Oct. 20, 2013
BOSTON -- Entering Sunday with just one regatta remaining on its fall schedule, the Wisconsin women's openweight rowing team made the most of its final fall tune-up, placing ninth in the Championship Eight with a time of 17:10.717.
The regatta included fierce competition, with such powerhouses as the Cambridge Boat Club, US Rowing and the London Training Center joining collegiate squads from the University of Virginia to Yale University.
"It was a very good piece for us. We were very happy with it," said head coach Bebe Bryans. "We were super aggressive and that's what we were looking for from this piece. The good news is that we pulled out a great piece, and we know where we stand with the teams that were here racing as well."
Cambridge took first-place honors, finishing barely a second ahead of US Rowing. UW checked in one minute and 12 seconds behind Cambridge.
Wisconsin's ninth-place finish improved on last year's 10th-place effort, with its time also beating last year's boat by just under four seconds.
With the final regatta of the fall season in the books, the Badgers won't return to competition until March 15, when they are tentatively scheduled to take on Tennessee in Oak Ridge, Tenn.
"We have some hard work to do, but I think they're really motivated to get back into training, and work harder, get tougher, and get stronger. That's our goal," Bryans said. "It was a great regatta and it was great to have all three teams here working together."
Head of the Charles
Oct. 20, 2013
Championship Eight (39 boats entered)
1. Cambridge, 15:59.549; 2. USRowing, 16:00.750; 3. London Training Center, 16:16.336; 9. Wisconsin, 17:10.717
UW Lineup: Coxswain Marie Hebert, Anne Rauschert, Elizabeth Schoenfeldt, Laine Maher, Steph Malchine, Jena Wilder, Leah Gustafson, Monica Whitehouse, Margo Grover