Badger Sports Roundup

Men's hockey adds class of 2008 commitment; led by its second varsity eight, women's rowing placed eighth at NCAA Championships Sunday, for the best finish in the history of the program; men's rowing wins Walsh Cup from Navy.

Men's hockey: Badgers net 2008 commit

The Wisconsin men's hockey team received a verbal commitment from 16-year-old Matt Thurber on Thursday, according to the Wisconsin State Journal. Thurber, originally from Beaver Dam, is a 5-foot-9, 180-pound center playing for the U.S. Hockey League's Omaha Lancers. According to the State Journal, Thurber had offers from Colorado College, Denver, Nebraska-Omaha and New Hampshire, in addition to Wisconsin, and he canceled visits to Colorado College and Denver after visiting UW unofficially last week. Last season, Thurber had 11 goals and 11 assists in 53 games with the Lancers.

Women's rowing: Badgers finish eighth at NCAAs

The Wisconsin women's openweight rowing team made school history with its best-ever finish at the NCAA Championships Sunday at Mercer Lake in West Windsor, N.J.

Wisconsin placed eighth with 28 points, the bulk of which came from a third-place finish by the second varsity eight. That boat clocked in at 6:54.67 over a 2,000-meter course behind only Brown and California. The Badgers earned 20 team points for the best finish by a UW boat. The Badgers' varsity four boat placed second in the petite final and eighth overall, finishing in 7:53.42, good for five team points. UW's varsity eight boat earned three points with its 16th- place finish in the varsity eight Saturday.

California won the national championship with 66 points, winning a tie-breaker with Brown as the result of the former's second-place finish in the varsity eight, compared to Brown's third-place finish.

Men's rowing: Badgers win Walsh Cup

The Wisconsin men's rowing team won the Walsh Cup Sunday, winning the annual varsity eight trophy race with Navy for the first time since 2002. Navy won in 2005 and 2004; the 2003 event was cancelled due to fog.

The No. 7 Badgers completed the 2,000-meter course on the Severn River in Annapolis, Md., in 5:50.53, while No. 11 Navy crossed the finish line in 5:52.43.

In addition to winning the more prominent varsity eight race, the Badgers also won the Fisher Cup, which is awarded to the school that accumulates the most total points. Wisconsin dominated the meet, taking first place in all seven events: the varsity four (6:40.64), varsity four without coxswain (6:19.20), freshmen four (6:34.60), freshmen eight (5:54.80), varsity pair (6:49.08) and open four (6:27.68), in addition to the varsity eight.

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