Rowing Completes Competition at NCAA Regatta

Wisconsin's varsity four posted the highest NCAA finish-ever for a Wisconsin crew, earning second place on Sunday.

May 31, 2009

Three Big Ten squads posted top-10 team finishes at the conclusion of the NCAA Championships on Sunday afternoon at the Cooper River in Cherry Hill, N.J. Big Ten champion Michigan State led all conference squads with a sixth-place team finish while Ohio State and Michigan rounded out the top 10 finishers, coming in eighth and ninth place, respectively. Wisconsin's varsity four completed the three-day event with the top individual finish among Big Ten boats with a second place finish in the V4 grand final.

Stanford, coached by former Wisconsin coxswain Yasmin Farooq, won the team title with help from a victory in the varsity eight. The Cardinal scored 88 points to edge second-place California (85 points) and third-place Yale (85 points). California earned second place with a higher finish in the varsity eight. Yale did however capture the second varsity eight national title while Clemson claimed the varsity four crown en route to a 12th-place team finish with 43 points.

Michigan’s first varsity eight completed the three-day event in the runner-up position in the petite final to place eighth overall. The second varsity eight and varsity four were fourth in their respective petite finals to finish 10th overall in their events. Overall, the Wolverines tallied 48 points to secure a place in the top 10.

Michigan State wrapped up competition at the national regatta with strong performances from each of its three entries, including the varsity eight, second varsity eight, and varsity four, which each won their respective races on Sunday afternoon. As a team, MSU compiled 54 points tying its best finish in school history in sixth place. The Spartans also finished sixth in 2006 and again in 2008.

Compiling 49 team points, Ohio State was paced by the first varsity four’s first-place finish in the petite final for the second-consecutive year.

Wisconsin’s varsity four stamped its name into Badger rowing lore, capturing a second-place finish in the V4 grand final to gain the highest NCAA finish-ever for a Wisconsin crew. As a team, the Badgers finished with 26 points and placed 13th out of the 16-team field.

2009 NCAA Rowing Championships
May 29-31
Cooper River Park
Cherry Hill, N.J.

Final Team Standings/Points
1. Stanford/88
2. California/85*
3. Yale/85
4. Virginia/78
5. Brown/71
6. Michigan State/54 / Recap
7. Washington/50
8. Ohio State/49 /Recap
9. Michigan/48 / Recap
10. Princeton/46
11. USC/ 46
12. Clemson/43
13. Wisconsin/26 / Recap
14. Harvard/21
15. Oregon State/14
16. Dartmouth/12

*Higher 1V8 finish breaks tie / Recap and Final Results