Kansas Rowing Starts Season with Impressive Performance at Boot of the Oklahoma

Oct. 3, 2009

Oklahoma City, Okla.—Kansas rowing got off to a strong start on Saturday as the Jayhawks placed near the top in all the events the team entered. Kansas’ best finish came in the Collegiate Eight Petite 500 meter sprint finishing first with a time of 1:36.290, a second and a half ahead of second place Oklahoma City.

“The main races we were focused on were the longer races—the 4000 meter races,” said head coach Rob Catloth. “The young kids learned what they can do. The older guys had some good performances.”

The day began with Kansas entering 11 rowers in the Women’s Open 1x. Seniors Lindsey Lawrence and Stacy Rachow finished fourth and fifth respectively. Those performances qualified both rowers for the Womens Open/Ltwt/Masters 1x 500m, but both decided to focus on the Collegiate Eight races instead.

“Lindsey and Stacy getting fourth and fifth in the single, they finished pretty well,” Catloth said. “We’ve been doing a lot in small boats and we did pretty well. We had a lot of entries, but we were near the top of the group.”

In the Collegiate Eight qualifier the Kansas Collegiate B finished fourth and qualified for the stampede grand final. The Collegiate C finished eighth and qualified for the stampede petite final. The Collegiate B finished third in the stampede grand final.

“As a whole I think we’re off to a good start,” said Catloth.

Kansas continues the fall season next Saturday, Oct. 10 at the Sunflower Showdown in Manhattan, Kan., against Kansas State.

A full list of today’s results can be found at powerhousetiming.com.