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Accolades for men's hockey; lightweight rowing No. 1; cross country to visit the White House

More accolades for men's hockey

Three players on the Frozen Four-bound Wisconsin men's hockey team, as well as head coach Mike Eaves, all earned honors recently. Junior goalie Brian Elliott was named to Inside College Hockey's first-team All-America list, and senior defenseman Tom Gilbert and sophomore forward Joe Pavelski earned second-team honors.

Eaves was named one of 11 finalists for the Spencer Penrose Award for the nation's top Division I men's hockey coach after guiding the Badgers to a 28-10-3 record and a spot in the Frozen Four. The Badgers face Maine (28-11-2) in the semifinals Thursday, April 6. A win over Maine would qualify UW to face the winner of the Boston College-North Dakota matchup in the national championship game April 8.

Elliott is also one of three finalists for the 2006 Hobey Baker Award, while Gilbert was named to the Western Collegiate Hockey Association's first team and the 2006 NCAA Midwest Regional All-Tournament team. Pavelski earned second-team All-WCHA honors after finishing fourth in the league in scoring with 39 points in 28 conference games. He is the team's leading scorer with 53 points. He was named to the NCAA Midwest Regional All-Tournament team after scoring a hat trick against Bemidji State in the regional semifinal.

Lightweight rowing ranked No. 1 in poll

The two-time defending national champion Wisconsin women's lightweight rowing team topped the list of ranked teams, according to USRowing, which released its first poll Thursday. The Wisconsin men's team is ranked No. 11 in its poll. The lightweight women's team returns five members of the 2005 championships boat.

The Badger men's rowing team's varsity eight boat finished 10th at the Intercollegiate Rowing Association national championships last season and its second varsity eight (including four sophomores) placed third.

The Wisconsin women's openweight varsity eight was ranked ninth in the most recent USRowing poll.

Cross country team to meet President Bush

The Wisconsin men's cross country team, along with the other six fall sports teams that won national championships, will be honored at the White House April 6.

Last November, the Wisconsin men's cross country team won its first team title since 1988, placing all five scorers in the top 17. Senior Simon Bairu won the individual title for the second straight year.

The trip to Washington, D.C., includes a championship reception with President George W. Bush, a tour of historic White House rooms and a speech by Bush on the White House South Lawn. The Badgers will pose for a team photo with Bush and present him with a gift.

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