Kansas caps off final spring scrimmage at Indiana
Lawrence, Kan. – Kansas rowing capped off its final preparation for the 2018 spring season with a scrimmage at Indiana on Lake Lemon in Bloomington, Indiana this past weekend.
The scrimmage against the Hoosiers provided the last tune up in a competition environment before KU begins its spring competition in the next two weeks.
The Jayhawks were able to compete in a series of pieces on the water Friday night, which comprised of four Varsity Eights and two Varsity Fours. The first day of competition was focused on how specific lineups were able to produce after having two extra weeks of practice on the water.
“You can tell we’ve had water time to train,” interim head coach Carrie Cook-Callen said. “You can see our focus and speed are at a much higher level than they were two weeks ago at Tulsa,”
The weather conditions on Saturday didn’t allow either team to compete on the water, so Kansas and Indiana had to move the competition inside to the ergs. The teams were lined up sitting every other, KU and Indiana sitting side by side for this unique style of competition. The unplanned erg training resulted in both teams finding a new sense of motivation as Kansas and Indiana weren’t just racing each other, but each individual Jayhawk racing against their Hoosier counterpart.
“It’s great to see what we have accomplished in the last two weeks,” Cook-Callen said. “Knowing how much we can improve in the coming two weeks is exciting and being able to have a truer sense about where our speed is will be a goal leading up to the first weekend of competition.”
The next two weeks will be focused on putting together all parts of the race that KU has been working towards both in practice and in the two scrimmage settings, so that the Jayhawks can put together a complete 2,000-meter race with a strong start, a solid middle and an explosive sprint.
Kansas will host the Big 12 Double Dual against Alabama and Tennessee on April 7 at Wyandotte County Lake in Kansas City, Kansas. The Jayhawks will begin racing at 9 a.m. and conclude at 3 p.m.
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