Rowing Wraps Up Head of the Oklahoma

Oct. 10, 2010


Kansas rowing concluded the Head of the Oklahoma regatta on Sunday by competing in the women’s collegiate single, the women’s open four and the women’s open quad.

In the women’s collegiate single, senior Nicole Schneider was the top individual, placing sixth with a time of 18:42.3. Seniors Paige Stephens, Meaghan Oven and Cassie Sparks all notched top 10 performances, finishing eighth, ninth and tenth, respectively.

In the women’s open four, Kansas’ three entries finished fifth, sixth and seventh, with the top Jayhawk time of 16:30.8 being posted by the boat consisting of senior Rachelle Pauly, juniors Angela Mings, Katie Bremer and Kathryn Schoonover and senior coxswain Elise Langtry.

In the women’s open quad, Oven, Schneider, Stephens and Sparks finished second with a time 15:46.8.

On the first day of the regatta, Kansas competed in the women’s collegiate eight, the women’s collegiate four and additional singles and pairs races.

In the collegiate four, Kansas took second in the petite final, completing the 500-meter race in 1:52.3, only six-tenths of a second behind the winning Tulsa team.

In the night sprint races, the pair of Oven and Schneider won the women’s open 2x 500-meter petite final with a time of 1:46.9. The team of Sparks and Stephens took third in the event at 1:55.1, while sophomore Katy Evans and Pauly came in fourth, posting a time of 1:58.8.

Kansas head rowing coach Rob Catloth saw a lot of positives from the first day.

“I think some of our rowers in the individual events did really well, considering most of their competitions were against women who are trying to make the U.S. National Team and are training full-time,” said Catloth. ” In the eights and the fours we were just working on some of the things we’ve done in practice. I think we carried those out pretty well. It’s not totally a result-driven regatta.”

Oven said winning the night event was exciting because it was a completely new race for her.

“It’s not an event we usually do,” said Oven. “It was fun to sprint in the smaller boat, which is something that I’ve never done before. It was great to get that experience and get a win on top of it.”

Overall, Catloth felt the team accomplished what it intended to for the weekend.

“We got some more racing experience so we’re pretty pleased with the whole weekend,” said Catloth. “We feel like we learned a lot and have some good things to work on when we get home. The main objective of the event was to improve as a team and as individuals and to know what we need to work on to get better. We feel like we achieved those objectives.”

Kansas rowing will return to action when it faces Kansas State in the Sunflower Showdown on Oct. 23 in Manhattan, Kan.