April 18, 2014
Varsity Magazine – Men | Varsity Magazine - Women
MADISON, Wis. –- It has been about a week since Lake Mendota opened up for Wisconsin’s three rowing programs to finally get on the water for good this spring, and it is none too soon as the Badger men, women and women’s lightweight squads take on some of the best crews in the nation. The crews will be rowing from sea to shining sea, as well as right here in Madison on Lake Mendota.
The 13th-ranked Wisconsin men’s rowing team, which has yet to race this year, will split its team. Beginning Saturday at 8 a.m., the Badgers will take on Minnesota and Milwaukee School of Engineering.
If conditions hold, the racing will take place on the south shore of Lake Mendota, with the finish line just off Memorial Union Terrace.
vs. Minnesota/Milwaukee School of Engineering Race Schedule
Lake Mendota, Madison, Wis.
8 a.m. – Lightweight Varsity Four
8:20 a.m. – Varsity Four
8:40 a.m. – Varsity Four B
9 a.m. – Freshman Eight
9:20 a.m. – Varsity Eight
9:40 a.m. – Freshman Four
10 a.m. – Freshman Four B
The Badger men will send its top two boats and its freshmen eight for racing on Friday and Saturday at the Stanford Invite. The first race of the season for UW’s varsity eight is against No. 2 California. The Badgers will also face No. 12 Stanford and No. 18 Oregon State on Saturday.
The 15th-ranked women’s openweights head to the Clemson Invite in South Carolina for racing that includes eight of the nine teams in the country ranked No. 12 through No. 20, as well as seven others who are receiving votes in the latest Collegiate Rowing Coaches Association/USRowing Coaches Poll.
That means many teams that will be vying for berths in this year’s 22-team NCAA field come selections in mid-May get a chance to add key wins to their resumes.
Finally, the sixth-ranked UW women’s lightweigths will battle some of the best crews in the nation at the Boston Round Robin. No. 1 Stanford, No. 2 Radcliffe, No. 4 Boston University and No. 7 MIT make up some of the crews competing at the event.