KU rowers 3rd at Big 12

Oak Ridge, Tenn. — Kansas University’s Second Varsity Four boat took third place, and the Jayhawks placed third in the overall team standings at the Big 12 Rowing Championship on Sunday at Melton Lake.

Texas repeated as Big 12 champion with 137 points. Oklahoma was second at 115 and Kansas third with 82. Kansas State (74) and West Virginia (57) rounded out the scoring.

“We were looking to finish at a higher level in the Big 12, and that’s what we did — going from fourth- to third-place this season,” Kansas coach Rob Catloth said. “We have a lot of returners coming back next year, and we can build upon this experience. It will make them hungrier moving forward. For such a young team, they are making great strides that will pay off in the near future.”

KU’s top finish was the Second Varsity Four’s third place in 7:54.414. Bailey Coolidge is coxswain, along with Mackenzie Klaver, Casey Kelly, Kylee Dewey and Brittney Railsback.

Six seniors rowed in their final regatta of their KU careers on Sunday — Angie Flores-Rodriguez, Jackie Adamle, Maggie Duncan, Casey Kelly, Tessa Scott and Mary Slattery.

First Varsity Eight members Kaelyn Thierolf and Maggie Duncan were named to the All-Big 12 Team, which was revealed during the awards presentation after the races. It is the first All-Big 12 honor for both Thierolf and Duncan. The 20-member team includes two coxswains and 18 rowers.

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