Badger Sports Roundup, May 6

Malinda Johnson eight-over par after round one of NCAA Central Regional; women's tennis singles/doubles NCAA berths announced; women's varsity eight rowers move into top 10

Johnson back in the pack

Wisconsin senior golfer Malinda Johnson shot an eight-over par 79 in the first round of the NCAA Central Regional tournament in Normal, Ill. Johnson is in a seven-way tie for 53rd place, 11 shots out of first.

Arizona sophomore Erica Blasberg and Texas A&M junior Kyla Neal are tied for first after each carded a 68 in the opening round.

McGaffigan qualifies for NCAA Championships in singles, doubles

Two Badgers were selected for the NCAA women's tennis championships Thursday. The tournament takes place May 24-29 in Athens, Ga.

On the doubles side, Katie McGaffigan and Lindsay Martin will represent Wisconsin and the Midwest region as one of 32 pairs in the competition. The duo received an at-large bid after posting a 15-9 record in duals this season and is currently ranked No. 42 in the nation.

In singles, McGaffigan received one of four automatic bids from the Midwest region. Each of five regions is allowed four automatic entrants before the remaining 44 at-large bids are extended to complete the pool of 64 athletes.

The last time Wisconsin sent athletes to the event was 1999. That year, Barbara Urbanska and April Gabler lost to a Florida pair in the first round and Urbanska was also defeated in the first round of singles play by Duke's Megan Miller.

Women's openweight rowing cracks top 10

After finishing third at the Big Ten Championships last weekend, the Wisconsin women's rowing team moved up three spots in the College Rowing Coaches Association/USRowing Varsity Eight Poll to No. 10 in the nation. It is the first time the Badgers have been ranked in the top 10 since a No. 10 mark April 12, 2000.

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