Kansas opens fall slate with Jayhawk Jamboree
LAWRENCE, Kan. –Kansas rowing opened its fall slate with a successful day on the Kansas River at the fifth annual Jayhawk Jamboree on Sunday at Burcham Park.
The first of three home regattas this season, KU brought hundreds of fan to the shore of the Kansas River. Fans enjoyed 10 races, men’s and women’s eight 300m sprints, along with food and entertainment between events.
“We saw glimpses of what we have been focusing on in training,” interim head coach Carrie Cook-Callen said. “There is plenty of excitement and encouragement moving forward with the potential that we have.”
The Jayhawk Jamboree got off to a quick start with 30 boats racing in the Collegiate Women’s Four. The Jayhawks had four boats competing with the First and Second Varsity Fours recording top-10 finishes. The Kansas First Varsity Four (A) posted a final time of 14:18.16, while the Second Varsity Four (B) finished with a time of 14:46.87. Third Varsity Four (C) wasn’t fair behind finishing with a time of 14:55.09 and rounding out the first race of the day for Kansas was Fourth Varsity Four (D) with a time of 15:22.41.
Next up for KU was the first novice events, where many of these Jayhawks were hitting the water for the first time in collegiate competition. Although it was the first collegiate race, Kansas saw two top-10 finishes.
“It was really rewarding,” freshman Maggie Dupuie said of her first regatta. “Leading up to this, being recruited, training for our first regatta and finally leaving it out all on the water.”
Kansas’ Novice Eight (A) finished within the top five with a time of 14:32.17. Novice Eight (B) and Novice Eight (C) finished in 15:46.93 and 16:33.31, respectively. The Novice Four also had a strong showing with three boats finishing in the top-10.
Senior Aminah Reid-Brydon and junior Madison Wedderspoon made up KU’s pair that took home silver in the open pair, double and singles race, finishing the 4k course in 15:51.38.
The last long distance race of the day was the Women’s Varsity Eight. Kansas’ First Varsity Eight (A) finished in sixth place with a time of 13:04.62. The Second Varsity Eight (B) finished close behind with a time of 13:42.70. The last two Kansas Eight boats finished neck in neck with times of 14:11.64 and 14:11.97, respectively.
The Jayhawks last event of the day included a 300m sprint and the First Varsity Eight qualified after finishing the head race in the top 12. KU competed against Kansas State and Tulsa in the fourth heat, finishing second in 00:55.03 seconds.
Kansas will travel to Tulsa for their second fall regatta of the season on Nov. 3-4.
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