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Burish signs NHL contract; women's rowing earns NCAA bid; Favor honored by NCAA

The University of Wisconsin women's openweight rowing team learned Tuesday afternoon that it had been selected to compete in the NCAA Championships for the third consecutive year. The Badgers are one of 12 teams that were invited to compete in each event—the varsity eight, varsity four and second varsity eight—at the championships, which take place May 26-28 on Mercer Lake in West Windsor, N.J. Four additional varsity eights were also selected.

UW earned its at-large bid after placing second in the Central/South Regional Sunday. This marks the fourth time the Badgers have qualified for the NCAA Championships. They placed 12th last year, 11th in 2004 and 10th in 1999.

"We got the bid by not giving up on each other and never quitting," UW coach Bebe Bryans said. "Going through all the trials and tribulations possible — between illness and injury, the things everybody has to go through. We had one last chance to bring it together and because we relaxed and let it happen, it happened and we know we can do it again."

Burish signs with Blackhawks

The Chicago Blackhawks announced Tuesday that they had signed former UW forward Adam Burish to a two-year contract. Just more than a month ago, Burish captained the UW men's hockey team to its sixth NCAA title—its first national championship in 16 years.

Burish (6-foot-1, 189 pounds) was a ninth-round draft pick (282nd overall selection) of the Blackhawks in the 2002 NHL Draft.

In four seasons at UW, the last two as captain, the Madison native tallied 28 goals and 50 assists in 145 games. As a senior this year he was third on the team in scoring with 32 points (9 goals, 23 assists). He had five points in the NCAA Tournament and was named to the all-Frozen Four team.

Favor honored for track and field accomplishments

The NCAA announced last week that former Badger Suzy Favor and UCLA graduate Seilala Sua have been selected as the NCAA Division I Most Outstanding Student-Athletes in women's track and field, in honor of the 25th anniversary of women's NCAA Championships.

Favor won four NCAA outdoor titles in the 1,500 meters (1987-1990) and in 1990 set the NCAA record in the 800 (1:59.11), which still stands today. She won nine NCAA titles between cross country, indoor track and outdoor track.

Sua won six NCAA titles in outdoor track, four in the discus (1997-2000) and two in the shot put (1999, 2000).

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