No. 16 Minnesota Powers Past Jayhawk Rowers

April 26, 2008

ST. PAUL, Minn. – Kansas rowing fell to the 16th ranked Minnesota Golden Gophers Friday evening along Lake Phalen in seven races. A weekend winter storm in Minnesota forced the Kansas-Minnesota dual to be moved up to a Friday evening start time. <?xml:namespace prefix=”o” ns=”urn:schemas-microsoft-com:office:office”?>

Minnesota won all seven races, however, the Jayhawk novice boats battled the Golden Gophers well. The Jayhawk First Novice Eight boat finished 3.7 seconds behind the Minnesota boat in the evening’s closest race. KU’s Second Novice Eight boat also finished a close second to Minnesota, trailing by only 7.7 seconds.

Kansas’ varsity boats continued its steady improvement, but failed to threaten Minnesota’s varsity boats. KU’s First Varsity Eight boat crossed the wire in 6:44.1, while the Second Varsity Eight boat finished in 6:57.3.

“Minnesota is really good,” said Kansas head coach Rob Catloth. “It wasn’t our greatest performance, but I thought it was pretty good considering the spur the moment type conditions we were in. I thought we did a good job considering that we got off the bus after a seven hour ride and had to race.”

Kansas will next be in action Saturday, May 3 in Austin, Texas for the Big 12 Invitational where KU will face Kansas State and Texas. Check back with for more information regarding Kansas rowing and the Big 12 Invitational.

Saturday’s Results:
First Varsity Eight
1. Minnesota: 6:16.7
2. Kansas: 6:44.1

Second Varsity Eight
1. Minnesota: 6:25.3
2. Kansas: 6:57.3

First Novice Eight
1. Minnesota: 6:45.5
2: Kansas: 6:49.2

Second Novice Eight
1. Minnesota: 6:52.7
2. Kansas: 7:00.4

First Varsity Four
1. Minnesota: 7:06.3
2. Kansas: 7:41.0

Second Varsity Four
1. Minnesota `A’: 7:27.9
2. Minnesota `B’: 7:45.8
3. Kansas: 8:10.7

Third Novice Eight
1. Minnesota: 7:17.9
2. Kansas: 7:32.8