OAK RIDGE, Tenn. Competing against some of the nation’s top women’s collegiate crews, the Kansas State rowing team finished 11th among central region opponents on the final day of the 2004 Lexus Central/Southern Sprints held Sunday at Melton Hill Lake.
In the B Final of the Novice Eight race, K-State turned in a third-place time of 7:15.30, two-tenths of a second behind host Tennessee (7:15.10) and eventual winner Virginia (7:12.40). The Wildcats, seeded fifth in the event, sprinted more than five seconds faster than boats from Indiana, North Carolina and Cincinnati.
The First Varsity Eight squad comprised of coxswain Elane Walker and crew members Linzi Hauldren, Lori Holcomb, Lara Schrock, Angela Murray, Grace Riekenberg, Amiee Finkbeiner, Courtney Franssen and Megan Hauver, placed fourth with a time of 7:03.50 in the Women’s Varsity Eight C Final. The Wildcats’ top boat beat out Clemson and SMU, but were edged by crews from Miami (Fla.), Indiana and Louisville.
Meanwhile, the Second Varsity Eight boat guided by Stephanie Riegle (cox), Katie Baxter, Kristin Alstatt, Megan Burki, Jamie Holt, Amy Wagner, Veronica Noonan, Erin Erhart and Kirsten Clevenger, finished sixth in the C Final of their respective race in a time of 7:26.50.
As a team, No. 5 Ohio State earned the Central region’s automatic bid to the upcoming NCAA Championships on May 28-30 in Sacramento, Calif., winning the postseason qualifying regatta with a combined 391 points. Eight of the 23 varsity teams which competed at the Lexus Sprints were ranked in the latest USRowing/Collegiate Rowing Coaches Association NCAA Division I Top 20 Coaches Poll, while three received votes.
K-State’s three shells (1V8, 2V8 and 1N8) combined for 110 points to place 19th overall in its 2003-04 season closer.
2004 LEXUS CENTRAL/SOUTHERN SPRINTS
May 15-16, 2004
Melton Hill Lake
at Oak Ridge, Tenn.
CENTRAL REGION OVERALL TEAM RESULTS
1, Ohio State, 391. 2, Wisconsin, 363. 3, Michigan, 362. 4, Michigan State, 303. 5, Notre Dame, 295. 6, Minnesota, 264. 7, Iowa, 207. 8, Kansas, 189. 9, Indiana, 126. 10, Cincinnati, 111. 11, Kansas State, 110. 12, Eastern Michigan, 95. 13, Murray State, 9.
WOMEN’S NOVICE EIGHT B FINAL
1, Virginia, 7:12.40. 2, Tennessee, 7:15.10. 3, Kansas State, 7:15.30. 4, Indiana, 7:20.10. 5, North Carolina, 7:23.50. 6, Cincinnati, 7:31.60.
WOMEN’S SECOND VARSITY EIGHT C FINAL
1, Minnesota, 7:14.40. 2, Central Florida, 7:16.20. 3, Kansas, 7:18.20. 4, Eastern Michigan, 7:21.30. 5, Louisville, 7:21.60. 6, Kansas State, 7:26.50.
WOMEN’S VARSITY EIGHT C FINAL
1, Miami (Fla.), 6:56.80. 2, Indiana, 7:01.90. 3, Louisville, 7:02.00. 4, Kansas State, 7:03.50. 5, Clemson, 7:07.30. 6, SMU, 7:07.50.