Rowing Ends Fall Season Strong with Multiple Top-10 Finishes at Head of the Hooch

Nov. 7, 2010


Kansas rowing had a total of 10 Top-10 performances as it closed out the fall portion of its schedule at the Head of the Hooch regatta in Chattanooga, Tenn. Senior Melanie Luthi had the top finish of the weekend, taking third place in the championship single event with a time of 20:31.7. Three additional Jayhawks placed in the top 10 of that event, with seniors Nicole Schneider, Meaghan Oven and Jessica Sadler coming in fifth, sixth and eighth, respectively. In the open quad, Kansas boats came in third, fourth and sixth place.

Rob Catloth, Kansas rowing head coach, noted many positives from the weekend.

“It was good to get more racing experience for our young kids,” said Catloth. “We got a lot of races for the whole team. It’s a big regatta. On Saturday there were close to 2000 boats that raced and probably another 1000 on Sunday. It’s one of the biggest races in the U.S. We feel like we did pretty well bringing home some medals.”

In the championship double, the team of Oven and Schneider finished fourth out of 20 teams with a time of 19:23.4, while the pair of senior Paige Stephens and junior Cassy Cobble recorded a top-10 finish, coming in 10th with a time of 20:07.5.

The novices had a strong regatta as well. In the Novice Eight race, Kansas’ two entries finished 13th and 16th out of 46 teams. The teams completed the course with times of 19:03.4 and 19:17. In the Novice Four, Kansas took seventh and 18th.

“I think they did well,” said Catloth. “It was a good race at a big regatta. I think they got some good experience and learned a lot.”

Kansas will open its spring season on March 11 when it competes in the three-day Oklahoma Invitational in Oklahoma City, Okla.