May 13, 2011
Park Ridge, Ill. -
The Wisconsin Badgers look to defend their 2010 conference title this weekend at the 2011 Big Ten Rowing Championships on Sunday, May 15, on Lilly Lake at Eagle Creek Park in Indianapolis, Ind.
The Badgers won their first conference championship last year, winning four races with one runner-up finish and a third-place showing. The 11th-ranked Badgers have one top seed, the first novice eights, heading into this year's championships.
Tenth-ranked Ohio State, which finished fourth last year, look to add its third Big Ten Championship after earning three top seeds for this weekend's races. The boats which took the number one positions are the first varsity eights, first varsity fours and second varsity fours.
Eighth-ranked Michigan State, who served as hosts during the 2010 campaign and finished runners-up, are in search of its fourth conference championship. The Spartans have one boat, the second varsity eights, that earned the top seed in Sunday's regatta.
Finishing in third place at the championships last season, the 16th-ranked Michigan Wolverines take aim at their conference-best fifth championship, and first since 2004. Each of the Wolverines six boats earned top-four seeds.
Minnesota, which finished fifth last year, is in search of its second championship, while Iowa and Indiana seek their first championship.