Jayhawks met earlier this season at the OU Invitational with KU winning four of the five races that weekend. K-State has seen improvement over the three weeks since, spending spring break in Austin to get more practice time on the water and fine tune.
“Even with little water time at home, the athletes have taken advantage of the camp and race situations. I am pleased with their progress so far,” head coach Patrick Sweeney said. “Now it is time to see whether that progress translates to better racing and a reverse in the results from three weeks ago.”
Last season, K-State dominated the Sunflower Showdown winning all five races for a 20-0 victory. The Wildcats have won the head-to-head regatta with the Jayhawks seven of the last eight years, only losing the trophy in 2010 during that stretch.
Fans are welcome to watch the competition at Wyandotte County Lake on Saturday. To get to the viewing area from Interstate 70, take I-435 North to Exit 18 (Wolcott Dr.), turn right and follow 93rd Street to the beach shelter at the lake. Parking is $5. There is the possibility of the race schedule being moved in the event of inclement weather. In the event of a schedule change or inclement weather, the Twitter handles @kstatesports and @KUAthletics will have updates as soon as possible.