April 20, 2013
MADISON, Wis. -- Competing at the first day of the Lake Natoma Invitational in Gold River, Calif., the No. 15 Wisconsin women's rowing team won two of its three morning races, before finishing second in each of its three afternoon contests.
The Badgers competed against some of the nation's top crews in Northern California, going up against No. 2 Stanford and Tulsa in the morning, while facing No. 1 USC and Sacramento State in the afternoon session.
"Today was great," said head coach Bebe Bryans. "We had solid racing this morning and rowed well. As a team we rowed a little tired this afternoon, but still made good adjustments from the morning."
In the morning, the Wisconsin varsity eight kicked off the competition with a second-place finish with a 6:45.5 time, just 11 seconds behind first place Stanford and over six seconds ahead of third-place Tulsa.
The Badgers closed out their morning races with a pair of wins, starting in the second varsity eight race where Wisconsin beat out Stanford with a 6:43.3 time compared to the Cardinal's 6:48.2 mark.
Wisconsin then edged Stanford in the varsity four race, winning by under a second with a time of 7:23.9 to the Cardinal's 7:24.2.
In the later session, Wisconsin switched the varsity eight and second varsity eight boats, and finished second in each of its three races, placing behind USC in each.
The Trojans cleared the Badgers by just less than nine seconds in the varsity eight race; winning with a time of 6:34.6 to Wisconsin's 6:43.1.
In the second varsity eight race, Wisconsin finished in 6:43.1 compared to USC's 6:34.6.
And in the afternoon's final race, the Badger varsity four crew finished just under 24 seconds behind the Trojans as Wisconsin posted a time of 7:50.4 compared to USC's 7:36.8.
"We get to race Notre Dame and Washington State tomorrow morning and that should be some close racing," Bryans noted. "We haven't seen Notre Dame yet and they have had a really strong season so far. We hope to give both of those teams some strong competition."
The Badger women return to competition and close out the Lake Natoma Invitational Sunday.
1. Stanford - 6:36.9
2. Wisconsin - 6:45.5
3. Tulsa - 6:59.0
Second Varsity Eight
1. Wisconsin - 6:43.4
2. Stanford - 6:48.2
3. Tulsa - 7:20.6
1. Wisconsin - 7:23.9
2. Stanford - 7:24.2
3. Tulsa - 8:04.5
1. USC - 6:34.6
2. Wisconsin - 6:43.1
3. Sacramento State - 7:08.4
Second Varsity Eights
1. USC - 6:49.0
2. Wisconsin - 6:54.1
3. Sacramento State - 7:32.5
1. USC - 7:36.8
2. Wisconsin - 7:50.4
3. Sacramento State - 8:31.5
First Varsity Eight (morning) / Second Varsity Eight (afternoon): Clare Chandler, Lauren Pietila, Katelyn Swanson, Laine Maher, Leah Gustafson, Jena Wilder, Amy Slesar, Katie Hanes, Mel Moranski.
Second Varsity Eight (morning) / First Varsity Eight (afternoon): Kendall Schmidt, Anne Rauschert, Elizabeth Schoenfeldt, Jackie Koykkar, Katelyn Muench, Pam Schommer, Kristine Kammers, Hanna Lynch, Monica Whitehouse
Varsity Four: Marie Hebert, Charlotte Keleske, Emma Allmann, Nicole Hettmann, Kaitlin Dunn