2008 Fall Season Recap

Nov. 20, 2008

LAWRENCE, Kan.–Kansas rowing began the fall season on Sept. 27 at the Head of the Des Moines in Des Moines, Iowa. The Jayhawks competed hard, but were not able to finish ahead of Kansas State at the regatta on the Des Moines River.

The following weekend Kansas traveled to Oklahoma City, Okla., on Oct. 4, to compete in the Head of the Oklahoma alongside Big 12 foe Texas and other Division-1 opponents. The Jayhawks finished second in the Double Lightweight Night Sprint, crossing the finish line only 1:21.37 behind the first place Oklahoma City boat. Kansas also placed fourth in the Collegiate Double Open with a time of 17:31.83.

At the Frostbite Regatta in Wichita, Kan., the Jayhawks took the top three spots in the Varsity Eight race and also won the Varsity Four.

“We had a really good weekend,” said Kansas head coach Rob Catloth. “We performed really well and we have made a lot of improvement in the last month.”

The Jayhawks also placed second in the Lightweight Four and the Varsity Four as well as tied for third in the Varsity Four.

In just their first competition of the fall season, the novice team had an impressive showing at the Frostbite Regatta, placing second in both the Novice Eight and Second Novice Eight.

“It was a good start for the novice team in their first event of the year,” said Catloth. “They showed good promise for how they will do in the spring.”

Scheduled for Nov. 8, the Sunflower Showdown in Manhattan, Kan., was cancelled due to high winds.

Kansas begins winter training on Jan. 6, 2009. The first regatta of the spring is scheduled for March 28 in Oklahoma City.