Oct. 23, 2013
MANHATTAN, Kan. - K-State Athletics and Kansas State University will dedicate the new Intercollegiate Rowing Center at 5:30 p.m., on Friday prior to Madness in Manhattan. The ceremony will be open to the public in addition to being broadcast live on K-StateHD.TV.
The event for donors, project contributors and the general public will feature special remarks by University President Kirk Schulz, Athletics Director John Currie as well as head rowing coach Patrick Sweeney and K-State rower and CRCA All-Region Team member, Allison Dorau. Guests will be able to tour the facility beginning at 5:30 p.m., with the official ceremony starting at 6:30 p.m. Along with remarks from the individuals above, the dedication will include a ribbon cutting ceremony and ceremonial first oars in the water.
"As we strive toward our vision of a model intercollegiate athletics program, the Intercollegiate Rowing Center vividly demonstrates our determination to achieve the goal of a world-class student-athlete experience for each of our 16 teams," Currie said. "Locating this beautiful new facility in close proximity to our Academic Learning Center and the new Student-Athlete Performance Table in the West Stadium Center will help our 90 female rowing student-athletes maximize their time-use efficiency while dramatically enhancing their training opportunities. We are excited about the future of K-State Rowing and know the IRC will help foster championship athletic performances."
Located along Kimball Avenue and adjacent to the east parking lot at Bill Snyder Family Stadium, the 9,000 square-foot facility constructed in K-State limestone is yet another beautiful addition to the K-State Sports Complex that has already seen the addition of the Basketball Training Facility as well as the recently completed Mike Goss Tennis Stadium and the new West Stadium Center at Bill Snyder Family Stadium.
The Intercollegiate Rowing Facility provides an all-inclusive and efficient training facility for the Wildcat rowing program. The facility includes two top-of-the-line indoor rowing tanks, a new locker room and erg room with more than 40 rowing performance machines as well as brand new offices for the Wildcat rowing staff. Most importantly, the two 2,800-gallon indoor rowing tanks provide the women's rowing team the ability to train throughout the year. Holding up to 16 rowers to practice at one time, the tanks simulate "being on the water."
"This facility brings the K-State rowing program to a whole new level and gives us a strong presence on campus, which will help us recruit and retain quality student-athletes," Sweeney said. "Most of the student-athletes we recruit have never rowed before, and this facility will allow us to teach technically in a team simulated on the water environment that we know will only quicken their development.
"This addition is a big, big plus for us in how we run the program, how the program is going to develop and how we should improve over the next few years."
With the rowing squad finishing off the fall portion of their season and training in the winter looming, the IRC will give the Wildcats not only a new place to train, but also a brand new home. K-State's spring season kicks off in March at the two-day Longhorn Invitational in Austin, Texas.