Badger Sports Roundup

Women's rowing second at regional; women's lightweights win Eastern Sprints; new diving coach named

The University of Wisconsin women's rowing team placed second in the NCAA Central/South Regional Sunday on Melton Hill Lake in Oak Ridge, Tenn., dramatically improving its chances of receiving a third consecutive bid to compete in the NCAA Rowing Championships.

The No. 20 Badgers tallied 361 points from the five races, finishing just five points behind No. 4 Ohio State. UW finished ahead of seven teams that currently own a higher ranking.

Wisconsin picked up 162 points with a fourth-place finish in the varsity eight, 114 points with a second-place finish in the second varsity eight, 48 points from finishing third in the varsity four, 28 points from winning the novice eight, and nine points for a third-place result in the open four.

The 12-team field for the NCAA Championships will be announced Tuesday at 2 p.m. Central. Prior to the Badgers' showing at the regional this weekend, an invitation to the event, which takes place May 26-28 on Mercer Lake in West Windsor, N.J., appeared to be a longshot. UW finished fifth at the Big Ten Rowing Championships two weeks ago. Sunday was a very different story.

"I don't want to use words like unbelievable and fantastic, because this is the way it is supposed to be, but it was all of those things and we are looking forward to two more weeks," UW coach Bebe Bryans said. "We think we have a solid chance now at being able to get two more weeks. We are just so looking forward to having the opportunity to keep this going and to keep getting faster and I think it looks good for us to be able to do that."

Lightweights win Eastern Sprints

The No. 3 Wisconsin women's lightweight rowing team won the Easter Sprints for the second consecutive year in racing Sunday on the Cooper River in Camden, N.J.

The Badgers won the 2,000-meter lightweight eight race in 7 minutes, 14 seconds. No. 2 Radcliffe was second in 7:20.79, followed by No. 4 Georgetown (7:23.38) and No. 1 Princeton (7:30.16).

In the day's other events, Wisconsin's lightweight four placed fifth in 8:33.30 and its novice eight finished second in 7:44.68.

UW names diving coach

Tom Michael, the diving coach at Northwestern the past six seasons, has been hired as the new diving coach at UW, head swimming coach Eric Hansen announced in a press release Monday. Michael's duties will begin July 1. He replaces Josh Seykora, who was UW's diving coach for the past three seasons.

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