Kansas Finishes in 16th Place at Regionals

May 13, 2007

OAK RIDGE, Tenn. –

Kansas concluded its 2007 campaign in Oak Ridge, Tenn. at the South-Central Regionals with several solid performances and a strong finish from the team’s Novice Eight boat. Of the 23 team field, Kansas placed 16th with 152 points, three places in front of in-state rival Kansas State and only six points behind Big 12 rival Texas. The Novice Eight boat finished in 8th place, Kansas’ highest placement.

Both the Second and First Varsity Eight boats raced in the “C” final. The Second Varsity Eight boat finished in 6th place and 18th overall to earn 24 points with a time of 7:15.78. The First Varsity Eight boat crossed the wire in fourth place and 16th overall to earn 72 points in a time of 6:51.92. The Varsity Eight boat trailed Texas by only 2.7 seconds.

In the Open Four competition, Kansas’ boat qualified for the “B” final or the “Petite” final. Kansas crossed the line in 8:14.10, good enough for 12th place overall. The Open Four boat earned the Jayhawks four points. KU’s varsity four boat also competed in the Petite final. The boat finished in 10th place overall and 4th in its heat with a time of 7:52.52. The finish garnered Kansas 30 points.

The Novice Eight boat placed the highest for Kansas, finishing in 8th place in a time of 7:11.83. The squad earned 22 points for Kansas.

“Across the board, I thought we raced really well,” said head coach Rob Catloth. “We competed well against the top teams in the country and held our own against our level of competition, especially against the team’s in our Big 12 region. The Novice Eight’s finish is exciting and should be a great place to build for next year.”

Check back later in the week for a recap on the 2007 rowing season. Complete results are below.

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