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Drake Wraps Up Successful Day At Kansas Invitational

Courtesy: Drake Athletics
Release: March 29, 2014
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KANSAS CITY, Kan. The Drake University rowing team wrapped up a successful day of competition at the Kansas Invitational today. Drake raced Southern Methodist University in the morning before taking on the University of Kansas this afternoon.

The regatta was hosted by Kansas and held at Wyandotte County Lake Park in Kansas City, Kan. The teams had great racing weather with sunny conditions and just a slight tail wind.

 “We knew we had tough competition coming into today,” said head coach Charlie DiSilvestro. “The girls raced very hard. I’m really proud of how the team came together after the morning session and took the adjustments we put in and everyone improved their times in the afternoon.”

Drake continues to benefit from its race experiences and water time after a long Iowa winter. DiSilvestro is hopeful the weather cooperates in Des Moines moving forward so the squad can have consistent outdoor practice time on the water.

“The weather was great today, which produced fair racing competitions,” said DiSilvestro. “I like the split format, with races in the morning and races later in the day. It gives you an opportunity to make adjustments. Plus it gives us more race experience and is a great workout for the team. Now we need to continue to improve moving forward as we get closer to conference.”

The Bulldogs have a busy month of April with races every weekend as they gear towards the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference Championship on April 26 on Lake Mercer in Princeton, N.J.

Drake returns to action April 6 when it heads to the Upper Midwest Sprints in Omaha, Neb.

Drake Results

Kansas Invitational

March 29, 2014

Wyandotte County Lake Park, Kansas City, Kan.

Morning Session

Varsity 4

1. SMU, 08:01.1

2. Drake, 08:31.9

1st Varsity 8

1.  SMU, 07:00.4

2. Drake, 07:12.6

2nd Varsity 8

1. SMU, 07:10.6

2. Drake, 07:29.0

Afternoon Session

1st and 2nd Varsity 4

1. Kansas State, 07:44.9

2. Kansas, 07:51.1

3. Drake, 08:31.7

1st Varsity 8

1. Kansas, 06:43.6

2. Drake, 07:09.3

2nd Varsity 8

1. Kansas, 06:49.9

2. Drake, 07:27.6

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