The resume for senior rower Micah Boyd is impressive. Part of the 2002 Wisconsin conference title-winning boat, the school's first since 1946, and a runner-up finisher in the national title race that year, he captained the team last year. Leading the squad to its first W Cup title over Washington in the 11-year history of the event and a fourth-place finish in the national championship race, he returns this year as the only Badger to race in the top boat in each of the past three years.
In pure numbers, Boyd is far and away Wisconsin's top rower, with fitness scores surpassing even his twin brother Anders, also a member of the UW crew. A living example of the biological "nature versus nurture" debate, Micah has risen to the top of the current Badger squad, sitting four seat in one of the power seats, while brother Anders sits six seat, another of the power seats in the boat. Anders is enjoying his first season in the UW's top boat.
While Wisconsin absorbs a large graduation from last year, including two rowers that are in line for a bid to the 2004 Olympic Summer Games in Athens, Greece, Boyd looks to continue the strong results of the UW crew from the past two seasons.
The Badgers opened the spring season last weekend with a victory over No. 13 Michigan and return to the water this weekend for the 12th annual W Cup race. The fifth-ranked Badgers look to defend the title for the first time Saturday with their race against No. 2 Washington.