June 2, 2013
• Complete Results
MADISON, Wis. – All six boats were in action on the final day of racing at the 2013 Intercollegiate Rowing Association National Championships Sunday in Gold River, Calif., as the men’s rowing team took the silver medal in the lightweight four, won a pair of petite finals and captured a 10th-place finish in the varsity eight.
“I thought the results were very good today, every boat stood up and gave their best race of the year,” said head coach Chris Clark. “The team peaked when they had to, and we’re happy to be in the top 10 of the U.S. We can build from that and we are really excited for the 2013-14 season.”
The varsity eight was seeded 12th coming into the regatta and the Badgers took fourth place in the petite final for a 10th-place finish overall. Wisconsin turned in a time of 5:51.801 in the event.
“They started to look like a complete boat and with a freshman at stroke and a freshman at five, it is very promising for the future,” Clark added.
In the past nine years, the Badgers have medaled in at least one race at the national championship regatta. Wisconsin kept that streak alive, capturing second place in the lightweight four event. The lightweight four placed second in its heat to advance to the grand final, where the boat finished second again with a time of 6:48.044.
UW’s varsity four was the only boat to compete in a heavyweight grand final, placing sixth with a time of 6:40.116, just one second behind Cornell.
“The varsity four was in a tight field. It was a valiant effort and just to make it to the grand final was great,” Clark commented.
The novice eight won its petite final for a seventh overall finish, crossing the line in 6:06.650, improving on last season’s 11th-place finish.
“The freshman put together a complete race and won their petite final in a convincing manner,” Clark said. “They lengthened out and powered out in the last 1,000 meters, taking the lead and taking charge.”
Wisconsin’s open four also won its petite final for seventh-place overall, finishing 2.5 seconds ahead of Harvard in 6:46.841.
The second varsity eight took ninth-place overall after finishing third in its petite final with a time of 5:51.801.
Petite final – first place (seventh overall) – 6:06.650
Petite final – first place (seventh overall) – 6:46.841
Second Varsity Eight
Petite final – third place (ninth overall) – 6:04.382
Petite Final – fourth place (10th overall) – 5:51.801
Grand Final – sixth place – 6:40.116
Heat two – second place – 6:43.257
Grand final – second place - 6:48.044