Wisconsin crew teams thrive

Women's openweight finishes second at Big Ten Championships; men's squad, women's lightweight win matches

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Men's rowing wins Cochrane Cup


The men's rowing team continued its undefeated season by winning the Cochrane Cup in Boston, Mass., Saturday.


The annual race, which takes place on the Charles River, pits the Badger varsity eight rowers against teams from Dartmouth and M.I.T. and No. 6 Wisconsin came out on top, finishing in a time of 6:17.3. Second-place Dartmouth finished in 6:24.8 while M.I.T. took third in 6:45.0.


"They pressed hard, Dartmouth did," head coach Chris Clark said. "It was touch and go for the first half; then we managed to break it away. It was a good race. Dartmouth is always an extremely tough competitor who has a tendency to peak later in the season so they are similar to us."


Wisconsin's second varsity eight and freshman eight also took home first-place finishes, as the second varsity eight finished in 6:38.6, more than 20 seconds ahead of Dartmouth, which finished in 6:59.0. The freshmen eight team also dominated and also finished more than 20 seconds ahead of Dartmouth, with a time of 6:43.2, compared with the Big Green's finish of 7:03.8.


The men's rowing team will stay in Boston and compete for the Jablonic Cup against No. 15 Boston University and M.I.T. Sunday.


Women's openweight places second at Big Tens


Wisconsin's openweight women's crew team earned third-place finishes in four events, including the varsity eight race, to take second place at the Big Ten Championship in Iowa City, Iowa Saturday. 


The Big Ten Championship was decided by the final race, the varsity eight. Michigan State held the lead prior to the event but was dethroned by then third-place Michigan, which won the varsity eight in 6:48.4 and won the championship with 128 points.


Wisconsin took third in the varsity eight with a time of 6:53.7 but finished second overall with 115 points. It was the Badgers highest finish in the five-year history of the event.


Michigan State took fourth with a time of 6:55.7 and took fourth overall while Ohio State finished the day in third.


Wisconsin had top-three finishes in its other events, as the second varsity eight, second varsity four and novice eight teams all took third. Wisconsin's second novice eight took first with a time of 7:10.5 and its first varsity four finished in second in 7:45.7.


"Things went just fabulously here," interim Director of Women's Crew Sue Ela said. "We still have a lot of work to do and speed to gain but the team has performed very strongly as a group."


The women's openweight team will participate in the South-Central Regional Championships May 15-16 in Tennessee.


Lightweight crew downs Georgetown


The women's lightweight rowing team won all but one race against Georgetown in Washington, D.C., Saturday.


Wisconsin fell to Georgetown in the varsity eight, finishing in 6:29.5, less than a second behind the Hoyas, who finished in 6:28.93.


The Badgers, however, owned Georgetown in every other event, finishing first in the varsity four race (7:25.25), the novice eight (6:56.5), and the novice four (7:53.19).


"We were very disappointed to [lose] the premier [event], the varsity eight by a half of a second," head coach Mary Schnofner said. "I thought Georgetown raced a very solid race and we look forward to seeing them in the Eastern Sprints."

The Badgers will head to the Eastern Sprints in Camden, N.J. next weekend.

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