May 2, 2013
MADISON, Wis. – Not many teams compete only twice before heading into a conference championship, but that is the situation the No. 4 Wisconsin lightweight women’s rowing team finds itself in, as the Badgers prepare for the 2013 EAWRC Eastern Sprints in Cherry Hill, N.J., on May 5.
| 2013 Eastern Sprints Schedule
|• 11:00 a.m. (CT) -- Ltwt. Varsity Four
|• 11:15 a.m. (CT) -- Ltwt. Novice Eight
|• 11:30 a.m. (CT) -- Ltwt. 2nd Varstiy Eight
|• 11:45 a.m. (CT) -- Ltwt. Varsity Eight
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In fact, the Badgers’ have yet to compete since the ice melted on Lake Mendota. Wisconsin opened the spring season with a trip to Princeton on March 31. There the Badgers competed well, but the Tigers were just too much to overcome in the first regatta of the year.
Two weeks later, while Mendota was still unrowable, the Badgers competed in the Knecht Cup on April 14, winning both the lightweight eight and novice eight races.
While the crew did finally get on Lake Mendota in the third week of April, all the time inside has given the Badgers one advantage, fitness. Lightweight head coach Lisa Schlenker mentioned that this year’s squad couldn’t be more fit and in shape.
At the sprints this weekend, the Badgers will face Princeton again and it can prove to be a good measuring stick of just how far the team has come in training since the end of March. The Badgers may not be favorites to win the regatta this year, but Schlenker, and everyone else on the team, believes that if they show up and row to the best of their abilities, they’ll surprise a lot of doubters.
Last Time Out
The Badgers are familiar with the race course at Cherry Hill, N.J., as they last competed there during the Knecht Cup regatta on April 14. The Badgers edged Bucknell by .62 seconds to win the lightweight eight crown. In the novice eight grand final, the Badgers posted a near 3-second advantage over Boston College for the win.
Wisconsin’s second varsity eight won the third final, edging Duquense. The varsity eight also competed in the openweight class, placing fifth in the petite final with a time of 6:57.52.
Previous Sprints Titles
Wisconsin enters the 2013 Eastern Sprints as the defending champs, claiming the 2012 title with a time of 6:32.27, besting second-place Bucknell by just over four seconds. The Badgers have also won the Konrad Ulbrich Points Trophy, given to the team with the overall best finish, each of the past six years. In all, Wisconsin has eight EAWRC titles, including seven of the past eight.