Kansas rowing primed for George Mason Invitational
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LAWRENCE, Kan. – The University of Kansas rowing team heads to Virginia this Sunday for the George Mason Invitational on the Occoquan Reservoir.
The race will feature nine teams from a three of conferences – the Big 12, the Atlantic 10 and the Colonial Athletic Association. KU will team up with Big 12 rivals West Virginia and Old Dominion for conference supremacy. The conference with the most points at the end of the finals series will be declared the fastest participating conference and the George Mason Invitational Champion.
Representing the Atlantic 10 will be Dayton, George Washington, and host George Mason. Buffalo, Delaware and Eastern Michigan will be in attendance for the CAA.
In the morning sessions, Varsity 8+, Second Varsity 8+ and Varsity 4+ boats will participate in conference heats in which the boats will race against other teams from their league.
The top finisher from each league will head to the A Final to compete against the top team from the other two conferences.
The second heat finisher from each conference will participate in a B final against the second finishers from the other two conferences and so on in a format that should lead to competitive races down the stretch.
Regardless of heat finish, each boat will have a chance to score points for their home conference in finals action.
The winner of each Varsity 8+ final will earn nine points for its home conference, the second finisher will earn six points and the third will get three. That scoring format will occur in the B Final and C Final as well.
The Second Varsity 8+ scoring format will be 6-4-2, while the Varsity 4+ format is 3-2-1 in the A, B and C Finals.
Fans can follow the scoring live this Sunday on Regatta Central.
JORDAN HELMS Q&A
Explain how you think what your team has done in practice will translate into this weekend’s races…
“The past two weeks we have experimented with line ups. We have also cleaned up our technique which I think will translate into good speed and times this weekend.”
As a senior, what are your thoughts on being so close to the end of your final season?
“It’s bittersweet. On one hand, the end of the season means Big 12’s and our team can showcase our hard work while competing on the biggest stage. Then on the other hand, that means there are only a few more weeks left with all my best friends.”
What is one of your favorite memories from this year?
“My favorite memory of this year was at the end of our two-a-day training in Tampa, we all jumped out of the boat and into the ocean, celebrating the finish.”
What does being a member of the Kansas Rowing team mean to you?
“Is it cliché to say everything? This team is family. It means the world to me that I get to train side-by-side with the toughest women on campus.”
The Jayhawks will come home to Kansas to host the Sunflower Showdown against K-State Saturday, April 29, on the Wyandotte County Lake.
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