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Olivia Cowan, a BLHS alumna and Kansas University freshman, is a coxswain on KU's Novice 4-B rowing team. On Saturday, Cowan's team notched a victory in the opening race of the Sunflower Showdown regatta at Wyandotte County Lake in Kansas City, Kan. Family, friends and former coaches and teammates were on hand to watch Cowan in her new sport.

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Close to home: BLHS alumna victorious in KU rowing event at Wyandotte County Lake

The first horn that sounded in the first race of Saturday’s Sunflower Showdown rowing regatta signaled victory for a Kansas University team piloted by a 5-foot freshman who, until last fall, hadn’t competed in a sport not involving a ball or bat.

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