Wildcats headed to San Diego for the Crew Classic

The rowing team on Apr. 8, 2015 at Tuttle Creek Lake in Manhattan. (File Photo by Rodney Dimick | The Collegian)

The K-State rowing team is headed to San Diego to compete in the San Diego Crew Classic this Saturday and Sunday.

“The Crew Classic is a very important race, so I am hoping for some strong results this weekend,” head coach Patrick Sweeney said to K-State Sports.

The young team had trouble getting on the water early on in the season, but the Cats’ spring camp followed by a race against Tulsa has provided some much needed practice and experience.

“It will provide our younger team with a lot of experience and will really help us prepare for the Big 12 Championships,” Sweeney said of the upcoming race to K-State Sports. “We have continued to improve every day since our last race against Tulsa.”

Last season’s Crew Classic was one of many highlights for the team. The 1V8, 2V8 and 1V4 boats all qualified for the grand finals, with the 1V8 boat finishing a program best second place.

While the team may not be up to par with last year’s squad quite yet, the Cats did get their first victory of the season against Tulsa two weeks ago.

The 1V8 boat finished ahead of the pack by five seconds with a time of 8:03.5. The rest of the team’s boats didn’t fare as well as they would’ve hoped but got some valuable experience on the water.

The competition will get underway Saturday morning as the 1V8 boats hit the water.

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