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Rowing team loaded with experience

August 16, 2008

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Experience is big advantage when it comes to sports.

Especially when it's in the leadership positions - like point guard in basketball or quarterback in football. Or in rowing, it's the coxswain.

And the Kansas University women's rowing team has just that this year in the form of seniors Katie Brosious and Lexie Peterson and junior Sarah Best.

Brosious was the coxswain for the First Varsity Eight with Peterson serving the same position for the Second Varsity Eight.

Best had the biggest impact as coxswain for the First Varsity Four boat, which took first at the Big 12 Conference Invitational.

"I think that's going to be one of the biggest things in not having to replace coxes and having really experienced coxswains. Two of the coxswains are seniors and another will be a junior," coach Rob Catloth said.

Kansas didn't lose much experience from last year's team, either. The Jayhawks graduated just four seniors - Alia Bober, Kara Boston, Hailee Jones and Elisheva Patterson - as opposed to the year before, when they lost 10.

"It's not as dramatic this year as it was last year where we replaced more than half of our first team and half of our second eight last year," Catloth said.

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