K-State rowing hits the water for the first time after months of cold weather


After more than a month of freezing temperatures and grueling indoor workouts, the Kansas State University women’s rowing team got some action on the water against the University of Oklahoma in Oklahoma City.

This is the first time the Wildcats have hit the water since winter camp in Austin, Texas over winter break.

Patrick Sweeney, head coach, seemed impressed with the crew after the work that was put in on Saturday:

“We had good training runs with Oklahoma,” Sweeney said to K-State Sports on Saturday. “The athletes learned a lot and us coaches got a lot of information. We are looking forward to getting on the water again in California to continue the progress.”

While many of the rowers were eager to get back on the water and race, the freshmen had their first opportunity to show everyone what they were made of.

The goal moving forward after this weekend will be to continue working on technique and change some seating assignments. Both of these objectives will be easy fixes as they are changes that can be made on the water once it gets warmer.

The biggest takeaway from this weekend for Sweeney, he said, is that the team is in good physical shape as they continue to build up for their next race.

The Wildcats will see some more time on the water when they head to the Hornet Invitational in Sacramento, California on March 16 and 17.

Hi, I'm Molly Hackett and I graduated with a Bachelor's of Science in broadcast journalism in May 2020. When I worked for the Collegian, I had a variety of different jobs, including managing editor and sports editor. Additionally, I served a one year term on the Collegian Media Group Board of Directors. I also worked for KKSU-TV and appeared as an anchor on MHK All Day during my final semester at K-State. In my free time, I like to spend time with the people closest to me, travel, drink coffee and take naps.