2010 Big Ten Rowing Championships Preview

Wisconsin has four boats earning top seeds in Saturday's Big Ten Championships.

Wisconsin has four boats earning top seeds in Saturday's Big Ten Championships.

April 30, 2010

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The two-time defending Big Ten Champion Michigan State Spartans look for a three-peat this weekend when they play host to the 2010 Big Ten Rowing Championships on Saturday, May 1, on Lake Ovid at Sleepy Hollow State Park in Laingsburg, Mich.

Champions in 2008 and 2009, the Spartans are owners of three conference crowns, with their first coming in 2005. Michigan State came from behind to clinch last year's conference title during the final race, marking the ninth time in 10 years the winner of the first varsity eight race has won the Big Ten Championship. The eighth-ranked Spartans have one top seed, the first varsity eight, heading into this year's championships.

Thirteenth-ranked Wisconsin was the fourth place-team last year and is in search of its first conference championship. The Badgers have four boats earning top seeds in Saturday's regatta, the most of any team at this year's championships. Top-seeded Wisconsin boats include the second varsity eight, first varsity four, first novice eight and second novice eight.

Finishing as the runner-up last season, the 11th-ranked Michigan Wolverines take aim at their conference-best fifth championship, and first since 2004. After finishing fifth in 2008 and a second-place showing in 2009, the Wolverines look to move up the team standings. The No. 15 Buckeyes, who served as hosts during the 2009 championships and finished third overall, have two Big Ten Championships in program history and look to make it three this weekend.

Iowa, which finished fifth last year, is in search of its first conference title, while the sixth-place finishers from Minnesota, which boasts the top seed in the second varsity four, look to rebound and win its second championship. Indiana is in search of their first championship, and looks to move up from its seventh-place position a year ago.