May 31, 2013
• Complete Results
MADISON, Wis. – The Wisconsin men’s rowing team advanced all five boats to the semifinals on Friday at the 2013 Intercollegiate Rowing Association National Championships, but it was not easily done.
With the first and second-place boats in each of the heats for the varsity eight and varsity four races advancing to the semifinals, the Wisconsin boats narrowly missed out placing third in both races. However, with one last chance in repechage, both the varsity four and varsity eight boats fought back to claim the final positions in tomorrow’s semifinal races.
“The varsity eight won their rep by open water, it was a big improvement over what we have done this year,” said head coach Chris Clark. “For the first time all year, they started looking normal, like a boat should. It’s a little late for that to happen, but it’s a great improvement and we’re alive for another day.”
The varsity eight’s road to the semis started with a third-place finish in heat four, where the boat was edged by Stanford, finishing just one second behind the Cardinal. In the repechage, the Badgers went on to finish by more than a four-second margin over Syracuse in 6:04.044.
In the varsity four, Wisconsin placed third with a time of 6:49.069, but beat Jacksonville by more than seven seconds in its repechage race.
The other three boats, the novice eight, open four and second varsity eight, placed high enough in their heats to automatically advance to the semifinals.
The second varsity eight advanced to the semis with a second-place finish in heat two and just missed out on first place to Brown by less than one second with a time of 5:56.530.
The novice eights had the closest race finish of the day. Needing only to finish in the top three, the Badgers took third with a time of 6:05.981, but were edged by Penn in second place by half of a second.
Racing begins tomorrow at 10:45 a.m. (CT) with the first semifinal of the open four. The first of four semifinals for the varsity eight begins at 1:30 p.m.
Heat one – Third Place - 6:05.981
Heat two – Second Place - 6:57.708
Second Varsity Eight
Heat two – Second Place - 5:56.530
Heat four – Third Place - 5:52.032
Repechage four – First Place - 6:04.044
Heat four – Third Place - 6:49.069
Repechage four – First Place - 6:44.409