Rowing season starts off with quality performance in Oklahoma


The K-State Wildcats rowing team sent 10 boats to the Head of the Oklahoma regatta in Oklahoma City, with four finishing in the top 10 of various races.

Two boats finished in the top 10 in the Women’s Collegiate 8 while two more finished in the top 10 in the Women’s Collegiate 4+ Row for the Cure.

K-State head coach Patrick Sweeney said in a K-State Sports press release that this weekend was a good start for a team that still has growing to do.

“The women rowed well and executed as asked,” Sweeney said. “It was a good first outing although we obviously have a lot of work to do.”

One of the more interesting developments at the regatta happened when boats from Kansas and Oklahoma collided, which resulted in their times being adjusted to account for the difference. The adjustment negatively affected K-State finish in the race.

Sweeney said he was disappointed with the times being adjusted.

“It’s impossible to know what time is lost in a clash especially when it is a part of head racing,” Sweeney said in a press release.

After Saturday’s fall opener, the Wildcats conclude their two-part fall season with a regatta against the Kansas Jayhawks on Sunday, Oct. 20 in Lawrence.