The Wisconsin men's rowing team won all of its races against Minnesota Saturday morning on Lake Mendota in Madison. Led by the No. 15 varsity eight boat, the Badgers raced in mid-50-degree temperatures with a slight crosswind and used their newly opened boathouse.
Wisconsin's varsity eight boat won the Wherley Cup, finishing the 2,000-meter course in 6 minutes, 8.3 seconds. Minnesota finished second in 6:16.8. Wisconsin's second varsity eight boat won its race in 6:07.7 and the third varsity eight placed second in 6:19.6, while Minnesota finished a distant third in 6:43.3.
Wisconsin's freshmen eight also won its race, finishing in 6:18.8, ahead of Minnesota's 6:27.6. In the final race of the day, Wisconsin's fourth varsity eight won in 6:18.5, defeating UW's second and third freshmen eight boats and Minnesota's third varsity/second freshmen eight boat.
"It was a successful day and we are happy with the results," head coach Chris Clark said. "Next week we have the Midwests and that should be exciting and fun. After that, we begin our East Coast portion of the season, which is without question our most difficult part, so we need to get ready for that."
Women's rowing competes at Big Ten double duals
The Wisconsin women's rowing team picked up wins from its second varsity eight and varsity four boats in a double dual meet against Michigan, Michigan State and Iowa Saturday in Ann Arbor, Mich., but the varsity eight openweight boat lost its race.
In the morning racing, Wisconsin's No. 14 varsity eight boat fell to No. 6 Michigan State, which finished the 2,000-meter course in 6:24.4 to Wisconsin's 6:29.9. Wisconsin's second varsity eight boat, though, won in 6:33.4, ahead of Michigan State, which completed the course in 6:38.1.
Wisconsin also picked up wins from its varsity four boat (7:11.2), which defeated Michigan State and Michigan, and its novice four boat, which won in 7:47.4, defeating Michigan and Iowa. UW's second varsity four boat placed second in 6:46.2, ahead of Michigan State but behind first-place Michigan. Wisconsin's novice eight and second novice eight boats lost their races.
In afternoon racing, Wisconsin's varsity four boat bested Michigan and MSU, finishing in 7:16.4, the novice eight defeated Michigan, finishing in 6:43.2, and the novice four boat won in 8:00.8, knocking off Iowa and Michigan.
Wisconsin's second varsity eight boat defeated Michigan to win in 6:30.2 but the varsity eight boat lost to No. 2 Michigan, finishing in 6:32.8 to Michigan's 6:29.8.
Wisconsin's second novice eight boat placed second in 7:03.1, behind MSU, which won in 6:49.1. The Badgers' second varsity four also took second in 7:38.4, while Michigan won in 7:36.6.
"For the novices, this was their first race," head coach Bebe Bryans said. "The morning was not quite as strong as we were hoping for, but again technically they were able to really make some great changes for the afternoon, get a little better composure and go. All in all a really great race against top-flight crews."
Lightweight rowing takes second
The University of Wisconsin lightweight women's rowing team placed second in the Knecht Cup over the weekend. Princeton won both the varsity eight and varsity four events Sunday while competing in the Grand Finals.
Wisconsin's lightweight four boat placed second in 7:53.7, behind Princeton's 7:50.4, while the lightweight eight boat took second in 6:48.1, while Princeton won in 6:46.7.
Wisconsin's second varsity four boat also competed and placed sixth in the petite finals with a time of 8:21.9.