Rowing Has a Grand Day at the Knecht Cup

April 15, 2007


The Kansas rowing team excelled in the first and only day of competition at the Knecht Cup at the Copper River Course in Camden, N.J. on Saturday, April 14. Due to a forecast that predicts poor weather on Sunday, April 15, the Knecht Cup was rescheduled to be a one-day regatta. KU handled the schedule change with class, placing five boats in the Grand Finals, winning two races.

“We had a really good trip,” head coach Rob Catloth said. “And to come away with the results we got today, I am really pleased. There were some very good teams here.”

Kansas took first place in the Women’s Freshman/Novice Eight Grand Final with a time of 7:16.0. That time was 5.5 seconds faster than second-place Rhode Island. Kansas also won the Varsity Quad with a time of 7:44.4.

In the Varsity Four and the First and Second Varsity Eight races, KU grabbed fourth place against stiff competition including Gonzaga and Rhode Island.

“At this early stage in the season, we are the fastest we have been since 2000,” Catloth said. “Most of the schools that we raced against today have had 10 races this season. This was our third and we were very strong.”

Next up for the Jayhawks is a trip to St. Paul, Minn. to battle Big 10 power Minnesota. The one-day dual is scheduled for Saturday, April 21.

-Knecht Cup Results-

Varsity Four- Grand Final:
Gonzaga 7:42.5
Lafayette 7:45.4
Penn State 7:46.7
Kansas “A” 7:56.2
West Virginia 7:58.1
MIT “A” 7:58.9
Varsity Four- Petite Final:
Colgate 8:34.0
URI 8:34.4
Duquesne 8:40.3
SMU 8:42.4
BC 8:44.3
Kansas “B” 8:49.3

First Varsity Eight- Grand Final:
Gonzaga 6:48.3
URI 6:54.2
BC 6:58.6
UC Davis 7:05.7
Tulsa 7:14.9

Second Varsity Eight- Grand Final:
URI 7:00.4
Holy Cross 7:08.7
Tulsa 7:09.7
Kansas 7:10.7
Dayton 7:15.6
Delaware 7:33.2

Varsity Quad- Grand Final:
Kansas 7:44.4
Duquesne 8:47.5

First Novice Eight- Grand Final:
Kansas 7:16.0

URI 7:21.5
Buffalo 7:23.7
Princeton 7:26.0
Wisconsin 7:27.5
Philadelphia 7:33.7