The Badgers enjoyed their share of success in 2013-14 and now UWBadgers.com is honoring the best student-athletes, teams and performances of the year. Over the next few weeks, we'll unveil the best of the Badgers in five categories: Big Ten Medal of Honor (June 16), Athletes of the Year (June 17-21), Team Achievements of the Year (June 22-27), Games of the Year (June 28-July 5) and Freshmen of the Year (July 13-18).
Today we feature women's rowing lightweight four winning its fourth-consecutive national title as a Team Achievement of the Year nominee.
June 27, 2014
MADISON, Wis.- For the fourth-straight year, the Wisconsin women's lightweight rowing team had its lightweight four win a national championship.
The third-ranked Badgers clocked a 7:25.845 over 2000 meters and edged Stanford's time of 7:28.595 to win by over 2.5 seconds.
UW's championship boat included Coxswain sophomore Tenzin Khangkar (Elmhurst, N.Y.),freshman Megan Oechsel (Marin, Calif.), junior Gretchen Miron (Appleton, Wis.), junior Katie Rosoff (Newport Beach, Calif.) and sophomore Julia Glueck (Seattle).
Racing began Saturday, May 31, on Mercer Lake in West Windsor, N.J. The varsity four won its Saturday morning heat to advance directly to Sunday's grand final. The Badgers (7:48.403) won by nearly 10 seconds over second-place Radcliffe (7:58.213).
Wisconsin's lightweight eight finished sixth in 6:54.945 in a close national championship race. Radcliffe (6:41.592) won the title by under seven-tenths of a second, snapping Stanford's four-year national title reign. Wisconsin's lightweight eight included just one senior in Samantha Brecht. The rest of the crew returns for the 2014-15 campaign.