Varsity Rowers Defeat Creighton In Home Duel
MANHATTAN, Kan. In its first home regatta of the season, the Kansas State women’s rowing team defeated regional rival Creighton in a pair of Varsity duels held Saturday on Tuttle Creek Lake.
Guided by the crew of Stephanie Black (cox), Magda Hart, Kaci Williams, Morgan Steele, Larissa Kesler, Danielle Scott, Grace Riekenberg, Amy Wagner and Megan Hauver, K-State’s First Varsity Eight boat held on to a 15-second lead to take the victory over the Bluejays’ top Varsity squad with a time of 5:44.0.
The Wildcats’ Second Varsity Eight boat comprised of Claire Johnson (cox), Linzi Hauldren, Stacey Waldman, Katie Williams, Kristin Alstatt, Megan Burki, Sarah Jo Trapp, Jamie Holt and Jacque Crockford also got past Creighton with a winning time of 5:51.0.
“We were quite pleased with today’s results,” Head Coach Patrick Sweeney said. “Our Varsity crews rowed well and we were able to give our Novices more racing experience. We continue to build confidence in our racing which should prepare us for next weekend’s competition in San Diego, where we will see good racing and compete against some of the top crews in the nation.”
In the Second Novice Eight competition, K-State and Creighton raced into a dead heat (tie) with both crews crossing the finish line at 6:01.8. The First Novice Eight boat finished a length behind CU with a second-place time of 5:57.7.
Northeast winds up to 8-10 miles per hour changed the entire race schedule and shortened the race course to approximately 1,700 meters. Six races were originally scheduled including the First and Second Varsity Fours and First and Second Novice Fours. Due to floating starts, distances were not equal and times were not accurate.
The Wildcats return to action next weekend at the San Diego Crew Classic on April 2-3 in San Diego, Calif.
KANSAS STATE vs. CREIGHTON
FIRST VARSITY EIGHT
SECOND VARSITY EIGHT
FIRST NOVICE EIGHT
SECOND NOVICE EIGHT