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In the final race of the 2017 Dillons Sunflower Showdown, KU’s First Varsity Eight boat crossed the finish line 0.87 seconds faster than K-State. The victory scored KU nine team points, which gave the team trophy to the Jayhawks for the third-consecutive season by a final score of 12-10.  


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  • BIG 12 CHAMPIONSHIP: Kansas concluded the season with a fourth-place finish at the Big 12 Championship regatta on May 14. The Jayhawks advanced all five of their boats to the Grand Finals of the event, held at Melton Hill Lake in Oak Ridge, Tennessee.
  • THIEROLF NAMED ALL-BIG 12: Junior First Varsity Eight rower Kaelyn Thierolf was named to the All-Big 12 Team for the second-straight season.
  • COXSWAIN & OARSWOMAN OF THE YEAR: At the annual team awards banquet on May 15, senior Mallory Miller was named the Nikia Rosenberger Coxswain of the Year and senior Jordan Helms was crowned the Oarswoman of the Year.
  • JAYHAWK JAMBOREE SUCCESS: With each passing year, the annual Jayhawk Jamboree sets new marks for teams involved and community impact. This year was no different. The fourth installment of the Jayhawk Jamboree played host to a record number of boat entries from men’s and women’s varsity and club teams from across the region, including Big 12 opponents Kansas State and Oklahoma. The estimated 9,000 fans at Burcham Park throughout the day were treated to concessions from six food truck vendors and live music during the event.
  • TWO BIG 12 BOAT OF THE WEEK HONORS: KU’s First Varsity Eight ended the season with back-to-back Big 12 Boat of the Week honors for first-place finishes at the Mason Invite (April 23) and the Dillons Sunflower Showdown against K-State (April 28). KU’s 1V8 boat has earned Big 12 Boat of the Week at least once in each of the last three seasons.
  • BRIGHT FUTURE: Despite KU graduating 15 seniors, the future of the Kansas rowing program is in good hands. Junior Valerie Swisher was given the Most Improved Oarswoman and the “Essence of a Jayhawk” Award by the senior class for her exemplary leadership and team-first enthusiasm. The Most Improved Freshman went to Great Bend native Morgan Kottas, and the Outstanding Freshman went to Virginia native Reese Arnold.