May 5, 2013
MADISON, Wis. -- With only having competed in four races so far this year, the Wisconsin men's rowing team added a race against No. 4 Northeastern on Sunday in Boston.
Both the Badgers first and second varsity eights dropped their races to the Huskies, while UW's novice eight defeated Northeastern's third varsity eight.
"All in all it was rough, dropping two of three today, but we definitely made progress in the boats, no question," head coach Chris Clark said. "No matter how hard you practice, the experience you gain from racing is very different. Hopefully we can build from this and get better in two weeks time for the Eastern Sprints, and it looks like we are on that path, so it's encouraging."
Conditions were a bit slower, but calmer than compared to Saturday when the Badgers competed against MIT and Boston University.
The novice eight boat started the day and got out to a lead and never looked back. The Huskies' third varsity eight made a late push, but the Badgers held onto their lead for the win, with a time of 5:55.3.
UW's second varsity eight started with a lead, but this time Northeastern's comeback bid paid off and the Huskies claimed a 1.6 second win, as the Badgers finished in 5:55.5.
In the varsity eight race, No. 4 Northeastern led the entire way, but the Badgers did not make it easy for the Huskies. The Badgers never dropped below 39 strokes per minute and turned in a time of 5:46.7, just 5.1 seconds behind Northeastern.
"This was something we needed, being only our fifth race this year, really, just over a period of two weekends," Clark added. "Northeastern is very strong, one of top-ranked teams in the country, but it was never comfortable for them, we pressed them hard the whole way."
Next up for the Badgers is the 2013 Eastern Sprints, which will take place in Worcester, Mass., on May 19.
Varsity Eight: Coxswain: Eric Rhiel, Kyle Anderson, Logan Hietpas, Patrick Muto, Ben Ruble, Matt Sobotka, Cody Rissman, Andrew Weiland, Matthew Hinkamp
Second Varsity Eight: Coxswain: Leonard Manning, Kyle Smith, Lowell McNicholas, Alec Hub, Garret Voorhees, Charles Holtz, Kevin Ripley, William Horvat, Mitchell King
Novice Eight: Coxswain: Hunter Koeshal, Michael Knippen, Remington Knight, Peter Ginouves, George Perrett, Addison Pierskalla, Christophe Delauney, Ian Buchanan, Kelly Fisher