Jayhawks Earn a Pair of Wins to Conclude Louisville Invite
LAWRENCE, Kan. – The University of Kansas rowing team capped off a successful weekend at the Louisville Invite as it added six more top-three finishes, highlighted by wins for the Third Varsity Eight and Third Varsity Four.
The day began with the First Varsity Eight finishing in third place (7:02.62). Rowing for the Jayhawks were seniors Caitlyn Decker, Elizabeth Scherer, Kaylee Sextro, Alexandra Torquemada, coxswain Catherine Clements, juniors Claudijah Lever and Brooke Thuston, sophomore Maggie Duncan and freshman Maddie Irelan.
Kansas then competed in the First Varsity Four where it finished second overall (7:29.27). Powering the boat were seniors Carly Iverson, Jessica Jacob, coxswain Abbey Lozenski, Emma Umbarger and sophomore Tessa Scott.
KU picked up steam with a strong finish in the Third Varsity Eight. The Jayhawks had two entries in the race and earned first (7:20.60) and second place (7:22.21), respectively. Rowing for the first-place boat were freshmen Kathleen Brady, Bailey Brandon, Kate Cropp, Kylee Dewey, coxswain Sienna Durr, Christina Granzow, Madison Hovis, Olivia Loney and Allison Schaaf.
The next race was the Second Varsity Eight where Kansas earned a second-place finish (6:56.44). Members of the boat included seniors Kelsie Fiss, Tearson ‘Jade’ Lambkins, Jessica Miller, juniors Julia Alvey, Angie Flores-Rodriguez, Allie Griffin, sophomore coxswain Mary Slattery, and freshmen Emma O’Neill and Katherine Young.
The day continued for KU with a second-place finish (7:52.76) by the Second Varsity Four. Rowing for Kansas were juniors Erin Brogan, Alexa Fowlkes, Jennifer Hartzler, coxswain Sarah Lasini and sophomore Jackie Adamle.
The Louisville Invite concluded for KU with a win in the Third Varsity Four (8:13.30). The Jayhawks competing in the race were sophomores Brie Mingus and coxswain Briana Pina, freshmen Brianna Anderson, Jordan Helms and Brittney Railsback.
The Louisville Invite will go down as a successful beginning for the Jayhawks as the coaching staff was pleased with the team’s overall performance.
“I think we had a strong team showing,” head coach Rob Catloth said. “We raced several conference teams, and we’re showing good speed for this team of year, especially with our team not having very much water time. This is the team’s best start in years and I’m pleased with where we are at as a group.”
Kansas will begin its spring training trip this week before heading to Kansas City, Kan., for the annual Sunflower Showdown against Kansas State on March 29.
First Varsity Eight – 3rd (7:02.62)
Catherine Clements – Coxswain
First Varsity Four – 2nd (7:29.27)
Abbey Lozenski – Coxswain
Second Varsity Eight – 2nd (6:56.44)
Mary Slattery – Coxswain
Tearson ‘Jade’ Lambkins
Third Varsity Eight – 1st (7:20.60)
Sienna Durr – Coxswain
Second Varsity Four – 2nd (7:52.76)
Sarah Lasini – Coxswain
Third Varsity Four – 1st (8:13.30)
Briana Pina – Coxswain
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