Kansas State University

K-State rower Samantha Scott dies of sudden illness

K-State rower Samantha Scott
K-State rower Samantha Scott K-State Athletics

Samantha Scott, a member of Kansas State’s rowing team, died from a sudden illness on Saturday.

She was 23.

“Samantha was a great leader for our program and more importantly a great person,” K-State rowing coach Patrick Sweeney said in a statement. “She was so well-liked by all of her teammates and had such a big impact on our program both on and off the water. We are all still in a state of shock, and we will continue to keep her family in our thoughts and prayers.”

Scott was a senior and the top coxswain on the Wildcats’ rowing team this season. She was an architectural engineering major and a native of Fort Morgan, Colo. She earned academic All-Big 12 honors last year while leading the team’s 1v8 and 1v4 boats.

“We are all deeply saddened by the sudden passing of Samantha,” K-State athletic director Gene Taylor said. “The Scott family will remain in our prayers during this time, and we will provide all of the necessary support we can for their entire family and also the members of our rowing program as they cope with this devastating loss.”