May 15, 2009
All seven Big Ten rowing squads will travel to Oak Ridge, Tenn., this weekend to compete in the 2009 Aramark South/Central Regionals, hosted by the University of Tennessee, May 16-17, on Melton Lake. Indiana, Iowa, Michigan, Michigan State, Minnesota, Ohio State and Wisconsin will vie against some of the top teams in the country to strengthen their chances of earning a bid to the 2009 NCAA Championships to be held May 29-31 in Camden, N.J.
Racing begins on Saturday at 9 a.m. ET with preliminary heats followed by afternoon semifinals at 2 p.m. Sunday's finals are slated for a 9 a.m. start time.
Six of the seven Big Ten rowing programs are ranked in the top 20 in the nation. Defending Central Region Champion Michigan State leads the pack at No. 3, earning five first-place votes in the latest Collegiate Rowing Coaches Association/USRowing poll. Michigan garners a No. 6 national ranking and Ohio State checks in at No. 8, while Wisconsin (No. 14), Iowa (No. 17) and Minnesota (No. 19) round out the top 20.
The Spartans enter this weekend's regatta boasting the highest national ranking at the competition, which features four teams in the top 10, six in the top 15 and nine in the top 20. The 22-team field includes crews from Alabama, Cincinnati, No. 10 Clemson, Central Florida, Duke, Eastern Michigan, Kansas, Kansas State, No. 18 Louisville, Miami, Murray State, North Carolina, Notre Dame, SMU, Tennessee, Texas and No. 11 Virginia.
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