Wildcat rowers head to Jayhawk Jamboree

The varsity rowing team pushes hard as they head back to the dock after practice on Apr. 8, 2015 at Tuttle Creek Lake in Manhattan. (File Photo by Rodney Dimick | The Collegian)

The K-State rowing team is traveling to Lawrence on Sunday for the Jayhawk Jamboree.

The Wildcats had some strong performances in the Head of the Oklahoma event on Oct. 3.

There, K-State had first-place finishes from the Novice 4+ with a time of 17:49.77 to the Novice 8+ with a time of 16:51.17.

Along with the first-place finishes, the Wildcats had a second-place finish in the Novice 4+ whose time was 17:50.12, as well as fifth-place finishes in the Women’s Varsity 8+ and Women’s Varsity 4+.

While those performances might seem solid for the first race of the season, K-State head coach Patrick Sweeney said he felt otherwise about the varsity boats.

“Varsity did not execute the required race plan, so they under-performed,” Sweeney said to K-State Sports. “I hope that they learned and do better in two weeks.”

Sweeney said he was very happy with the performances of the Novices, however.

“The novices came out strong on their first-ever races,” Sweeney said. “Now they must continue their growth.”

If the varsity boats and novices can build on what they have established in the first event of the season, then fully expect the Wildcats to have a big weekend at the Jamboree.

K-State saw some success in last season’s Jayhawk Jamboree, as well.

They finished third in the Women’s Varsity 8 with a time of 13:25.52. The Novice 8 finished second with a time of 14:41.17, while the Varsity 4 ‘B’ boat had a time of 14:55.79 – which was good enough to finish fifth.

The Wildcats used this success in the final fall event last year to springboard them to a third-place finish in the Big 12; this year’s team will be looking to do the same.

The teams competing in the Jayhawk Jamboree this year are Kansas, Tulsa, K-State, Iowa and Creighton.

The event will take place at the Kansas Rowing Boathouse, which is located on the Kansas River. The first races are at 11:15 a.m., with the last race scheduled to start at 3:30 p.m.