Four-peat: Women's lightweight four wins fourth-straight national title


Champs
2014 IRA women's lightweight four national champions.

June 1, 2014

Complete Results

WEST WINDSOR, N.J. – For the fourth time in as many seasons, the Wisconsin women’s lightweight rowing team saw its lightweight four win a national championship. The Badgers clocked a 7:25.845 over 2000 meters to win by over 2.5 seconds. Racing took place on Mercer Lake.

UW’s championship boat included Coxswain Tenzin Khangkar (Elmhurst, N.Y.), Megan Oechsel (Marin, Calif.), Gretchen Miron (Appleton, Wis.), Katie Rosoff (Newport Beach, Calif.) and Julia Glueck (Seattle).

“The fours race was absolutely phenomenal,” coach Lisa Schlenker said. “They executed the race plan and raced a gutsy race. They took and last move when Stanford was coming up. They kept their composure, they hit their splits and every stroke was a move. It was absolutely text book and that is why they are national champions. They are to be commended.”

Wisconsin’s lightweight eight finished sixth in 6:54.945 in a close national championship race. Radcliffe (6:41.592) won the title, snapping Stanford’s four-year hold on the national title by under seven-tenths of a second.

"All the speed that they had picked up and everything they had shown in practice, they should have been on the medal stand," Schlender said. "What happens on race day is often very different than what happens in practice.

"They didn’t race as aggressively as they could have. That was disappointing. That was disappointing for the athletes, the Wisconsin fans and the parents. You can’t always finish on top, but at least it will fuel their fire heading into next year.

“Kudos to the other groups. They stepped it up to another level.”

Wisconsin’s lightweight eight included just one senior in Samantha Brecht. The rest of the crew returns for the 2014-15 campaign.

“It is a wonderful group of athletes and I’m very fortunate to have them back next year,” Schlenker stated. “The majority of them will be juniors, so we will be shifting into the upper classes. Of course, I’m already looking back from what we did this year and looking how we can improve Badger lightweight rowing for next year.”

2014 Intercollegiate Rowing Association National Championships
West Windsor, N.J.
Mercer Lake
June 1, 2014
2000 meters

Varsity Lightweight Eight
Grand Final
1. Radcliffe, 6:41.592; 2. Stanford, 6:42.278; 3. Bucknell, 6:42.584; 4. Boston Universty, 6:48.720; 5. Princeton, 6:53.945; 6. Wisconsin, 6:54.248

UW Lineup – Coxswain Brianna Murphy, Gabriela Purman, Jennifer Kish, Lara Tiramani, Emma Landauer, Alessandra Ruenger, Helena Randle, Mackenzie Whiteside, Samantha Brecht

Varsity Lightweight Four
Grand Final
1. Wisconsin, 7:25.845; 2. Stanford, 7:28.595; 3. Fordham, 7:30.600; 4. Radcliffe, 7:38.945; 5. Boston University, 7:44.249; 6. Princeton, 7:54.896

UW Lineup – Coxswain Tenzin Khangkar, Megan Oechsel, Gretchen Miron, Katie Rosoff, Julia Glueck

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