Rowing returns to competition after nearly three-week break


Almost three weeks removed from a positive performance at the San Diego Crew Classic on March 28-29, K-State women’s rowing returns to action this weekend, this time in Oak Ridge, Tennessee for the Southern Intercollegiate Rowing Association Championship Regatta.

The Wildcats will send five boats to the meet to compete in four different races beginning on Saturday: Women’s Varsity 8, Women’s Junior Varsity 8, Women’s Varsity 4 and Women’s Novice 8.

Melton Hill Lake, where the competition is held, is also the site of the Big 12 Championship, which is set to take place on May 16-17.

“This weekend is really setting up the last two races — the KU race (Sunflower Showdown) and the Big 12 race — which are the two big ones for us this season. You always want to perform well at both those meets,” K-State head coach Patrick Sweeney said to K-State Sports. “So really the aim of the team going into SIRAs is to set the stage for the next two races.”

The SIRA meet will wrap up on Sunday. K-State will then prepare for the Sunflower Showdown on May 2 in Kansas City, Kansas.