Wildcats, Jayhawks meet in Kansas City for rowing showdown

The varsity rowing team tries to get their formation during practice on April 8, 2015 at Tuttle Creek Lake in Manhattan, KS. (File Photo by Rodney Dimick | The Collegian)

History shows that K-State has had the upper hand on in-state rival Kansas when it comes to the battle in the water, winning nine out of the last 10 meetings. K-State head coach Patrick Sweeney said he hopes that dominance continues on Saturday on the Wyandotte County Lake in Kansas City, Kansas.

“This year is going to be an interesting matchup,” Sweeney said to K-State Sports. “I don’t like to make predictions, but they’ve shown in their results this year that they can compete.”

In last year’s Sunflower Showdown, it was the Wildcats overwhelming the Jayhawks with 15-straight points after facing an early 6-2 deficit following two early victories.

“I have solid confidence in where our boats are going and we’re continuing to gain speed,” Sweeney said. “We keep getting better. It’s not like we have leveled out, we’re getting faster.

The Wildcats and Jayhawks will compete in six races starting at 11 a.m. on Saturday.