K-State Hoists Kansas Cup For Second Year
K-State opened up its spring version of the Sunflower Showdown with the First Novice Eight (6:32.6) finishing 6.9 seconds ahead of KU (6:39.5). The Wildcats would later claim two more victories in the Varsity Four (7:19.9) and Second Varsity Eight (6:26.1) to put the race out of reach for the Jayhawks in possible team scoring.
Using different lineups for Saturday’s dual from the ones used at last weekend’s San Diego Crew Classic, the Wildcats didn’t show any signs of unfamiliarity on the water. Coxswain Stephanie Black, Amy Wagner, Kristin Alstatt, Kari Chadd, Elise vander Putten, Kelsey Frasier, Heather Gerstner, Danielle Scott and Jamie Holt, powered the Second Varsity Eight boat to the largest winning-length (9.2 seconds) by any of the squad’s four boats.
“It was a good team effort today,”
Both teams saw good racing conditions with a slight tailwind on the 2,000-meter course. This is the first time in school history the Wildcats have defeated KU in back-to-back Kansas Cup meetings since the inaugural race in 1998.
“It (Kansas Cup victory) shows where we are going as a team,” Sweeney said. “We are starting to win in the championship season. Before, we were able to just beat
Up next, K-State will face top regional and ranked crews at the Southern IRA’s on April 14-15 in
Saturday, April 8
Kansas River at
FIRST NOVICE EIGHT (5 points)
VARSITY FOUR (3 points)
SECOND VARSITY EIGHT (5 points)
FIRST VARSITY EIGHT (8 points)