Wildcats Nip Jayhawks in Sunflower Showdown, 16-9

Nov. 10, 2007

MANHATTAN, Kan. – Kansas rowing fell Saturday in Manhattan, Kan., to Kansas State, 16-9, in KU’s final fall regatta. The University of Kansas took the three novice races, but narrowly fell to K-State in the varsity races. It was K-State’s first victory over the Jayhawks in a dual since 2005.

Kansas State opened with a three-point score in the Varsity Four race, but Kansas responded with three-straight victories. KU’s Second and Third Novice Eight boats won their respective races by comfortable margins, but the First Novice Eight race proved to be much closer.

Elise Langtry (coxswain), Melanie Luthi, Cassie Sparks, Meaghan Oven, Denise Orloff, Jenny Robb, Inga Schuchard, Julia Matthias and Julia Guard comprised the Jayhawk First Novice Eight boat that defeated Kansas State by seven seconds. The victory gave Kansas five points and gave KU a 9-3 advantage before K-State rallied to take the final two races.

In the Varsity Eight races, Kansas could not quite catch K-State as the Wildcats were able to score one-boat length margin victories.

“We did pretty well today,” said head coach Rob Catloth. “We won all the novice races and the varsity races were really close. Its a good sign for the future of our program. Sixty of the 75 rowers that we have are in their first or second year of rowing, but we are really coming around. I think we might be able to turn the spring into a ‘reloading’ year instead of a ‘rebuilding’ year.”

Kansas will not compete again until the Jayhawks kick off the spring season at Tulsa, Okla. against the Tulsa Golden Hurricane on March 22.

“Today’s result will hopefully provide an impetus to train hard in the winter,” said Catloth.

Check back soon with kuathletics.com for the latest news and notes regarding the Kansas rowing team. Complete results are listed below.

Sunflower Showdown Results
Saturday, November 10
Kansas State- 16 Kansas- 9

Varsity Four – 3 points

Kansas State – 8:48.5
Kansas A – 9:04.91
Kansas B – 9:36.38

Third Novice Eight – 1 point
Kansas A – 8:51.0
Kansas State – 9:33.84

Second Novice Eight – 3 points
Kansas – 8:13.03
Kansas State – 8:48.65

First Novice Eight – 5 points
Kansas – 7:53.0
Kansas State – 8:00.12

Second Varsity Eight – 5 points
Kansas State – 7:36.1
Kansas – 7:40.57

First Varsity Eight – 8 points
Kansas State – 7:26.0
Kansas – 7:29.03