Its hard to believe the time is here, but the UW womens openweight rowing team begins its fall season this Saturday in Milwaukee. Whereas many students are getting accustomed to their new fall classes, dorms and apartments, the rowers waste no time getting back onto the water and begin their season.
This Saturday, the Badgers head east to Milwaukee, where they will participate in the Milwaukee River Challenge on the Milwaukee and Menomonee Rivers. The fall season is a great opportunity for the rowers to get on-water experience, and for the novices, a great chance get their first taste of collegiate racing, before training moves indoors for the winter.
The openweights hope to continue their quest for success by building off of previous years successes. They have made it to five of the last six NCAA championships, and they hope this year will be six of seven. The expertise and wisdom brought along by sixth year head coach, Bebe Bryans, will definitely aid the Badgers as they try to climb back to the top. Assistant coaches, Karen Rigsby and Megan Cooke, now with a year under their belts, will seek to lead the team as well.
This is the beginning of the 2009-10 season and, hopefully, the painful, blistered hands, cramped muscles and countless hours of erging will pay off for the rowers in the end.