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Wisconsin takes on nation's best at Head of the Charles

ON WISCONSIN <b>The Badger men earned eighth and 11th place finishes at the Head of the Charles</b>
The Badger men earned eighth and 11th place finishes at the Head of the Charles

Oct. 21, 2012

Full Results l Women's recap

MADISON, Wis. — Competing against a collection of the top teams in the country, the Wisconsin men's rowing team opened its 2012 fall season at Boston's famous Head of the Charles regatta and earned a pair of top-11 finishes.

In their season debuts, the Badger men’s four placed eighth and the men’s eight finished 11th in their respective races Sunday.

The Head of the Charles takes place on Boston’s Charles River and draws nearly 9,000 rowers annually from across the country to compete in one of the nation’s premier rowing competitions.

Going into the event, the men's four won two-of-the-past-three men’s four races at Boston’s famous race including last year’s event, but weren’t able to make it two straight after placing eighth this year with a time of 17:21.13, just over 30 seconds off the pace of first-place Stanford.

In the men’s eight race, Wisconsin placed 11th in a field of 28 boats with a time of 15:06.35, just over 29 seconds behind first-place Washington.

“If 'do no harm' is the key tenant in medicine it's also a fundamental in sports, said head coach Chris Clark. “In both our races, the four and the eight, we did ourselves no favors.”

“There were some bright spots,” he added. “Both races were executed extremely conservatively.”

Clark added that the experience his team gained competing at the Head of the Charles will serve them well when the spring season starts.

“These contests are important, but they serve as a preseason,” Clark said. “So, most importantly, we'll see where we are in six months as this gave us good information and a measure against the best of the last few years.”

The Badger men are back in action next weekend, Oct. 28, at the Head of the Iowa in Iowa City, Iowa.

Head of the Charles
Oct. 20-21, 2011
Charles River (Boston)

Championship men’s four

1. Stanford: 16:50.39; 2. Washington: 16:56.76; 3. Western University: 17:03.30; 4. Usrowing: 17:04.93; 5. California Rowing Club: 17:12.6; 6. Penn A.c. Rowing Association: 17:17.83; 7. Merrimac River Rowing Association: 17:20.77; 8. University of Wisconsin men: 17:21.13

Championships men’s eight

1. Washington: 14:37.27; 2. Harvard: 14:42.35; 3. California, Berkeley: 14:47.24; 4. Tideway Scullers: 14:48.54; 5. Princeton: 14:52.55; 6. Northeastern: 14:53.21; 7. Brown 1: 14:53.25; 8. Brown 2: 14:54.40; 9. Boston University: 14:56.21; 10. California Rowing Club: 15:02.73; 11. University of Wisconsin men: 15:06.35 


Ryan Evans
UW Athletic Communications 

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