Kansas City, Kan. — The Kansas University rowing team lost the Sunflower Showdown to Kansas State, 17-6, on Saturday at Wyandotte County Lake.
K-State split the races with KU, 3-3, but the Wildcats won the First Varsity Eight (worth nine points), the Second Varsity Eight (six points) and the Third Varsity Eight (two points) to easily outscore the Jayhawks.
“You always want to compete well, especially against your in-state rivals,” KU coach Rob Catloth said. “We didn’t follow our race plan today and just didn’t compete to the level we were expecting.”
Earning victories for the Jayhawks in the other three races were Abbey Lozenski, Tessa Scott, Emma Umbarger, Jessica Jacob and Carly Iverson in the First Varsity Four; Sarah Lasini, Jackie Adamle, Meghan Cahill, Alexa Fowlkes and Erin Brogan in the Second Varsity Four; and Kenzie Obrochta, Breeona Foster, Emily Ruble, Jennifer Hartzler, Casey Kelly, Kristen Byrd, Danielle Gibson, Andrea Joyce and Laura Foster in the Fourth Varsity Eight.
Before and after their rivalry meet with the Wildcats, the Jayhawks competed in races against SMU and Drake, as well as KSU. KU’s Novice Four boat beat SMU in morning and afternoon races, and the Jayhawks’ First Varsity Four boat took first against SMU’s First Varsity Four and K-State’s Second Varsity Four.