Badger crew takes 11th at NCAAs

Openweight women's team wins varsity four petite final

The Wisconsin women's openweight rowing team, competing in its first NCAA Championships since 1999, earned an 11th place finish after a strong performance Sunday. Wisconsin finished with 19 points while champion Brown took 70 points, winning the varsity eight and second varsity eight races. Virginia, which placed seventh overall, won the varsity four race. The tournament, held in Rancho Cordova, Calif., brought in the top 12 teams in the nation.

Wisconsin's boats had sluggish starts to most of the races in the championship but shaped up Sunday with stronger performances from the second varsity eight and varsity four. The Badgers' varsity four boat took first in the petite final and seventh overall to finish in 7:32.50 after taking an early lead, leaving Michigan State, Michigan, Princeton, Washington State and Harvard in its wake.

Wisconsin and Virginia battled in the second varsity eight race, fighting neck-and-neck for control of the water. Wisconsin led for the first half of the race by a margin of three seconds or less, but Virginia gained the upper hand in the second half and pulled out a narrow victory in the petite final. The Cavaliers won in 6:48.80 while Wisconsin came in 6:51 and took eighth place overall.

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