Oct. 9, 2011
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ROCKFORD, Ill. -- On an unseasonably warm October day, the Wisconsin women’s openweight and lightweight rowing teams were as hot as the weather, collecting 15 medals at the Head of the Rock regatta on the Rock River.
UW raced a total of 35 boats at the regatta, which featured teams or clubs from nine Big Ten universities. The Badgers came home with at least one medal in all seven events they entered, finishing first in six of those.
Wisconsin won at least two medals in five races and swept the top three spots in three different races.
Wisconsin’s impressive performance earned the Badgers the highest point total among 45 competing crews. The Badgers earned 1,165 points to finish 272 ahead of Michigan’s men’s crew, which placed second.
UW was responsible for more than 30 percent of the total 3,506 points awarded in women’s races.
“It was another great day at the Head of the Rock,” UW head coach Bebe Bryans said. “It was a long day with lots of races, but I was really impressed with the teamwork, and we are pretty pleased with what we saw this early in the season.”
With many rowers scheduled to row twice, Wisconsin started the day strong with 16 boats racing in the women’s collegiate pairs event. The Badgers swept the top six spots and claimed 12 of the top 14 finishes, with Iowa finishing in seventh and eighth. The remainder of the Badgers’ boats finished in 16th, 20th, 21st and 22nd.
“I thought we performed pretty well,” lightweight head coach Erik Miller said. “I was happy with the way we performed in pairs; we had a pair come in third place overall after two Wisconsin openweight pairs and some freshmen in the top four pairs, as well.”
In the women’s open single, Sophie Haywood and Taylor Freese finished third and fourth, respectively, behind Y Quad Cities Rowing and Lincoln Park Boat Club.
Abby Knight and Taylor Fries won the women’s open double sculls race with a time of 18:37.06 on the six kilometer course.
One of the highlights of the day was the first collegiate racing experience for the Badgers’ novice rowers. In the novice four, Wisconsin finished first and second, with the novice openweights beating out the lightweights by just four seconds.
In the varsity four race, the Wisconsin openweights swept the top three spots. Dayton finished in fourth, followed by UW’s lightweight boats in fifth and eighth place.
The novice eight race saw even more Badgers experience their first race. UW entered four boats, with the top openweight and top lightweight boats finishing first and second, just two seconds apart. Iowa finished third, followed by the final two Wisconsin boats in fourth and fifth.
Wisconsin raced five varsity boats in the final race of the day, the women’s collegiate eight. The Badgers swept the top four spots, with the openweights finishing first with a time of 15:59.11, followed by the lightweights 27 seconds behind. The final UW boat finished in ninth behind crews from Iowa, Dayton and Purdue.
Wisconsin returns to the water Oct. 22-23, when all three crews travel to Boston for the Head of the Charles Regatta.
Head of the Rock
October 9, 2011
Rock River (Rockford, Ill)
Collegiate Pairs – Top Finishers
1- Wisconsin A, 18:24.26
2- Wisconsin D, 19:01.50
3- Wisconsin G, 19:03.53
4- Wisconsin E, 19:06.33
5- Wisconsin F, 19:06.61
6- Iowa A, 19:14.42
7- Iowa B, 19:15.05
8- Wisconsin I, 19:20.11
9- Wisconsin O, 19:26.29
10- Wisconsin J, 19:33.40
Open Single Sculls
1- Y Quad Cities Rowing, 20:04.48
2- Lincoln Park Boat Club, 20;12.21
3- Wisconsin, 20:27.56; Sophie Heywood
4- Wisconsin, 20:28.10; Taylor Fries
Collegiate Novice Four
1- Wisconsin Openweight, 18:56.60
2- Wisconsin Lightweight, 19:00.44
3- Marquette, 21:37.17
1- Wisconsin Openweight A, 17:38.30
2- Wisconsin Openweight B, 18:15.12
3- Wisconsin Openweight C, 18:17.70
4- Dayton, 18:41.53
5- Wisconsin Lightweight A, 18:53.74
6- Dayton, 18:55.14
7- University of Chicago, 19:01.20
8- Wisconsin Lightweight B, 19:04.37
Open Double Sculls
1- Wisconsin, 18:37.06; Taylor Fries, Abby Knight
1- Wisconsin Openweight A, 17:01.77
2- Wisconsin Lightweight A, 17:03.91
3- Iowa, 17:43.51
4- Wisconsin Openweight B, 18:18:02
5- Wisconsin Lightweight B, 19:01.96
1- Wisconsin Openweight A, 15:59.11
2- Wisconsin Lightweight A, 16:26.24
3- Wisconsin Openweight B, 16:30.21
4- Wisconsin Openweight C, 16:37.55
5- Iowa, 16:41.81
6- Iowa, 16:59.85
7- Dayton, 17:13.76
8- Purdue, 17:16.88
9- Wisconsin Lightweight B, 17:19.44