Saturday’s close loss to in-state rival Kansas in Kansas City, Kansas was a tough pill for the women’s rowing team to swallow.

Head coach Patrick Sweeney, however, is quick to focus on the upcoming Big 12 Championship.

“We’ve worked them fairly hard coming into today,” Sweeney said to K-State Sports. “It’s not like we’ve really peaked because we’re still looking at Big 12 (Championship). It was obvious (Kansas) was sharper than we were. So we need to go and figure out how to get sharper and improve upon where we are at, two weeks from now.”

After falling behind early, the Wildcats rallied late to set up a winner-take-all involving the 1st Varsity 8 teams. The Wildcats got out to a favorable lead, but it was Kansas making a late charge of their own to steal the victory and the Sunflower Showdown Cup by edging the Wildcats 6:52.1 to 6:52.46

Up next for the Wildcats is the Big 12 Championship in Oak Ridge, Tennessee on May 16-17.