May 30, 2013
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MADISON, Wis. -- For the sixth-straight season, and the 10th in the past 17 seasons, the Wisconsin women's rowing team will compete at the NCAA championships. The Badgers will compete against 15 other schools at this year's championships, which will take place May 31-June 2 at Eagle Creek Park in Indianapolis, Ind.
"I'm happy that we're going to have the chance to keep going, not only because it's our goal, but also because this year has been such a challenge," head coach Bebe Bryans said. "These kids deserve it. They have more speed in them, and now they're going to have the chance to prove it."
The at-large bid marks Wisconsin's 10th trip to the national championships since rowing became an NCAA sport in 1997, and the eighth time qualifying in nine seasons under Bryans.
The Badgers streak of six-straight trips to NCAAs is the second-longest among Big Ten Conference teams, trailing only Ohio State, which has made 14-straight. In this year's championships field, Wisconsin is joined by conference rival Michigan, in addition to the Buckeyes.
"It looks like it came down to end-of-season performances, and for us, that was what we needed to have happened," Bryans added. "We did bring it so hard and so well at Big Tens and I'm just glad that it was enough. We were happy with how we performed at Big Tens and it's nice that that's not the end, even though they raced liked it was."
Wisconsin's Varsity Eight crew is the No. 13-seed in Indianapolis and will row in Heat 4 along with defending national champion No. 4 Virginia, No. 5 Washington, No. 12 Michigan No. 20 Gonzaga and No. 21 Rhode Island.
The Second Varsity Eight, seeded No. 10, will compete in Heat 2 against No. 2 California, No. 7 Harvard, No. 15 Michigan and No. 18 Boston University.
The Badgers' Varsity Four boat is seeded No. 8 for the championships and will race in Heat 1 with No. 1 California, No. 9 Washington State, No. 16 Cornell and No. 17 Oklahoma.
The Wisconsin women placed 11th last year at the 2012 NCAA Rowing Championships. The Badgers' highest all-time finish at NCAAs was seventh in 2010.
Wisconsin NCAA Heats:
Varsity Eight -- Heat 4
Virginia, Washington, Michigan, Wisconsin, Gonzaga, Rhode Island
Second Varsity Eight -- Heat 2
California, Harvard, Wisconsin, Michigan, Boston
Varsity Four -- Heat 1
California, Wisconsin, Washington State, Cornell, Oklahoma