May 29, 2014
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MADISON, Wis. -– There’s nothing like a championship weekend to get the blood flowing and the 10th-ranked Wisconsin men’s rowing program will have its heart pumping extra hard with the start of the 2014 Intercollegiate Rowing Association National Championships. On Mercer Lake in West Windsor, New Jersey, for the first time in its 112-year history, this year’s event runs Friday through Sunday, May 30-June 1.
The Badgers will enter a varsity eight, second varsity eight, third varsity eight, varsity four and freshman eight in the IRAs. UW owns eight Varsity Challenge Cups, which goes to the varsity eight IRA national champion, last winning in 2008. The strongest, smoothest, and most importantly the fastest crew will take home this year’s cup. A little suffering will be involved, as well.
UW’s headlining varsity eight started the season slowly, but picked things up a bit at the 2014 Eastern Sprints in mid-May, taking seventh with a victory in the petite final after entering as the No. 11 seed. The Badgers enter the IRAs as the No. 10 seed and look to finish better than their 10th-place finish from a year ago. UW’s last grand final resulted in a fourth-place finish in 2011.
The Badgers open with their varsity eight heat at 7:30 a.m. CT, in the third heat. California, Boston University, Oregon State, Syracuse and Gonzaga will serve as the Badgers’ competition. The top two finishers in the heat will advance to the semifinals, while the remaining boats will compete in the afternoon repechage for a second chance to reach the semifinals.
Top-ranked Washington and second-ranked California appear to be the favorites for the Varsity Challenge Cup, but No. 3 Harvard and a handful of other Eastern schools have potential to surprise.
For UW’s other boats, the second varsity eight owns the nine seed, while the third varsity eight is seeded 10th and the freshman eight boasts the six seed. Last year, the second varsity eight was ninth, while the freshman eight was seventh and the varsity four took sixth. There was no third varsity eight race at the 2013 regatta.
UW FRIDAY SCHEDULE (Listed by lane)
7:30 a.m. CT (Varsity Eight) – Syracuse, Wisconsin, California, Boston University, Oregon State, Gonzaga
8 a.m. CT – (Second Varsity Eight) – George Washington, Wisconsin, California, Boston University, Oregon State, Florida Institute of Technology
9 a.m. CT – (Freshman Eight) – Drexel, Wisconsin, California, Brown, George Washington, Columbia
9:30 a.m. CT – (Third Varsity Eight) – Oregon State, Yale, California, Northeastern, Wisconsin, Holy Cross
10:30 a.m. CT – (Varsity Four) – Wisconsin, Georgetown, Loyola, Pennsylvania, George Washington, Northeastern