Final fall regatta ahead for Kansas
LAWRENCE, Kan. – Kansas rowing heads south to Oklahoma for its final regatta of the fall season on Saturday, Nov. 3. KU’s third competition of the fall, the Tulsa Fall Regatta, has been moved to the Oklahoma River in Oklahoma City because of unsafe rowing conditions on the Verdigris River in Tulsa.
This weekend, Kansas will have five Varsity Eight’s, five Varsity Four’s and three Novice Eight’s hit the water against Tulsa, Central Oklahoma and SMU.
Kansas has had some past success at the Tulsa Fall Regatta, as the Novice Four edged the hometown team by just a second for first place in last year’s event. The Varsity Four shells added to the top-5 finishes with Kansas B crossing the finish line in third place and Kansas A right behind in fourth. KU’s First Varsity Eight rounded out the top three, finishing behind Tulsa A and Central Oklahoma A for third.
This will be the third match up between the Jayhawks and the Golden Hurricane this fall. The first meeting came at the Head of the Oklahoma where Tulsa earned seven top-three marks, one of which was a second-place finish behind Kansas in the Women’s Open 4+, as the Jayhawks crossed the finish line 10 seconds before the Golden Hurricane. Tulsa won the Women’s Collegiate 4+ event at the Jayhawk Jamboree 15 seconds in front of Oklahoma with a time of 15:13.6. The Golden Hurricane’s B boat rounded out the top three in the Women’s 4+. Tulsa closed out the Jamboree with a second-place finish in the Women’s Collegiate 8+ crossing the finish line in 14:14.9.
The Jayhawks will see another familiar face at the Tulsa Fall Regatta as Central Oklahoma was also at the Head of the Oklahoma and the Jayhawk Jamboree. The first regatta of the fall, Head of the Oklahoma, the reigning NCAA Division II national champions had a top-10 finish in the Women’s Collegiate 8+ and had two boats finish first and second in the 500-meter Petite Final sprints with times of 1:37.87 and 1:41.38, respectively.
SMU also competed at the Head of Oklahoma, where the Mustangs recorded a third-place finish in the Women’s Collegiate 8+ behind Tulsa and UCF. Two of SMU’s shells posted top-10 finishes in the Varsity 4+ events.
The Jayhawks added two more gold medals at the sixth annual Jayhawk Jamboree with two top marks in the Novice 8+ and Women’s Collegiate 8+ 300-meter sprints. In its first race of the fall, the group of novice rowers outraced nine other crews to win gold in 15:36.1. Kansas A, Jayhawk Nation, qualified for the 300-meter sprints semifinals after placing first and overcoming Kansas C and Iowa. In the semifinals, Jayhawk Nation cut two seconds off its time to beat Oklahoma to advance to the finals, where KU finished ahead of Kansas State for the victory.
Kansas started the fall strong by bringing home the season’s first pair of medals at the Head of the Oklahoma The Jayhawks’ first medal of the fall came in the Women’s Collegiate 4+ as KU’s Amelia crossed the finish line less than a second behind Tulsa in 16:06.77 for third place. KU’s Wakarusa won gold in the Women’s Open 4+ after finishing in 16:12.09, a full 10 seconds before second-place Tulsa.
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