Women's rowing places third at Central/South NCAA Regional
The Wisconsin No. 10 women's openweight crew team took third place at the Central/South Regional NCAA Qualifier Sunday on Melton Hill Lake in Tennessee.
The Badgers finished fifth in the grand final of the varsity eight, finishing in 6:43.5 while No. 5 Ohio State won the race in 6:34.8. Wisconsin finished fourth in the second varsity eight with a time of 6:50.9 while Virginia won the race in 6:44.5. The Badgers placed second in the varsity four race in 7:37.0, behind only Virginia, which won the event in 7:33.1.
Wisconsin also had boats in the open four, novice eight and second novice eight but these events were not counted in the final point totals.
"The staff is so incredibly proud of these rowers," associate head coach Nicole Borges declared. "It was an amazing regatta. The varsity and the novice performed like they've been rowing forever."
The Badgers are currently waiting for their fate in the NCAA Championships, which will be held May 28-30 in Sacramento, Calif. The field will be announced Tuesday.
Badger men finish fifth at EARC Championships
Fifth-ranked Wisconsin finished fifth in the headlining varsity eight at the Eastern Association of Rowing Colleges Championships, Sunday on Lake Quinsigamond in Worcester, Mass. UW finished in 5:51.00 while Harvard won the event in 5:42.85 to continue its undefeated season.
The Badgers had better results in the second and third varsity eight races. The UW second varsity eight place third, four-tenths of a second behind second-place Cornell. Harvard took the event in 5:54.67. The Badgers crossed the line in 6:00.169.
Wisconsin's third varsity eight placed second in 6:03.02. Harvard also won that event, this time in 5:58.07.
The Badgers also entered a fourth varsity eight boat, one of just two schools to participate in the event. The Crimson got the better of the Badgers with a 5:56.57 to Wisconsin's 6:04.87.
—Jonathan Linder contributed to this report