Kansas rowing concludes season-opening Oak Ridge Cardinal Invite
OAK RIDGE, Tenn. – The Kansas rowing team finished strong on day two of the Oak Ridge Cardinal Invitational Sunday at the Melton Lake Rowing Venue. The Jayhawks had one boat claim a first-place victory and several boats cross the finish line in third place.
“We’re still working on who is in which boats, but we are rowing at a higher level than last year at this point, so that’s a good sign,” Kansas rowing head coach Rob Catloth said. “The competition here was really tough though – there were some teams that will compete for a national championship in May.”
KU opened the morning with a fourth-place finish in the Varsity Eight race, crossing the line at 6:45.947 – just fractions of a second behind Clemson. The Jayhawks finished just five seconds after top-finisher Minnesota.
Up next for the Jayhawks was the Varsity Four A competition, claiming a third-place finish with a time of 7:49.831.
In the Third Varsity Eight race, Kansas earned its first victory of the season with a time of 7:13.092, outlasting top competitors Miami and Tennessee.
KU’s Second Varsity Eight and Varsity Four B to back-to-back third-place finishes. The boats completed the races with times of 6:53.880 and 7:49.831, respectively.
In the final event, Kansas chalked up a second-place finish, completing the Varsity Four C race with a time of 7:52.252.
“I think as the week went on we improved, which is what we were trying to do. We’re trying to race more maturely and I think we’re doing that,” Catloth said. “So, I’m pretty pleased with how we’re starting the season.”
Kansas will be back in action on April 1, traveling to Bloomington, Indiana, to face off with Indiana.
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