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The University of Wisconsin women's lightweight rowing team won its third consecutive national championship Saturday; the men's rowing team won five medals at its national championships; 86 Badgers academic all-conference for spring sports.

UW lightweights win national title

The Wisconsin women's lightweight rowing team, for the third straight year, won the Intercollegiate Rowing Association National Championships Saturday, making this the fourth national title for a UW team this academic/athletic year.

Saturday, the Badger lightweights bested Georgetown to win in 6:46.51 over the 2,000-meter course on the Cooper River in Camden, N.J. The Bulldogs finished second in 6:50.12, with Radcliffe and Princeton taking third and fourth, respectively.

The win came after the No. 1 Badgers placed third in their morning heat on Friday, dropping to the repechage heats. They won their repechage heat Friday afternoon to earn their ticket to Saturday's final.

Members of the national championship boat include: senior coxswain Erin Specht, sophomore Kristin Hedstrom, Margot Schoelkopf, senior Andrea Ryan, senior Anaya Drew, senior Mary Higgins, senior Claire Wallace, sophomore Christi Halleen and senior Candice Hansey. This is the third title for Drew, Higgins, Ryan and Specht. The team is coached by Mary Shofner.

Men's rowing: Badgers compete at national championships

The Wisconsin men's rowing team picked up five medals at the Intercollegiate Rowing Association National Championships this weekend. All of the Badger boats showed improvement from last year's performance, when the Badgers placed 18th in the varsity eight.

On Saturday, the team's top varsity eight boat placed ninth overall and third in the petite finals in 5:45.91, behind Northeastern and Syracuse. California took the varsity eight, winning the Varsity Challenge Cup.

The Badgers' varsity four without coxswain, freshmen four and men's pair each placed second, while its second varsity eight and open four took third.

The Badgers placed seven boats in various grand finals, while sometimes racing under less-than-favorable conditions. Flooding in the Cooper River in Camden, N.J., site of the IRAs, led to debris floating across the course and a weather delay on Friday.

The Badgers also raced its freshmen four ‘B' boat and varsity four with coxswain in the petite finals Saturday. The Badgers placed seventh overall in the varsity four, winning the petite final, and its freshmen four ‘B' boat placed second in the petite finals and eighth overall.

Badgers earn academic All-Big Ten, district honors

Eighty-six UW athletes in 12 sports earned academic All-Big Ten honors for the spring season Thursday. All student-athletes were letterwinners in at least their second year at their schools and maintained at least a 3.0 cumulative grade-point average.

Ohio State led all schools with 161 academic All-Big Ten honorees.

The UW women's rowing team had a school-best 17 honorees. Nolan Polley, a sophomore on the men's tennis team, earned special honors for having a perfect 4.0 GPA, one of eight student-athletes in spring sports to do so.

In all, the Big Ten honored 948 student-athletes this spring, the most in the last 12 years. During the 2005-06 academic year, the Big Ten Conference recognized 1,993 academic All-Big Ten honorees.

Women's hockey players junior Sara Bauer and senior Sharon Cole, both of whom were academic All-Big Ten picks, were also named to the ESPN the Magazine Academic All-District V Women's At-Large team by the College Sports Information Directors of America. Since both were named to the first team, they are eligible for academic All-America status.

Three men's track athletes — senior Nathan Brown, junior Joe Detmer and junior Mike Sracic — were named to the first-team Academic All-District V team, as was women's track and cross country athlete junior Katrina Rundhaug. Graduate student Andrea Lang was named to the second team.

Academic All-America honorees will be announced the week of June 19.

For a complete list of UW's spring academic All-Big Ten honors see UWBadgers.com.

For a complete list of each honoree in the conference, click on this link to BigTen.org.


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