Womens openweight rowing releases 2009-10 slate


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The Wisconsin womens openweight rowing program will begin its quest for a sixth NCAA championship bid in seven years when it opens the sportid=137"> --> 2009-10 racing season with the Milwaukee River Challenge on Saturday, Sept. 19.

In all, 12 events are slotted from that mid-September Saturday through the end of May and the 2010 NCAA Championships.

Following the teams trip down Interstate 94 to Milwaukee, the Badgers will race their annual Class Day Races out of Porter Boathouse in Madison on Sept. 26. The Badgers welcome alumni back to the boathouse for a day of fun and racing, while the current Badgers break up by year for a friendly and festive race day.

The Badgers return to intercollegiate competition on Oct. 11 for the Head of the Rock in Rockford, Ill. The tentatively scheduled trip to the Head of the Iowa on Oct. 25 in Iowa City, Iowa, leads to the Southland Regatta in Blue Island, Ill., on Nov. 1. The Southland Regatta completes the programs fall and head racing schedule.

The Badgers return to competition in April for the Stanford Invitational on April 3- 4 in Redwood City, Calif. The trip west comes on the heels of Spring Break training in Oak Ridge, Tenn. A tentative scrimmage is on the docket for April 3 in Oak Ridge against Tennessee for those crews not traveling to California.

The Big Ten Double Dual follows on April 10 in Iowa City, Iowa. The Badgers are currently scheduled to face Louisville and Iowa at the event.

Wisconsin makes its second trip to the Golden State on April 17 for the Lake Natoma Invitational in Gold River, Calif. The event completes the UWs regular season, as the 2010 Big Ten Championships run May 1 in East Lansing, Mich.

The conference race precedes the NCAA Central Championships run alongside the NCAA South Championships, May 15-16 in Oak Ridge, Tenn. Then, if the Badgers earn an NCAA bid, they will compete for the national title at the 2010 NCAA Championships from May 28-30 at a yet to be determined site.

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