Wildcats to Battle for NCAA Bid at Lexus Sprints
May 14, 2003
The Wildcats start at 9:45 a.m. on Saturday in heat one of the second varsity four competition. The first varsity four and the second varsity eight will then race in back-to-back heats at 10:45 a.m. and 11 a.m., followed later by the first varsity eight at noon.
Saturday's preliminary heats will be followed by semifinal and repechage races at 2 p.m. that afternoon. Finals for all divisions will start at 9 a.m. on Sunday morning with an award ceremony scheduled for 1 p.m.
From the Coaches Seat
"The entire team has really been practicing well and the times are reflective of some increased boat speed. Execution in competition has been our challenge this spring and we have that as our first goal."
-Jenny Hale, Kansas State rowing coach
Found: First Varsity Four
At the Big 12 Invitational, the Wildcats varsity four featured its fifth different boating in five regattas this year. This time, the fours will feature the same lineup for the first time this season with novice rower Hannah Langenwatler in the stroke, a seat she had for the Wildcats' second-place finish at the George Washington Crew Classic. She will be accompanied by junior Katie Baxter, sophomore Renee Ecklund and freshman Emily Cummings. They have all appeared in the varsity four, but not at the same time. Junior coxswain Stephanie Riegle has been a staple for the fours, steering the boat every time out.
Making a Point
The point breakdown for the Lexus Cup uses the following system, awarding team points for each place with the highest number for first.
The Pool of Teams
This year's regional championships will feature six Collegiate Rowing Coaches Association Top-20 teams, along with three other team which received votes.
The field includes: No. 7 Michigan, No. 10 Ohio State, No. 11 Michigan State, No. 15 Iowa, No. 17 Texas and No. 19 Tennessee. Minnesota, Notre Dame and Duke have also all received votes in the latest CRCA poll.
Rounding out the rest of the 21-team field, along with Kansas State, are Cincinnati, Clemson, Eastern Michigan, Indiana, Kansas, Louisville, Miami (Fla.), North Carolina, SMU, Tulsa and Virginia.
Looking for an NCAA Berth
A team champion from both the Central and South regions will be crowned and granted an automatic bid to the NCAA Championships in Indianapolis, Ind., May 30-June 1.
Where do I sit?
Kansas State will rig four varsity boats to race in the Lexus South/Central Division Championships with the following lineups:
Varsity Eight Stays Same
Kansas State adjusted its varsity eight lineup for the Big 12 regatta on May 3 and will feature the same boating for Saturday for the Central Sprints.
The varsity eight won its heat against Drake and finished second in the grand final to No. 17 Texas.
It is the same lineup which rowed well at the San Diego Crew Classic for the Jessop-Whittier Cup on April 5-6. At the event, the Wildcats competed well with a field of elite rowing programs from across the country, finishing only two lengths out of a petite-final championship.
Finding Boat Speed
This will be the third time this season Sarah Meitl and Megan Hauver have stepped up from the novice to hopefully add some boat speed to the the second varsity eight. The tandem made its first appearance in the 2V8 at the Kansas Cup on April 19, which narrowly lost to the Jayhawks by two seconds. For the second regatta in a row, Hauver will be in the bow, while Meitl stays in "engine room" at four.
Sarah Trapp is the only non-novice rower in the second varsity four. She is looking for the same kind of performance help from the three novice rowers, Stephanie Nichols, Erin Erhart and Leslie Burgdorfer and novice coxswain Stephanie Black, that boosted the first varsity four to a second-place finish last time out at the Big 12 Invitational.
The Central/South sprints marks the first time this season the Wildcats have entered a second varsity four in any competition. It also marks the first time Kansas State has entered a second varsity four at the Central/South Sprints in its 11-year history.
Second Encore with Kansas
The weekend's competition will mark the second-straight year the Wildcats have faced Kansas in three-consecutive regattas, having faced the Jayhawks last season the in the Kansas Cup, Big 12 Invitational and the South/Central Sprints consecutively.
Last time out
Kansas State managed to edge Kansas for second place by three points, 43-40, Saturday, May 12 at the Big 12 Invitational Regatta in Lawrence. Texas took home the title for the second-straight year with 55 points.
