Rowing team claims several races at first spring regatta in California

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Senior Kennedy Felice and junior Rachel Haskell carry the 4+ boat after a race at the Jayhawk Jamboree in Lawrence on Oct. 21, 2018. (Dalton Wainscott | Collegian Media Group)

This past weekend, the Kansas State rowing team claimed victory in nine races in its spring opener at the Hornet Invitational.

The competition was held on Lake Natoma in Sacramento, California, on Saturday and Sunday. This was the first regatta of the spring season for the Wildcats.

K-State had five boats racing in this competition in individual sessions against Saint Mary’s, Sacramento State and San Diego State.

During Saturday’s races, the Wildcats claimed seven consecutive races against Sacramento State and Saint Mary’s.

“I think that all the racing went really well,” head coach Patrick Sweeney said to K-State Sports. “It was a great weekend for us.”

The K-State 1v8+ boat defeated Saint Mary’s in open water in 6:37.5, and the Wildcats won all four races that afternoon against Sacramento State. The 2v8+ boat won in 6:49.1. The first day of the regatta ended with K-State coming in first over Sacramento State in 7:05.6.

“I think we are in a really good physical state, but we have to work on our technique and sharpen up, but that comes with being on the water,” Sweeney said to K-State Sports.

On Sunday morning, K-State rounded out the Hornet Invitational by winning races with its 1v4+ and 2v8+ boats against San Diego State.

The K-State 1v4+ boat crew won in 7:27.5. Coming in second and beating San Diego State, the 2v4+ boat finished in 7:33.7.

Next up for the rowing team will be the Sunshine State Invitational in Sarasota, Florida, on April 5 and 6.

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