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K-State rowing takes home 4 medals

The Manhattan Mercury, Kan. — Staff Reports The Manhattan Mercury, Kan.

April 06--Apr. 6--Kansas State women's rowing felt at home in the Southeast.

The Wildcats finished up at the Sunshine State Invitational at Nathan Benderson Park in Sarasota, Florida, on Saturday. K-State placed every boat -- five in all -- in their respective Grand Finals.

Four boats medaled.

"It was a really good turnout for our team," head coach Patrick Sweeney said in a release. "I was really impressed with how they raced this weekend, getting all five boats to finals and with their races in the finals. I thought it was a big step forward for our boats, we performed very well."

K-State's boats had to make it out of the preliminary rounds Friday to earn a spot in the Grand Finals. To advance, boats had to place in the top two in their respective heats or have one of the next three-fastest times.

The Wildcats took first place in two different prelims: the 2v8+ boat, which finished in 6:39.60, and the K-State 1v4+ boat, which clocked in at 7:19.10 and beat the runner-up by more than four seconds.

The K-State 1v8+ boat started off Saturday's events for K-State, placing fourth after timing in 6:37.82 and place fourth overall. After the 1v8+ race, the Wildcats won silver medals in three-consecutive races: the 2v8+, 3v8+ and 2v4+ boats.

"I think we still have some technical things to work out," Sweeney said, "but they should feel confident after their performance this weekend."

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