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Wisconsin lightweight rowing coach Mary Shofner, who led the Badgers to three consecutive national championships, has parted ways with UW, choosing to pursue other coaching opportunities; Minnesota wins second annual Border Battle Trophy 530-350.

The University of Wisconsin's women's lightweight rowing coach has decided to pursue other coaching opportunities and will not return to the Badgers next year, the UW announced in a press release June 9.

Mary Shofner led the UW lightweight eight boat to Intercollegiate Rowing Association national titles in each of her three seasons as the Badgers' coach.

"Coaching the lightweight Badgers was an incredible experience," Shofner said in the release. "I found myself, and still find myself, inspired on a daily basis to go that extra step to get closer to greatness. Between the alumni, current student-athletes and incoming recruits, the future of Wisconsin lightweight rowing is in great shape to continue to excel."

"First of all, I want to thank Mary for the great years she put in here and how strong a squad she has been able to help develop," said Bebe Bryans, the head coach of the UW women's rowing program. "I think after three national championships, now is the perfect time for her to see what else she can do and where else she can go. While we are really sad to see her go, I understand and support her completely in her new adventures."

"Our women can feel really secure in the knowledge that they have earned the opportunity to have another great coach," Bryans added. "The search is on."

Minnesota wins Border Battle

Minnesota dominated the standings for the second annual Border Battle Trophy, topping Wisconsin 530-350. UW won the first trophy 235-205. The scoring system was changed for the 2005-06 athletic/academic year to include sports in which the schools do not meet head-to-head.


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