Jayhawks See Success in Day One of the Head of the Oklahoma

Sept. 30, 2012

Oklahoma City, Okla. –The Kansas rowing team began its fall season on Saturday at the Head of the Oklahoma with top ten finishes in the Varsity Eight, Varsity Four, and Double. In the afternoon, teams participated in qualifying races to earn spots in the finals at night.

The day started with all four KU boats qualifying for the finals in the Collegiate Eight with the Jayhawks’ top boat finishing eighth in qualifying with a time of 15:38.59. Members of that boat were freshman Maggie Duncan, junior Caity Decker, junior Alexandra Torquemada, senior Olivia Kinet, sophomore Jenni Hartzler, sophomore Erin Brogan, senior Katy Evans, sophomore Angie Flores Rodriguez and senior coxswain Olivia Catloth.

“I think it was a pretty good first race. We are a lot closer to Texas and Oklahoma than we were last year at this time and we are ahead of K-State so that it good,” KU head coach Rob Catloth said. “I think a lot of the stuff we are trying to do in practice they are implementing so we are pretty excited about that.”

KU also qualified two boats in the finals of the Double. Not a typical event for collegiate rowing, rowers use the Double event to gain experience on the technical side of rowing in order to improve in the Eight. The top double qualifier for KU was the team of Toruemada and Kinet who qualified in seventh place.

The final qualifying event for KU was in the Varsity Four. Two KU boats qualified for the final led by sophomore Allie Griffin, junior Amanda Lewis, junior Elizabeth Scherer, senior Danielle Adam and sophomore Coxswain Sarah Lasini. The team finished with a time of 17:15.14 and qualified in 11th.

The finals in each division are split into the Grand Final for the top six qualifiers and the Petite Final for the next six qualifiers. In the Eight Petite Final, KU finished fourth fifth, and sixth. KU’s top Varsity Eight qualifier raced in the Grand Final and finished fifth.

“We need to get better and get more points in the Eight and when we are starting only 30 seconds back of Texas and Oklahoma instead of 48 seconds last year, it puts us in a better position as we get ready for the spring,” Catloth said.

In the Double Petite Final, the Torquemada-Kinet boat finished third while the boat of Duncan and Flores Rodriguez finished fourth. The top KU boat in the Four Petite final finished second.

Overall, the day was positive according to Catloth.

“I think the athletes felt like they are starting to learn and apply the things we are working on in practice. That’s a positive. If you can make changes when you are tired, that is a positive,” Catloth said.

The Head of the Oklahoma continues on Sunday with KU participating in singles and four.

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