Kansas In Second Place After Two Races, Finishes Fourth At Big 12 Rowing Championship

April 30, 2011

KANSAS CITY, Kan. –

Kansas rowing enjoyed success early at the Big 12 Championship by placing second in each of the Novice Eight races. However, Texas claimed all six races to win its third consecutive Big 12 title, while Kansas fell in the standings during the varsity races to ultimately place fourth.

Kansas hosted the 2011 Big 12 Rowing Championship at Wyandotte County Lake in Kansas City, Kan., its second time to host the regatta in the three-year history of the event.

“It was a really good event today,” said Kansas head coach Rob Catloth. “It was a little windy to start out, but then it died down and we had perfect water. That’s what all of the rowers and coaches want. There were a lot of good, close races today. It shows that Texas is still out front, but we’re getting some good parity in the Big 12 Conference.”

The regatta began with the Second Varsity Four, which was not worth any points in determining the Big 12 Champion. The teams had to row into a headwind throughout the 2000-meter course, and Texas won the race with a time of 8:45.5. Kansas finished third with a time of 9:05.1.

In the Second Novice Eight race, Texas again claimed a victory with a time of 7:37.9, while Kansas took second place with a time of 7:46.3, more than 17 seconds ahead of the third-place Oklahoma boat.

In the First Novice Eight race, Kansas earned another second place finish with a time of 7:23.0, less than five seconds behind Texas, which was the closest any boat finished within Texas for the entire Championship.

“Our novices are continuing to do well every week,” said Catloth. “We’re really excited about that group.”

Following the two novice races, Kansas was in second place in the standings with nine points, while Texas led with 12 points and Oklahoma and Kansas State were tied for third place with four points.

Kansas and Kansas State had close finishes in each of the two Varsity Eight races, beginning with the Second Varsity Eight where Kansas came in fourth with a time of 7:16.5, only two seconds behind the Wildcats.

In the First Varsity Eight, Kansas and Kansas State were neck-and-neck for much of the race with third place in the Big 12 Championship on the line. Kansas State edged the Jayhawks at the finish with a time of 7:02.5 compared to 7:03.5 by KU.

“With 500 meters left they were pretty much even,” said Catloth. “A second isn’t much difference, only about 10 to 15 feet after racing for 1.25 miles, so that was really close.”

By finishing ahead of KU in the final race, Kansas State held on to third place in the final standings, while Kansas finished the regatta in fourth place with 54 points. Texas won the Big 12 Championship with a perfect total of 111 points, while Oklahoma was second with 85 points.

All four teams will now compete at the Conference USA Championship Saturday, May 14, in Oak Ridge, Tenn. In addition to being a part of the Big 12 Conference, Kansas, Kansas State, Oklahoma and Texas are all part of Conference USA in rowing along with Alabama, Tennessee, Tulsa, SMU and UCF.

Catloth noted that Kansas showed a lot of improvement at the Big 12 Championship and hopes that will carry over to the Conference USA Championship.

“We made up some time on Kansas State from last week as well as Oklahoma from earlier in the year,” said Catloth. “We’re pleased with that. We traditionally make an improvement in the last month of the season, and I think we’re doing that. Our varsity boats closed a lot of time on Kansas State today, so I’m really excited and looking forward to the Conference USA Championship in two weeks.”

2011 Big 12 Rowing Championship Results
Wyandotte County Lake – Kansas City, Kan.
April 30, 2011

2nd Varsity Four
Texas 8:45.5
Oklahoma 8:53.6
Kansas 9:05.1

2nd Novice Eight
Texas 7:37.9 4 pts
Kansas 7:46.3 3 pts
Oklahoma 8:03.8 2 pts

1st Novice Eight
Texas 7:18.3 8 pts
Kansas 7:23.0 6 pts
Kansas State 7:24.9 4 pts
Oklahoma 7:29.6 2 pts

1st Varsity Four
Texas 7:44.1 17 pts
Oklahoma 7:50.9 14 pts
Kansas State 8:10.9 11 pts
Kansas 8:16.0 8 pts

2nd Varsity Eight
Texas 6:55.9 32 pts
Oklahoma 7:09.8 26 pts
Kansas State 7:14.4 20 pts
Kansas 7:16.5 14 pts

1st Varsity Eight
Texas 6:47.7 50 pts
Oklahoma 6:57.9 41 pts
Kansas State 7:02.5 32 pts
Kansas 7:03.5 23 pts

FINAL STANDINGS
1. Texas 111 pts
2. Oklahoma 85 pts
3. Kansas State 67 pts
4. Kansas 54 pts