Rowing To Compete At Big 12 Regatta

April 28, 2005

The University of Kansas Rowing team will match up against the University of Texas and Kansas State at the Big 12 Regatta on Saturday, April 30, in Austin, Texas. The Jayhawks begin racing at 8:40am.

In its second race of the spring season, Kansas took on Texas in a dual in Austin. The Jayhawks were unable to come away with a win in any race but gained valuable experience. In the First Varsity Eight race, Texas came in with a first place time of 6:34.5, followed by Kansas’ time of 6:44.5. In the Second Varsity Eight race, Kansas came in second with a time of 7:08.6. In the Novice Races, Kansas again earned two second place finishes. In the First Novice race, Kansas notched a time of 7:07.9. In the Second Novice race, Kansas finished with a time of 7:44.5.

This will be the third meeting between the Jayhawks and the Wildcats of instate-rival Kansas State. In the fall season, Kansas was defeated, 12-10, by K-State in the Sunflower Showdown in Lawrence, Kan. In the Novice Four, Kansas finished with time of 8:31.7. In the closest race of the day, Kansas State inched passed Kansas in the Second Novice Eight with a time of 7:39.4. Kansas finished the race at 7:39.9. Kansas came out on top in the First Novice Eight race with a time of 7:18.2, followed by Kansas State at 7:52.8. Kansas was again victorious in the Second Varsity Eight race with a time of 6:41.4. In the final race of the day, the First Varsity Eight came in at 6:31.8.

In the spring season, Kansas traveled to Manhattan, Kan., to compete for the Kansas Cup. The Jayhawks again came up short, 9-8, against the Wildcats. The Jayhawks lost within a second in two of its races, and failed to win the Cup for the first time after winning it for six consective years. Despite strong winds, the 1st Varsity Eight raced to the finish line in 6:36.6, beating K-State by nine seconds and earning Kansas its only race victory of the day. The 2nd Varsity Eight came up short by only five-tenths of a second to place in second with 6:33.3. The 1st Novice Eight came in second with 6:35.6, falling short of K-State’s 6:35.0. Kansas’ 2nd Novice Eight came in second with a time of 8:14.5.

For complete results following the regatta and more information on Kansas rowing, visit www.kuathletics.com.

Schedule of Events

8:40am 2nd Novice 4 KU, UT, UT

9:00am 1st Novice 8 KSU, KU, UT

9:20am 1st Varsity 4 KSU, KU, UT

9:40am 2nd Varsity 8 KSU, KU, UT

10:00am 1st Varsity 8 KSU, KU, UT