Kansas State Defeats Kansas 13-8, Wins Kansas Cup

April 12, 2008

KANSAS CITY, Kan. – Kansas rowing fell to K-State Saturday morning on Wyandotte County Lake in Kansas City, Kan. Both the University of Kansas and K-State earned two victories in the four race duel, but the Wildcats grabbed the First Varsity Eight race to earn eight points and a 13-8 overall victory. <?xml:namespace prefix=”o” ns=”urn:schemas-microsoft-com:office:office”?>

The Kansas Cup was Senior Day for four Kansas student-athletes: Alia Bober, Kara Boston, Hailee Jones and Elisheva Patterson. The duel will also be remembered for its wintry conditions, as flurries of snow and sleet fell throughout the morning.

Kansas got off to a quick start winning both novice races handily. The Novice Four boat earned a 28 second victory over K-State. KU’s Novice Eight boat also maneuvered through the chilly waters in a blazing 7:12.8 to finish 17 seconds ahead of the Wildcats. The Novice Eight race was contested from a floating start because of large gusts of wind at the start line.

Although the Jayhawks fell to K-State, head coach Rob Catloth was impressed by his novice team’s performance at the meet.

“The novice team raced well,” said Catloth. “I think we have a pretty solid group of novice rowers.”

Kansas State rallied from the 8-0 deficit to take both Varsity Races. K-State finished four seconds ahead of Kansas’ Second Novice Eight boat. The Wildcats First Varsity Eight boat completed the course in 7:16.0, 6.7 seconds faster than KU’s top boat. It is Kansas State’s third Kansas Cup victory in the past four years.

“I don’t think we matched K-State’s race intensity today. We need to get some more races under our belt so that we understand what it takes to be `race intense’,” Catloth added.

The Jayhawks will head to Oak Ridge, Tenn., next weekend for the Southern Intercollegiate Rowing Association Championship. The two-day regatta will be KU’s first non-duel regatta of the spring and will act as a prep for the South-Central Regionals that will be held over the same course in May. Please check back with kuathletics.com for all the latest women’s rowing information. Today’s results are listed below.


First Novice Four – 3 points
Kansas: 8:25.1
Kansas State: 8:53.3

First Novice Eight- 5 points
Kansas `A’: 7:12.8
Kansas State: 7:29.8
Kansas `B’: 8:07.9

Second Varsity Eight – 5 points
Kansas State: 7:25.9
Kansas `A’: 7:29.9
Kansas `B’: 7:47.2

First Varsity Eight – 8 points
Kansas State: 7:16.0
Kansas: 7:22.7