• Complete Openweight Schedule | Lightweight Schedule
Aug. 1, 2012
MADISON, Wis. - The Wisconsin women's openweight and lightweight rowing programs begin their quests for national championship honors when they open the 2012-13 racing season with the Milwaukee River Challenge on Saturday, Sept. 15.
In all, the openweight program has 12 events slotted from that mid-September Saturday through the end of May and the 2013 NCAA Championships. The lightweight rowing program, including the defending International Rowing Association's national champion varsity four boat, will have nine events to look forward to this upcoming season.
Following the team's trip down Interstate 94 to Milwaukee, the Badgers will race their annual Class Day Races out of Porter Boathouse in Madison on Sept. 22. The Badgers welcome alumni back to the boathouse for a day of fun and racing, while the current Badgers break up by year for a friendly and festive race day.
The Badgers return to intercollegiate competition in early October for the Head of the Rock. The openweight team will make the trip to Rockford, Ill., on Oct. 7, while the lightweight squad will travel to Illinois on Oct. 14. A tentatively scheduled trip to the Head of the Charles on Oct. 21 in Boston, Mass., leads to the Head of the Iowa in Iowa City, Iowa, on Oct. 28. The Head of the Iowa completes the program's fall slate, as the squads will have a five-month break from competition before gearing up for the spring.
The Badgers return to competition in March, as the lightweights head out to Redwood City, Calif., for the Pac-12 Challenge, while the openweight team makes the trip down south to Gainsville, Ga. The openweights then travel west to San Diego, Calif., for the San Diego Crew Classic on April 6. Both programs return to the water on April 13, as the lightweights are scheduled participate in races at the Knecht Cup in Cherry Hill, N.J., while the openweights will make their annual trip to Iowa City, Iowa, for their first conference dual of the 2013 year.
The Wisconsin openweights makes its second trip to the Golden State on April 20 for the Lake Natoma Invitational in Gold River, Calif. The team travels to Charlottesville, Va., for a dual meet on April 27 which will feature Virginia and Big Ten-foe Minnesota. After a two-week break, the lightweight squad will return to racing on April 27, as they make their second trip to Boston, Mass.
Both events complete the UW's regular season slate, as the Badgers will depart for their respective conference championship meets, scheduled for Sunday, May 19. The openweights will make the short trip to Indianapolis, Ind., for the 2013 Big Ten Championships, while the lightweight program will make a return visit to Cherry Hill, N.J., where it will attempt to defend its Eastern Sprints Championship.
The 2013 NCAA Championships are slated to begin Friday, May 31, in Gainsville, Ga., while the IRA Championships will get underway the same day in Gold River, Calif.