K-Stater Helps Break Rowing Record
The Oxford Blue boat finished half a length ahead of their rival to become the first women's crew ever to break the six-minute barrier at the Henley Boat Races.
"I have to say I respect the
Riekenberg and her teammates were forced to make rowing history in less than stellar weather conditions. Rain and even hail descended throughout the dual, which hampered everyone’s efforts at times.
"It wasn't a technically sound piece of work," Riekenberg said. "But, in terms of effort and aggression, I found the race to be highly satisfying."
While racing may not be a focus again until next term, Riekenberg anticipates more opportunities to continue her rowing career.
"Perhaps it's sacrilegious of me to say this, but Saturday was a little bit of an anti-climax," she said. "I've made history, but I still have a future to carve with decisions about what level of rowing to pursue later and/or what further academic pursuits to engage in."