Kansas State's second varsity eight boat has been named the Big 12 Boat of the Week for competition from March 17-24.K-State kicked off the spring portion of its season with exceptional performances from multiple boats at the Longhorn Invitational. For the weekend, the Wildcats got seven first-place finishes, including three against the No. 19 Oklahoma Sooners on Lady Bird Lake. K-State's Second Varsity 8 defeated the Sooners in head-to-head competition.
The 2V8 line-up of coxswain Kara Omo and rowers Chelsea Goble, Lindsay Smith, Aly Bronder, Abby Weaver, Ariana Thompson, Hunter Anne Postier, Lacey Reifschneider and Kayla Brock placed first in a time of 6:51.8, nearly five seconds better than the Sooners' 6:56.6 finish.
The group, which included three freshmen, excelled in all of its races. Facing San Diego in Saturday afternoon competition, they lost by less than a second in the tightest margin of their weekend, 6:58.10 to 6:58.12. Despite narrowly missing out on a perfect weekend, the squad finished strong on Sunday, picking up an impressive eight second-plus win against Tulsa in the Wildcats' final race of the invitational.BOAT OF THE WEEK
K-State Second Varsity Eight
Cox: Kara Omo (SO, Wichita, Kan.)
Chelsea Goble (SO, Inman, Kan.)
Lindsay Smith (JR, Gardner, Kan.)
Aly Bronder (SR, Florissant, Mo.)
Abby Weaver (JR, Manhattan, Kan.)
Ariana Thompson (FR, Overland Park, Kan.)
Hunter Anne Postier (FR, Leavenworth, Kan.)
Lacey Reifschneider (JR, LaCrosse, Kan.)
Kayla Brock (FR, Manhattan, Kan.)
2014 BIG 12 BOATS OF THE WEEK
|March 26||Kansas State||2nd Varsity 8|