April 5, 2014
MADISON, Wis. – The Wisconsin women’s rowing team was robbed of a chance to compete in the Pac-12 Challenge last weekend after a number of rowers fell ill, but it made the most of its return to the water on Saturday at the San Diego Crew Classic.
The varsity eight posted a third-place finish in its heat, crossing the line at 6:39.995. It was just behind second-place Washington State’s 6:38.218, while USC’s 6:32.692 was good for a top finish.
The second varsity eight also acquitted itself well, finishing just three seconds behind top finisher USC, who took first with a time of 6:40.735.
The effort enabled both boats to qualify for Sunday's grand final.
"Both crews raced really well," head coach Bebe Bryans said. "Both were fast enough to get into the grand final, which was a good start.
"The varsity eight got off to a great start and then they faltered a little bit, but they learned from that challenge. For the 2V it was an opposite experience. Good racing from both squads, good learning opportunities, and we're looking forward to the finals tomorrow."
The event concludes on Sunday, with a full recap available at UWBadgers.com following the action.
San Diego Crew Classic
San Diego, Calif.
April 5, 2014
1. USC, 6:32.692; 2. Washington State, 6:38.218; 3. Wisconsin, 6:39.995; 4. Miami, 6:53.217; 5. Texas, 6:57.566
Coxswain Marie Hebert, Libby O'Rourke, Monica Whitehouse, Hannah Schwartz, Kristine Kammers, Steph Malchine, Laine Maher, Margo Grover, Anne Rauschert
Second Varsity Eight
1. USC, 6:40.735; 2. Wisconsin, 6:43.306; 3. Iowa, 6:50.560; 4. Miami, 6:51.446; 5. CSUS, 6:58.237
Coxswain Katherine Condon, Nicole Hettmann, Jena Wilder, Gillian Cooper, Frances LaBudda, Pamela Schommer, Anna Knutson, Katie Muench, Rachel Gendreau