April 21, 2013
MADISON, Wis. -- The No. 15 Wisconsin women's rowing team finished competition at the Lake Natoma Invitational in Gold River, Calif., Sunday with a sixth-place team finish.
The Badgers took on a pair of top-ranked teams on the invite's final day, racing against No. 12 Notre Dame and No. 19 Washington State, and earned a second-place finish and a pair of third-place finishes.
"Big congratulations to the novices for their first races of the season, they raced close with a fast California crew and showed what promise the Badgers have," head coach Bebe Bryans said. "The varsity boats raced hard and got valuable experience on the course although we weren't fast enough to hold off the strong Irish and Cougar crews. "
The first race of the morning for Wisconsin was the novice eight petit final, where the Badgers placed second with a 6:46.0 time -- just two seconds behind first place California, who won with a 6:44.0 mark.
Against the No. 12-ranked Fighting Irish and No. 19-ranked Cougars, Wisconsin first competed in the varsity four race, placing third with a 7:28.0 time, which was four seconds behind Notre Dame and eight seconds behind top finishing Washington State.
In the second varsity eight race the Badgers fell just short to Notre Dame, finishing just two seconds behind the Fighting Irish with a 6:39.0 time to place second.
Wisconsin finished up competition on Lake Natoma with the varsity eight race and a third-place finish. The Badgers crossed the finish line at the 6:38.0 mark, three seconds behind second place Washington State and eight seconds short of first-place Notre Dame.
"We're in the middle of a really tough schedule and our focus remains on finding the right lineups going forward to next weekend's race against Duke and national-champion Virginia," Bryans added.
The Badger women rowers return to competition next Saturday, April 27, against Virginia in Charlottesville, Va.
Lake Natoma Invitational Standings
3. Stanford/Notre Dame (tie)
5. Washington State
9. Sacramento State
Novice Eight Grand Final
1. Cal A - 6:44.0
2. Wisconsin - 6:46.0
3. Washington State - 6:55.0
4. USC - 7:03.0
1. Washington State - 7:20.0
2. Notre Dame - 7:24.0
3. Wisconsin - 7:28.0
Second Varsity Eight
1. Notre Dame - 6:37.0
2. Wisconsin - 6:39.0
3. Washington State - 6:46.0
1. Notre Dame - 6:30.0
2. Washington State - 6:35.0
3. Wisconsin - 6:38.0
Varsity eight: Clare Chandler, Lauren Pietila, Katelyn Swanson, Laine Maher, Leah Gustafson, Jena Wilder, Amy Slesar, Katie Hanes, Mel Moranski
Second varsity eight: Kendall Schmidt, Anne Rauschert, Elizabeth Schoenfeldt, Jackie Koykkar, Katelyn Muench, Pam Schommer, Kristine Kammers, Hanna Lynch, Monica Whitehouse
Novice eight: Cox: Jordan Weiss, Merritt Denham, Margo Grover, Laura Rudolph, Alexa Callahan, Brianna Dahm, Sarah Larson, Kellyn Cameron, Lexie Moening
Varsity four: Marie Hebert, Charlotte Keleske, Emma Allmann, Nicole Hettmann, Kaitlin Dunn