Kansas State grabbed second place in the team standings by placing second in the varsity eight grand final in 6:55.2, 11.3 seconds ahead of third-place Kansas in 7:06.5.
The Wildcat varsity four had an outstanding performance and just missed catching the Longhorns in the last 500 meters. After being down with open water early, the young Wildcats, lead by coxswain Stephanie Riegle, started their sprint early in an effort to overtake Texas. In a close finish, K-State came up short by 3.9 seconds, crossing the finish in 7:55.0.
Lexus Central/South Sprints Schedule
Saturday May 17, 2003
First Novice Eight-(1-4 to semifinal, 5-6 to C final)
9 a.m.- Cincinnati, Duke, Virginia, Ohio State, Kansas.
9:15 a.m.- Texas, Miami, Michigan State, Clemson, Eastern Michigan.
9:30 a.m.- North Carolina, Notre Dame, Tennessee, Indiana, Michigan, SMU.
Second Varsity Four-(1 to final, 2-5 to repechages)
9:45 a.m.- KANSAS STATE, Michigan, Notre Dame, Michigan State, Eastern Michigan.
10 a.m.- Clemson, Iowa, Ohio State, Tennessee.
First Varsity Four-(1-4 to semifinal, 5-6 to C final)
10:15 a.m.- Cincinnati, Minnesota, Michigan, Virginia, Duke.
10:30 a.m.- Indiana, Tennessee, Iowa, Notre Dame, Texas, Tulsa.
10:45 a.m.- KANSAS STATE, Miami, Michigan State, Ohio State, Clemson, Eastern Michigan.
Second Varsity Eight-(1 to final, 2-7 to repechages)
11 a.m.- KANSAS STATE, Texas, Virginia, Michigan State, Ohio State, Minnesota, Cincinnati.
11:15 a.m.- Clemson, Kansas, Notre Dame, Iowa, Michigan,Tennessee, Eastern Michigan.
First Varsity Eight-(1-3 to A/B semi, 4-6 to C/D semi)
11:30 a.m.- SMU, Notre Dame, Michigan, Minnesota, Eastern Michigan.
11:45 a.m.- North Carolina, Duke, Ohio State, Texas, Cincinnati.
Noon- Kansas, Clemson, Michigan State, Tennessee, KANSAS STATE.
12:15 p.m.- Indiana, Louisville, Virginia, Iowa, Miami, Tulsa.
Saturday May 17, 2003
First Novice Eight-(1-3 to grand, 4-6 to petite)
2:00 p.m.- Semifinal One
2:15 p.m.- Semifinal Two
Second Varsity Four-(1-4 to grand, 5-7 to petite)
2:30 p.m.- Repechage
First Varsity Four-(1-3 to grand, 4-6 to petite)
2:45 p.m.- Semifinal One
3:00 p.m.- Semifinal Two
Second Varsity Eight-(1-2 grand, 3-5 petite, 6 to C)
3:15 p.m.- Repechage One
3:30 p.m.- Repechage Two
First Varsity Eight-(1-3 to C final, 4-6 to D final)
3:45 p.m.- Semifinal C/D One
4 p.m.- Semifinal C/D Two
First Varsity Eight-(1-3 to grand, 4-6 to petite)
4:15 p.m.- Semifinal A/B One
4:30 p.m.- Semifinal A/B Two
Sunday May 18, 2003
9 a.m.- Varsity Eight-D final
9:15 a.m.- Novice Eight- C final
9:30 a.m.- Varsity Four- C final
9:45 a.m.- Second Varsity Eight- C final
10 a.m.- Varsity Eight- C final
Second Novice Eight-Grand Final
10:15 a.m.- Miami, Michigan State, Virginia, Ohio State, Clemson
10:30 a.m.- Novice Eight- Petite final
10:45 a.m.- Novice Eight- Grand final
11 a.m.- Second Varsity Four- Petite final
11:15 a.m.- Second Varsity Four- Grand final
11:30 a.m.- Varsity Four- Petite final
11:45 a.m.- Varsity Four- Grand final
Noon- Second Varsity Eight- Petite final
12:15 p.m.- Second Varsity Eight- Grand final
12:30 p.m.- Varsity Eight- Petite final
12:45 p.m.- Varsity Eight- Grand final
Kansas State race results will be available at: www.k-statesports.com