Kansas Rowing Has Strong Showing at Knecht Cup

April 10, 2011


Kansas rowing enjoyed a lot of success, including one victory and an additional second-place finish, Sunday at the Knecht Cup hosted by Villanova.

The Second Novice Eight took first place in its race with a time of 7:29.43, defeating North Carolina by more than seven seconds. Abbey Lozenski served as the coxswain for the Second Novice Eight, while the eight rowers were Allie McLane, Jasmyn Turner, Caity Decker, Katie Hayes, Amanda Lewis, Marie Fesen, Meg DeMuri and Bailey Stallbaumer. That same group of rowers also entered in the Second Varsity Eight competition and finished sixth in the petite final after qualifying for the final with its best time of the weekend, 7:25.31.

“The Second Novice Eight not only won its race, but it defeated some Second Varsity teams as well, so we’re pleased with that,” said Kansas head rowing coach Rob Catloth.

The Women’s Second Varsity Four of sophomores Abby Wicinski, Laura Brown, Amber Malone, senior Melissa Hersh and sophomore coxswain Olivia Catloth took second place in its final, completing the 2000-meter race in 8:19.70. Meanwhile, the Varsity Four of sophomores Cheyenne Verdoorn, Ashleigh Allam, junior Katie Bremer, senior Caitlyn Roach and junior coxswain Lindsey Bricklemyer qualified for the Grand Final and ended up taking seventhplace out of 18 entries with a time of 8:12.51.

The Novice Eight team barely missed out on a second place finish, finishing behind Villanova by only a second with a time of 7:18.90 to take third place in the Grand Final out of 24 teams. The Novice Eight team consisted of coxswain Katie Mathis and rowers Emma Umbarger, Jessica Miller, Liz Scherer, Emily Starr, Cara Murray, Kelsie Fiss, Hillary Woods and Hannah Singhal.

“The Novice Eight had the second-best time on Saturday,” said Catloth. “They ended up getting third today. They had a good race, and we were really pleased with how they did.”

The Varsity Eight posted its first sub-seven minute time of the year with a time of 6:55.31 in the semifinal to qualify for the petite final where the team took fourth place with a time of 7:04.91. Senior Elise Langtry was the coxswain, while seniors Nicole Schneider, Melanie Luthi and Meaghan Oven, juniors Cassy Cobble, Paige Stephens and Angela Mings, and sophomores Danielle Adam and Olivia Kinet rounded out the crew.

The Second Varsity Eight team of seniors Lauren Pollmiller, Rachelle Pauly and Allison Able, juniors Molly Boehner and Kathryn Schoonover, and sophomores Megan Boxberger, Katy Evans, Eileen Gallagher finished third place in the petite final of its competition with a time of 7:15.15, less than one second behind Drexel for second place. Senior Karlie Brown was the coxswain of the boat.

“We felt like we did pretty well in both Varsity Eight races since we were top 10 out of 30 teams,” said Catloth. “We learned a lot in racing and performed at a continually higher level as the weekend went on.”

Kansas’ next two events will be at Wyandotte County Lake in Kansas City, Kan. KU will host Kansas State April 23 and the Big 12 Rowing Championship April 30.

“We’re excited to host Kansas State in two weeks and then the Big 12 Rowing Championship after that,” said Catloth. “Right now we feel like we’re hitting the middle of the season and showing some really good improvement. I think the team is gaining some confidence, so we’re hoping to carry that into our last dual and then the championship season after that.”