Nov. 3, 2013
Ypsilanti, Mich. -- The Wisconsin men’s rowing team highlighted the conclusion of its fall racing season with strong showings in each of its three races at the Head of the Huron regatta Sunday in Ypsilanti, Mich.
The team competed in three of the day’s events: the novice eight, the novice four and the varsity eight. Held on a 4,500-meter stretch of Ford Lake, the 2013 Head of the Huron participants included rowing clubs from Grand Valley, Michigan, Michigan State, Wheaton and Purdue.
Wisconsin first ruled the water in the novice eight, where the team’s boats claimed the top three places of the 11 boats entered. Checking in with the fastest time of 14:36.18 was Wisconsin A, followed 13 seconds later by Wisconsin B. The Wisconsin C boat came in third with a time of 15:02.44. The next team to cross the finish line was Michigan almost 36 seconds later.
“We had three boats in our first race, and we managed to go one, two and three. I was pleased with that,” UW assistant coach Simon Carcagno said. “There was hardly a separation between our boats, which was interesting and it was nice to see our guys trying to separate themselves from the rest of the pack.”
The Badgers found similar success in its second race, the novice four, a race with 10 entries. The Wisconsin A boat took first place, rowing a time of 17:11.26. Michigan claimed second place, finishing the course in 17:18.41 before the Wisconsin B squad could check in at 18:03.21 for third place. The third UW boat, Wisconsin C, crossed the finish line eighth with a time of 19:01.39.
Two freshmen groups from Wisconsin stacked up against eight other entries in its final event of the regatta, the varsity eight. The first Badger boat to finish the race was Wisconsin B, checking in third behind crews from Michigan and Grand Valley with a time of 14:24.73. Wisconsin A was the fifth boat to cross the line, recording a time of 14:31.43, six seconds behind the second Michigan boat that claimed fourth place.
“We put two freshmen boats into the varsity eight race just to see how these guys would stack up, and they did a really nice job,” Carcagno said. “They got third and fifth in that race competing against varsity crews.”
With the completion of its fall racing season, the men’s rowing team will not compete again until April 5, when the crew will host a meet against Michigan on Lake Mendota to open the spring racing season.
“We still have a lot of work to do coming up this winter and the guys seems to enjoy the challenge and like to be pushed so we’re going to do our best to make things challenging for them” Carcagno said.
Head of the Huron
Nov. 3, 2013
Novice Eight (11 boats entered)
1. Wisconsin A, 14:36.18; 2. Wisconsin B, 14:49.50; 3. Wisconsin C, 15:02.44; 4. Michigan A, 15:38.57
Novice Four (10 boats entered)
1. Wisconsin A, 17:11.26; 2. Michigan A, 17:19.41; 3. Wisconsin B, 18:03.21; 4. Grand Valley B, 18:17.24; 5. Wheaton A, 18:29.23;…8. Wisconsin C, 19:01.39
Varsity Eight (10 boats entered)
1. Michigan A, 14:07.38; 2. Grand Valley A, 14:18.84; 3. Wisconsin B, 14:24.73; 4. Michigan B, 14:25.75; 5. Wisconsin A, 14:31.43