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History & Tradition

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 K-State Women's Rowing History

Rowing began in Kansas in 1963 when coach Don Rose founded the Kansas State Crew. A rich tradition quickly grew, and K-State was soon competing at prestigious regattas and defeating traditional powerhouses such as Wisconsin, Purdue, Syracuse and Washington. At that time, the only rowing competition that involved women was competing for the title of Regatta Queen. It was not until the summer of 1974 that K-State women competed as rowers. The first women's boat, a coxed four, included B.J. McCrae (co-captain), Jane Whitnee (co-captain), Masha Almond, Joann Davis and Pam Orloff. This team of five soon grew in numbers as rowing became more popular.

During the 1980s, women's teams steadily fielded boats but still existed in the shadows of the men's squad. This changed in 1989 when Amanda Robinson became the first women's coach at K-State. Robinson, who previously rowed for Boston University, revitalized the women's rowing club at K-State. The Wildcats began to place boats in the top five in most races. K-State alumnus Mike Lockas took a novice women's 8+ to the Women's National Championship in 1989 as well, where the boat was competitive.

A few years later, K-State alumnus Cliff Elliot took over both the men's and women's rowing clubs. Elliot continued the trend of strong finishes, including a bronze-medal performance by the Women's Varsity Lightweight 4+ at the 1991 Midwest Championships. After Elliot left in 1992, the team was under the direction of an assortment of coaches, usually students themselves or alumni of the program.

In January of 1995, student-athletes, alumni, parents and friends of the K-State Rowing Club presented a proposal to the athletics department to accept women's rowing as an NCAA Division I sport in compliance with Title IX. The Athletic Department accepted and rowing became a varsity sport in the 1996-97 academic school year under head coach Jenny Hale. A former Olympic coach for England and Belgium, Patrick Sweeney became the program's second coach in 2003. Entering his seventh year at the helm of the program, Sweeney has guided the Wildcats to unprecedented heights in his tenure.

Kansas State became the second Big 12 Conference school to add women's rowing as a varsity sport. Kansas was the first in 1995 and Texas added rowing to its varsity sport list in 1998. Oklahoma became the fourth league school to add the sport when the Sooners began competition in 2008-09.

In 2010, the four teams from the Big 12 Conference joined up with Alabama and Tennessee of the Southeastern Conference and Conference USA's Central Florida, SMU and Tulsa to create a nine-team league under the Conference USA flag. The venture enables the conference to have its champion receive an automatic bid to the NCAA Championship beginning in 2013.

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 Awards & Achievements


CRCA ALL-CENTRAL REGION
2013
Allison Dorau - 2nd Team

2012
Traci Smiley - 2nd Team

2011

Traci Smiley - 2nd Team

2009
Jennifer Flannigan - 2nd Team

2008
Bjai Rice - 2nd Team

2006
Megan Hauver - 2nd Team

2005

Grace Riekenberg - 2nd Team

ALL-CONFERENCE USA
2013
Allison Dorau

2012
Traci Smiley

2011
Traci Smiley

2010
Kris Richman

ALL-BIG 12 CONFERENCE
2013
Allison Dorau - 1st Team
Megan Murray - 2nd Team

2012
Hanna Wiltfong - 1st Team
Traci Smiely - 2nd Team
Anna Young - 2nd Team

CRCA NATIONAL SCHOLAR-ATHLETE AWARD

2013
Kaitlyn Arrow
Aly Bronder
Elizabeth DeMars
Allison Dorau
Ali Franken
Danielle Glynn
Adria Ley
Brittany Long
Samantha McCloud
Megan Murray
Kara Omo
Lindsey Schmeidler
Jennifer Smisek
Abigail Weaver

2012
Kaitlyn Arrow
Weatherly Butler
Allison Dorau
Danielle Glynn
Lea Hauldren
Adria Ley
Traci Smiley
Amanda Weishaar
Hanna Wiltfong

2011
Kaitlyn Arrow
Christa Bowman
Weatherly Butler
Sierra Cuda
Danielle Glynn
Whitley Jackson
Traci Smiley
Amanda Weishaar
Hanna Wiltfong

2010
Michelle Bergman
Weatherly Butler
Sierra Cuda
Whitley Jackson
Amanda Keim
Adria Ley
Jackie Swab
Nicole Vogt
Amanda Weishaar

2009
Michelle Bergman
Kilah Bond
Michelle Higgins
Heather Hoffman
Whitley Jackson
Michael Knoll
Nicole Vogt

2008
Bjai Rice
Heather Hoffman
Michael Knoll
Nicole Vogt
Elizabeth Walter
Michelle Higgins
Whitney Revell

2007
Bjai Rice
Heather Hoffman
Michael Knoll
Nicole Vogt
Elizabeth Walter
Kaci Williams
Melissa Cessna
Kate Dillon
Danna Davidson
Madga Hart-Schwartz
Julia Roque
Kris Richman

2006
Bjai Rice

CONFERENCE USA ALL-ACADEMIC
2013

Allison Dorau

2012
Amanda Weishaar

2011
Whitley Jackson
Amanda Weishaar

2010
Nicole Vogt

ESPN/COSIDA ACADEMIC ALL-DISTRICT
2009
Heather Hoffman - First Team