Sunday, May 13, 2012

KU boat wins C-USA title


— Kansas University’s first varsity four placed first at the 2012 Conference USA Rowing Championship on Saturday. As a team, KU finished eighth overall with 16 total points.

The boat of seniors Kathryn Schoonover, Paige Stephens and coxswain Lindsey Bricklemyer and juniors Ashleigh Allam and Emily Starr won in a time of 7:35.5. The varsity four also won the Knecht Cup on April 15 and the Big 12 Championship on April 28.

KU advanced to the grand final in the open four, novice eight and varsity four. In the open four final, the Jayhawks finished fifth in 8:15.46. In the novice eight grand final, KU finished fifth in 7:16.92.

The Jayhawks then finished second and third, respectively, in the petite final of the second varsity eight and first varsity eight.

Junior Olivia Kinet was named to the 2012 All-Conference USA Team.

Team Standings: Tennessee 53, Texas 44, Oklahoma 42, Central Florida 34, Tulsa 28, Kansas State 21, Alabama 20, Kansas 16, SMU 12.


Dan Cook 7 years, 10 months ago

These girls sound like absolute studs. Congrats! However, the CUSA tourney includes at least 4 schools from the Big 12 and 2 from the SEC in the top 9 finishers? And there is alos a Big 12 Championship? My head hurts.

Someone at really should try harder to explain this article.

Martin Rosenblum 7 years, 10 months ago

Is anybody else cocking their head to the side like a dog does when they're trying to figure something out they're looking at that's confusing to them? I've read this car crash three times now and still can't figure it out!

I think KU competed in an invitational contest sponsored ny C-USA along with teams from other conferences. That, I'm clear on. I'm thinking that there must be various competition levels ie. novice, varsity, etc. Now, KU's standing, per the last paragraph, is 16 (?) but, that's second to last. Here's the tricky part. How did we win the title, as the headline indicates?

Did the Obama administration write the rules, etc. for this?

Abbi Huderle 7 years, 10 months ago

Let me help - the Big 12 has just four teams that compete in rowing: Kansas, K-State, Texas, and Oklahoma. This is not enough to automatically qualify the winner of the Big 12 conference championship for a bid to the NCAA tournament when they start using the Automatic Qualification system in 2013, so the four Big 12 teams, two teams from the SEC, and the teams from C-USA joined together to work towards becoming a large enough "conference" to get its champion an AQ bid in the future. Make sense?

As to the team's final standing in the last paragraph, the 16 next to our name is the total number of points we earned during the championships, which unfortunately was second-to-last (each race is awarded a certain number of points based on where you finish). But the winning referred to in the title of the article was a single boat - the Varsity 4 - which won gold in their grand finals. We did not win the team title, just an individual boat title. Think of it as a little bit like track or swimming, as they also do both team and individual standings.

All that aside, I am so proud of the girls that won - winning three gold medals in three races is an amazing step in the right direction for this program!

Martin Rosenblum 7 years, 10 months ago

Thanks for the attempt to clarify. And I just thought the article was poorly written. Now, that someone is explaining it who is involved in the sport, it's still confusing.

Maybe this is why it's so hard to get schools to participate.

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