AUSTIN, Texas The Kansas State women’s rowing team carried its momentum from its first two days of competition to win two out of its four races against the University of Iowa on the final day of the Longhorn Invitational.
Despite the threat of rain and dark skies, the Wildcats still had plenty of good water to race well on Austin’s Town Lake. K-State once again picked up victories in the First Novice Eight (16.8 second margin) and Novice Four (26.4 second margin) races. Iowa finished more than 15 seconds and several boat lengths behind both Wildcat Novice crews.
In the First and Second Varsity Eight races, the Wildcats raced head-to-head with the Hawkeyes, but were touched out by just a few tenths of second at the finish line. Iowa is receiving votes in the preseason USRowing/Collegiate Rowing Coaches Association NCAA Division I Varsity Eight Coaches Poll.
“The team performed really well this weekend,“ Kansas State head coach Patrick Sweeney said. “With the Novices winning and continuing their fall success is a real positive for our program. The Varsity boats have also moved up a level and had some really close races against Iowa. I am very pleased with where we are positioned right now as a program. It’s been a gradual build-up and we have been progressing over the last two years to get to this level.
“They (rowers) got a lot of confidence from this weekend’s races and can really see how much they have improved as a team. They are starting to believe that they can actually race hard and race well. It’s a real confidence booster for them, to be right in there and be very competitive with some of the best crews in the nation.”
The Wildcats will remain in Austin to get some spring break training in, before returning to Manhattan and traveling to the San Diego Crew Classic on April 1-2 in San Diego, Calif.
“We are getting in good quality rowing and good mileage down here in Austin,” Sweeney said. “This will help us prepare for the San Diego Crew Classic in two weeks. There, we will compete against top West Coast and East Coast schools in a six-lane race, which will get us ready for championship racing at the end of the year.”
March 17-19, 2006
at Austin, Texas
Kansas State vs. Iowa
FIRST VARSITY EIGHT 1, Iowa, 6:47.8, 2, Kansas State, 6:48.5.
SECOND VARSITY EIGHT 1, Iowa, 7:02.3, 2, Kansas State, 7:07.8.
FIRST NOVICE EIGHT 1, Kansas State, 7:03.3, 2, Iowa, 7:20.1.
NOVICE FOUR 1, Kansas State, 8:20.7, 2, Iowa, 8:47.1.