The No. 10 Wisconsin women's openweight rowing team
earned one of 12 team invitations for NCAA Rowing Championships Tuesday. The
Badgers, who will be making their second trip to the NCAA meet in program
history, will compete in
"We kind of expected it, but it's nice to have confirmation," interim director of women's crew Sue Ela said. "One's goal is to go to the NCAA Championship every year. This year's team deserves, maybe more than any other, to go because of how hard they've worked and how unified they've been in reaching their goal and showing themselves and the world it could be done. With that invitation they are on their way, but now the job is to be prepared to race and win."
The Badgers opened the season ranked No. 19 in the preseason Collegiate Rowing Coaches Association/USRowing Poll, but steadily climbed to their current position among the nation's top-10 teams.
Region schools at the Central/South Region NCAA Qualifier last weekend.
In the Badgers' 1999 NCAA appearance, the UW collected 10
points for its 10th-place finish.
In addition to
Racing at the NCAA Rowing Championships will take place
"This was a benchmark, but we certainly have our work to do in the next week and a half," added Ela. "Everybody contributed to the success up to right now, but in the same light, when you face the top crews in the country you have to be at your best so the challenge continues."