K-State earns three golds, one silver in dominating weekend performance

Sophomore Noelle Dykmann warms up while senior Meggie Murray concentrates during practice on April 8, 2015 at Tuttle Creek Lake. (File Photo by Rodney Dimick | The Collegian)

The lengthy time away from competition didn’t faze the K-State women’s rowing team over weekend in Oak Ridge, Tennessee at the Southern Intercollegiate Rowing Association Championship Regatta. Out of the five boats sent to compete, four returned to Manhattan with medals and the fifth boat a fourth-place finish.

“All the boats raced extremely well this weekend,” head coach Patrick Sweeney said to K-State Sports.” Based on the races, they handled the technical aspects of what we worked on the past couple weeks well and did what they were asked to do within each of their races.”

All five boats qualified for Sunday’s championships where K-State competed in four different races. In the grand finals, three boats earned gold medals: 1st Varsity 8, 2nd Varsity 8 and 1st Varsity 4. K-State’s 3rd Varsity 8 and 1st Novice 8 squads finished second and fourth, respectively, to round out the weekend finishes.

Up next for K-State is the 18th edition of the Sunflower Showdown against in-state rival Kansas. The Wildcats and Jayhawks will square off on Wyandotte County Lake in Kansas City, Kansas on May 2.