What’s in a name?

LAWRENCE, Kan. – Ahead of the 2017-18 season, Kansas rowing acquired a pair of new boats for the KU to use in practice and competition. The naming process has begun for the newest eights and the Jayhawks need a little help to complete the task.

Each boat that enters the KU rowing program is given a name, which is significant to the Jayhawks and the state of Kansas. For example, Mawson’s Mission is named after Marlene Mawson, the mother of KU women’s athletics, or Jayhawk Nation, after the community that supports all Kansas student-athletes.

While one of the new boats has a name chosen, one shell remains unnamed. Interim head coach Carrie Cook-Callen and the Jayhawks need help deciding what to call the final addition to their fleet of boats.

Starting Friday, Oct. 6, the public will be given a chance to submit suggestions for the newest eight joining KU’s fleet. Kansas rowing would like the name of the eight to reflect the athletic department, the University or the State of Kansas.

Once the top suggestions have been selected, the public will be asked for help once again in selecting the winning name via social media. Voting for the winner will start on KU rowing’s official Facebook and Twitter Monday, Oct. 16, and conclude the following day.

The winning name will be unveiled when the boat is christened on Sunday, Oct. 22, ahead of the fifth annual Jayhawk Jamboree. Submit name suggestions here.





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