Badger Sports Roundup, April 18

Lightweight rowing wins Knecht Cup; women's tennis wins fifth straight; men's tennis, men's and women's golf struggle

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Women's lightweight varsity four wins Knecht Cup


The lightweight crew team won the varsity four event at the Knecht Cup Sunday in Camden, N.J., while the varsity eight took third and the novice eight team won the petite final.


The Badger varsity four started slightly behind the other boats but passed the competition and won the event in 8:03.2, 5.1 seconds ahead of second-place Georgetown.


Wisconsin's varsity eight boat finished in 7:08.9 while Princeton won its second consecutive title in 7:06.2.


The novice eight won the petite final in 7:41.8 and MIT took second in 7:52.7.


Wisconsin's lightweight team, currently No. 3 in the nation, will host the Midwest Rowing Championships April 24.


Wisconsin tennis silences Nittany Lions


The women's tennis team ended its home season in style by crushing Penn State 6-1 Sunday in Madison. Seniors Teresa Gonzaga and Shana McElroy both won all of their doubles and singles matches throughout the weekend, ending their careers at Wisconsin on high notes. With its fifth straight win, Wisconsin advances to 12-9 overall and 5-3 in the Big Ten while Penn State falls to 6-14 and 0-8.


After losing to Ohio State yesterday, No. 38 juniors Katie McGaffigan and Lindsay Martin overcame the duo of senior Leigh Ann Merryman and junior Megan Marton to win 8-7 (4) in the tiebreaker. At the No. 2 spot, freshman Caitlin Burke and Gonzaga pulled off a 9-7 win after losing their first two games. McElroy and freshman Kaylan Caiati won their doubles match 8-4.


"I was pleased with the doubles because we were challenged," head coach Patti Henderson said. "No. 2 doubles was really challenged. For No. 1 to win after having a really off-match yesterday and turn that around, get that win today; I thought that was really good."


In singles, Gonzaga defeated freshman Katelyn BeVard 6-2 and 6-4 while McElroy pushed her match to three sets and defeated Marton 4-6, 6-2 and 10-4. Only Martin dropped her match, falling to junior Maaria Husain 6-7, 6-0 and 11-9.


Wisconsin will face Michigan State and No. 27 Michigan next weekend on the road to end its regular season.


No. 19 OSU crushes UW


Only the duo of senior Scott Green and freshman Pete Amundson got a win as No. 19 Ohio State (19-3 overall, 7-1 Big Ten) defeated the Wisconsin tennis team 7-0 in Columbus, Ohio, Sunday.


Wisconsin's Green and Amundson defeated Ohio State sophomores Scott Green and Ross Wilson 8-6 but the Buckeyes took the doubles point with wins at the No. 1 and No. 3 spots.


In singles, junior Alex Kasarov fell 6-2 and 6-3 to senior Jeremy Wurtzman, the top singles player in the nation. Only sophomore Ward Bortz came close to earning a point for Wisconsin, taking freshman Devin Mullings to three sets but losing 6-4, 3-6 and 1-0.


Wisconsin (7-12, 2-6) will return home for its final games next weekend, facing Michigan State and Michigan.


Women's golf finishes 10th at Boilermaker Invite


Senior Malinda Johnson tied for 12th in the Boilermaker Invitational in West Lafayette, Ind., Saturday and Sunday, the highest finish for a Badger at the invite. Wisconsin finished 10th out of the 12 teams, shooting a 976 over 54 holes while facing windy conditions Sunday.


Johnson shot a 232 while top finisher Indiana senior Danah Ford shot a 221, five over par. Freshman Nicki Morse had the second highest finish, shooting a 245 and tying for 35th. Junior Sami Forster had a 249 and tied for 44th.


Wisconsin will compete at the Big Ten Championship next weekend at Ohio State.       


Badger men finish at bottom of Kepler invite


The men's golf team finished 18th out of 18 teams at the Robert Kepler Intercollegiate Saturday and Sunday at Ohio State.


Wisconsin shot a 933, two strokes behind 17th place Marshall, while Xavier won the event with an 886. Kent State sophomore Ryan Yip won the individual title with a 214.


Freshman Garrett Jones finished in a tie for 46th with a 230 to lead all Badgers. Junior Kevin Tassistro finished one stroke behind him and tied for 53rd.


Wisconsin will next compete at the Fossum Invitational May 1-2.

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