Kansas Wins Kansas Cup 12-8 on Senior Day
April 3, 2010
KANSAS CITY, Kan.—Kansas rowing made the most of senior day on Saturday April 3 by winning the 2010 Kansas Cup 12-8 in dominating fashion at Wyandotte County Lake in Kansas City, Kan. The Jayhawks won the first five races giving them 12 points and sealing the victory before the last race started.
“This is great for the program and the women on the team,” said head coach Rob Catloth. “We’ve been trying to build up. We moved into the new boathouse last year and we’re making a strong push to raise the competition level of our team.”
Kansas was close to completing a sweep of the Wildcats, but Kansas State won the First Varsity Eight race 7:11.2 to 7:16.1 which was good for eight points. The jayhawks now lead the series 7-6.
“(The First Varsity Eight) is a race we really want to win,” Caloth said. “We’re still trying to get our 1V up to speed. For everyone else we could just enjoy the last race because we knew we had the cup.”
By winning the first three races that counted for points, Kansas was in position to seal the victory by winning the Second Varsity Eight race, which the Jayhawks did in dramatic fashion. KU pulled ahead to win by just four seconds in a back and forth race.
“It was really inspiring to know that if our boat won the race we would win the whole Kansas Cup,” said Junior Julia Guard. “We were down three or four seats with 500 meters to go and (coxswain) Karlie (Brown) gave us the motivation. It was an awesome finish.”
KU dominated in the Varsity Four winning by 32 seconds over the Wildcats and earned three points for the team.
“All week long we really worked on our starts to make sure that we had the first four strokes down and then a nice push right off,” said senior Brittany Belford. “I guess getting ahead helped keep us ahead.”
Winning the First Novice Eight got Kansas on the board early as the Jayhawks crossed the finish line just five seconds ahead of Kansas State and earned three points.
“We’re trying to build a strong team,” said Catloth. “A lot of our young kids did a really good job today and won their races. We’re trying to build some depth on our team.”
Kansas will compete again on Saturday April 10 and Sunday April 11 in Lewberry, Pa., against Old Dominion, Rhode Island and Bucknell in head-to-head action.
First Varsity Eight 8 points
1. Kansas State 7:11.2
2. Kansas 7:16.1
Second Varsity Eight 5 points
1. Kansas 7:12.8
2. Kansas State 7:16.5
Second Varsity Four 1 point
1. Kansas A 8:05.8
2. Kansas State 8:27.7
3. Kansas B 8:43.1
First Varsity Four 3 points
1. Kansas 8:02.9
2. Kansas State 8:34.5
First Novice Eight 3 points
1. Kansas 7:24.5
2. Kansas State 7:29.2
Second Novice Eight
1. Kansas A 7:34.5
2. Kansas B 7:57.9