Kansas State Rowers Show Improvement at Head of the Charles
Oct. 20, 2002
BOSTON, Mass. - The Kansas State women's rowing team competed in two races at the Head of the Charles Regatta on Sunday. The varsity 8+ finished 24th of 47 boats, while the varsity 4+ finished 30th in the 33-boat race.
The varsity fours put up a good first effort in a race filled with excellent competition. The 'Cats finished with a time of 20:37, which was 2:13 behind the champion London Training Center boat, but only 1:34 behind the highest-placing university boat, Washington.
"I really thought the fours had a decent row," said Kansas State head coach Jenny Hale. "Last year, the fours were in the club race, which is far less competitive than the championship-level race they raced in today."
The varsity eights rowed an exciting race with coxswain Elane Walker challenging her crew early to pass Miami on the inside of the first turn. The eights eventually overtook Miami to finish 24th (17:43), the same finish as last year's varsity eight.
"It was a good move, but we didn't quite get the power we needed to overtake the Miami boat without getting pushed out going into the second turn," Hale said. "I think we learned a lot about how to race this race."
The eights showed their experience and resolve, falling from 17th at the first split to 26th by the third, but then pulling hard to climb to 24th by the finish line. K-State finished 1:31 behind the first-place boat, US Rowing, whish finished with a time of 16:12. The top university entry was third-place Yale, finishing in 16:34.
The Wildcats travel to Iowa for the second time this fall to compete at the Head of the Iowa in Iowa City, Iowa, on Saturday, October 26th.
Complete race results are available at www.hocr.com