Jayhawks place fourth at Big 12 Championship



OAK RIDGE, Tenn. – Kansas rowing saw a pair of fourth place finishes as the season concluded at the 2019 Big 12 Championship on Sunday, May 19, on Melton Hill Lake in Oak Ridge, Tennessee.

Altogether, Kansas was fourth in the Big 12 Championship with 82 points and fifth in the Automatic Qualifying Championship with 20 points. Junior Reese Arnold and sophomore Shannon Cody were recognized on the All-Big 12 team at the post-regatta award ceremony.

The Jayhawks’ 1V8 and 2V4 recorded the top finishes of the day after each placing fourth in their respective races. The First Varsity Eight edged Tennessee in the final race of the day, crossing the finish line in 6:46.15. The Second Varsity Four also finished ahead of the Vols for fourth place with a time of 7:53.81.

The Second Varsity Eight recorded a time of 6:58.46, four seconds behind Oklahoma to register a fifth place finish. The First Varsity Four and Third Varsity Eight both had their bow balls cross the finish line in sixth place with times of 7:55.01 and 7:16.43, respectively.

In the first race of the day, Kansas’ 3V4 competed in an exhibition race. The Third Varsity Four crossed the finish line in 7:42.79, good for third place.

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Kansas Head Coach Carrie Cook-Callen

“Overall, I was really pleased with how the team handled the flooding in Lawrence the last 10 days of training (leading up to the Big 12 Championship). Most of our crews had their best race of the season today, which is what you want as a team.”

“The 1V8 really got faster these last two weeks of training. They took the close loss to K-State (at the Sunflower Showdown) as motivation to come out and train harder. They put themselves in a position to push into the pack of crews from OU, Alabama and Tennessee.”

Assistant Coach Alyssa Armstrong

“They did a good job focusing and preparing for this weekend. We pinpointed a few areas of the race plan to work on and executed them really well today. The last 500 meters was their best as they really moved on K-State and Tennessee late in the race.”