March 26, 2014
Madison, Wis. -- Despite the icy terrain that still surrounds the Madison area, the Wisconsin women’s openweight rowing team has long been preparing for the spring season ahead. This preparation hasn’t gone without notice, as the team was ranked 15th amongst NCAA Division I rowing programs in the 2014 USRowing/Collegiate Rowing Coaches Association preseason collegiate rowing poll on Monday.
Wisconsin received 127 votes overall, placing the team behind No. 14-ranked Washington State University’s 151 votes. Topping the NCAA Division I poll was Ohio State with 460 votes, followed closely by the University of California-Berkeley and the University of Virginia with 459 and 452 votes, respectively.
Selections for the annual NCAA championship races are made each May, a process the Badgers are familiar with after making the NCAAs nine times out of the past 12 seasons.
In last year’s NCAA event, the UW openweights finished in 16th place overall after earning 44 total points. Competing in three ‘C’ finals on the last day of the championships in Indianapolis, the Badgers notched two fourth-place finishes in the varsity eight and second varsity eight races and crossed the finish line second in the varsity four event.
The 6:41.259 completion time of the varsity eight boat and the 6:45.990 finish of the second varsity eights were both 16th-best overall amongst their Division I competitors, and the varsity four’s final time of 7:27.706 earned the boat a 14th-place finish overall.
Ohio State claimed the 2013 NCAA openweight title with 126 team points, and California was the runner-up with 124.
Wisconsin was originally slated to compete this weekend at the Pac-12 Challenge in Redwood City, Calif., but will not compete.
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