Oct. 30, 2011
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IOWA CITY, Iowa -- Despite being three hours from Madison, the Wisconsin men's, women's and lightweight women's rowing programs felt right at home Sunday on the Iowa River, dominating the field at the Head of the Iowa.
Competing against host Iowa, Minnesota, Iowa State, Creighton, Drake and Colorado, Wisconsin won all 10 races on the University of Iowa campus. The Badgers competed in the varsity and novice eight, four and varsity pair. Each event featured a men's and women's race.
The men proved dominant in every race, winning the top four spots in all six races. In three of those races every UW boat finished at the top of the score sheet, with the slowest Badger boat ahead of the fastest boat from any other team.
"The course is tight and is very easy to have misadventure," Wisconsin head coach Chris Clark said. "We finished where we should, and the novices finished by sweeping the top four, which is good considering this is their first race and they typically have some mistakes."
The Badgers started the day sweeping the top four spots in the varsity eight race. Wisconsin's top boat finished in 12:19, just .12 seconds ahead of the second UW boat. The third and fourth boat finished 15 and 20 seconds behind. The fastest boat not named Wisconsin was Minnesota, who finished in just over 13 minutes.
The novices got their first taste of college racing, with many of them competing in the novice four race. It was the first race of the season for the Badgers, but for many, Saturday was the first race of their collegiate career.
Nothing could get in the way, however, as Wisconsin claimed the top five spots, as well as 10th place, in the 15-boat race. The win was convincing as the top boat finished in 14:25 and the fifth boat finished in 15:34, 28 seconds ahead of the fastest non-Wisconsin crew.
The varsity four continued the winning streak, sweeping the top six fastest times in a 14-team race. Every Wisconsin boat finished within 40 seconds of each other, and at least 23 seconds faster than seventh-place Colorado.
In the novice eight, even more Badgers got to experience their first college race. As with the novice fours, they proved they can win without experience. Wisconsin swept the top four spots, beating six other crews trying to break up UW's quest for dominance.
The final race of the day was the men's pair, which featured 10 Wisconsin boats in the 19-team field. Racing against Iowa, Minnesota and Colorado, the Badgers were able to pull out the victory, placing nine boats in the top 10. Minnesota's sixth-place finish was all that got in the way of a top-10 sweep.