KU to Host K-State on Senior Day

April 4, 2007


The Kansas rowing team will renew its rivalry with Kansas State this weekend for their annual spring battle for the Kansas Cup. KU defeated K-State, 14-11, in the fall. The regatta, starting at 10 a.m. on Saturday, April 7, will also mark Senior Day for 10 Jayhawk rowers.

In the fall, the Jayhawks jumped out to a 13-0 advantage led by First and Second Varsity Eight victories. Kansas’ First Varsity Eight boat won by a slim margin of 4.6 seconds, while the Second Varsity Eight boat secured a 6.5 second victory. Kansas would add one more point in the Third Novice Eight race to come away with the 14-11 road win over the Wildcats.

However, last year in Lawrence, K-State spoiled the Jayhawks’ Senior Day with a 13-8 victory. KU won the regatta’s most prestigious event, the First Varsity Eight race, but failed to record a victory in three other races. All four races were decided by 10 seconds or less, including the Varsity Four race, which was won by K-State with a time of 7:19.9, 0.5 seconds ahead of the KU boat.

Boats will launch between 9:00 and 9:15 a.m. with the regatta’s first race beginning at 10 a.m. on the Kansas River near Burcham Park. The final race is scheduled to conclude at 11:15 a.m.

Boating assignments will be posted later in the week. The points system and race schedule for the regatta are below.

Points System:
Varsity Eight 8 points
Second Varsity Eight 5 points
Novice Eight 5 points
Varsity Four 3 points
Novice Four 1 point

Race Times:
Novice Four: 10:00 a.m.
Novice Eight: 10:15 a.m.
Varsity Four: 10:30 a.m.
Second Varsity Eight: 10:45 a.m.
First Varsity Eight: 11:00 a.m.

Please check back later in the week with kuathletics.com for more details on the weekend regatta.

Directions to Burcham Park:
-From the Kansas Turnpike (I – 70) take West Lawrence exit #202. Go through first stop light, turn left at 4th Street. Take 4th St. to third stop sign, turn left on Indiana St. Follow Indiana St. two blocks then turn right into Burcham Park at 2nd and Indiana. (Parking will be available outside of the park — parking inside the park is reserved for officials and athletes).