Badger Sports Roundup, April 24

Rowing teams enjoy success at Midwest Championships; women's and men's tennis teams keep streaking in opposite directions

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Six in a row for Badger women's tennis team


After losing its first three Big Ten matches this season, Wisconsin's women's tennis team has been unstoppable. Caitlin Burke has just been unbeatable period.


Wisconsin cruised to a 5-2 win Saturday at Michigan State, buoyed in part by Burke's wins in singles and doubles play. The freshman is a perfect 8-0 in each since joining the team midway through the season due to an injury.


Burke moved up to the No. 3 singles slot Saturday and buried Spartan freshman Sarah Andrews 6-1, 6-1. The combination of Burke and senior Teresa Gonzaga remained unbeaten with an 8-5 win over Andrews and freshman Pascale Schnitzer at No. 2 doubles.


Wisconsin also won the other two doubles matches and senior Shana McElroy, freshman Kaylan Caiati and Gonzaga also claimed wins in singles. Only No. 1 singles player sophomore Katie McGaffigan and No. 4 junior Lindsay Martin fell, losing to junior Keri Thompson and Schnitzer, respectively.


The Badgers improved to 13-9 overall and 6-3 in the Big Ten with the win, while the Spartans dropped to 8-12, 3-6.


Wisconsin rowing teams perform well at Midwest Championships


The Wisconsin men's and women's openweight and women's lightweight rowing programs accounted for 13 titles in the 32nd annual Midwest Rowing Championships Saturday on Lake Wingra in Madison.


Each of the Badger rowing teams won their headline races, with the No. 3 UW lightweights racing the 1,850-meter course in 8:09.9, easily distancing itself from second place Miami (Ohio), which finished in 9:34.05. In the women's openweight eight, the No. 13 Badgers clocked a 6:59.35, winning by nearly 27 seconds over runner-up Drake.


The No. 5 men's open eight won the final race of the day with a time of 6:01.3, slightly better than 10 seconds faster than Wisconsin's second varsity eight, which crossed the line in 6:11.39.


In addition to the three eight championships, UW boats won titles in all three varsity four events, as well as the men's and women's novice open four, the men's and women's second open eight, men's and women's novice open eight, and the men's open pair.


The closest race of the day for any of the UW boats came in the women's novice open four. Wisconsin B won by just .23 seconds in 8:59.5, holding off a late charge from Wisconsin A, which finished in 8:59.73.


Men's tennis comes up short


Wisconsin's men's tennis team lost its fourth consecutive match Saturday, dropping a 4-3 decision to Michigan State at Nielsen Tennis Stadium in Madison.


The Spartans claimed two of three doubles matches to gain the doubles point and an early 1-0 edge. Wisconsin sophomore Ward Bortz, though, even the contest with a 6-3, 6-3 win over senior Eric Simonton at the fourth singles spot.


Michigan State responded, winning three of the next four matches. They picked up wins at the six, one and two, with junior Cameron Marshall clinching it with a 6-1, 4-6, 6-2 win over UW No. 2 senior Scott Green.

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