Jordan Lund looks back on her K-State rowing career

The women of the varsity rowing try to keep their strokes in perfect unison during practice in the tank room on Feb. 13. (Archive photo)

Jordan Lund committed her last four years to the Kansas State rowing team, putting in the endless amounts of effort and helping the Wildcats stack accolades over those years.

Lund said she grew up as a “K-State kid,” but her interest in rowing began with a letter from the rowing team. Before the start of her rowing career, Lund played volleyball for 12 years.

“Mentally, both sports are comparable as far as a mindset,” Lund said.

The real difficulty came from learning a completely new set of physical skills. As Lund began her sophomore year, she began to feel herself turn a corner in her rowing ability.

“It really just began to click in January of my second year, and along with that my numbers just continued to get better,” Lund said.

Former rower and current assistant coach for K-State, Hanna Wiltfong said Lund has put in the effort to improve in and out of the boats.

“Jordan has grown as an athlete and as a teammate over the last five years,” Wiltfong said. “She has worked hard in every aspect, and the personal and social growth I have seen in her is tremendous.”

The success and growth accomplished in practices translated to a dominant sweep of Kansas in the Sunflower Showdown just a few weeks ago.

In her career, Lund has accumulated many accolades and successes. She earned four gold medals at the SIRA Championships, and helped the rowing team beat St. Mary’s College and San Diego State at the Hornet Invitational. She took home the silver medal at the Sunshine State Invitational Grand Finals. She also earned Academic All-Big 12 First Team twice.

Lund also attributed much of both her personal and team success to the cohesion of the team, adding that the loss of teammate Samantha Scott in October 2018 opened her eyes.

“In moments like that you realize how much people mean to you, and without my teammates, my college experience would be so much different,” Lund said.

In the future of K-State rowing, Lund said she “hopes that our same philosophy stands, finding girls that are willing to continue to push and fight to get stronger every day. And hoping those women keep aspiring to be great.”

Lund will be graduating next weekend with a degree in chemical engineering and a minor in leadership studies.