Wisconsin men’s rowing ready for national championships

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– The 10th-ranked Wisconsin men’s rowing varsity eight, and the rest of the team, heads to Mercer Lake this Friday through Sunday, June 3-5, for the 2022 Intercollegiate Rowing Association (IRA) National Championships.

The Badgers will bring their varsity, second and third varsity eights, along with their varsity four, to compete for the boat and overall team national championships.

“The group this year has been first amongst a very few squads during my tenure that has what every coach wants; high character, high motivation and high grades. What they also have had is a fractured tenure with Covid that has affected how far and how fast they have come. Being the guys they are, you would never know it, as resilience is also a trait of theirs.”

On the varsity eight
“While Covid really hurt our depth and development, it has also given us fifth-years, which for us, can put us on more level footing with the internationals we race who are often the mid-20’s. Jimmy Catalano, our first eight coxswain, and Adam Wehking, the stroke, have been the difference this year. While everyone is better than in ’21, that extra year in their own development has been crucial to our boat speed.

“There is no room for error in the national championships but if these guys just believe how good they can be and let it happen then they can go with anyone.”

On the rest of the boats
“The second and third eight and the four are populated by either frosh or young guys with not a lot of big race experience. No predictions here but this will help get them what’s need to build on for their following seasons.”

The Badgers own eight Varsity Challenge Cups as the varsity eight champion at the IRAs, including most recently in 2008. UW finished 11th in the event at the 2021 event after the 2020 championships were canceled due to COVID-19.

As a team, UW placed eighth last season in the battle for the Ten Eyck Trophy. The Badgers own 14 team point trophies since it was first awarded in 1952, second behind only Washington’s 16 titles. UW last claimed the team points trophy in 2002.

This year’s event marks the 119th IRA Championships Regatta.

Wisconsin earned an automatic qualifying spot for finishing among the top-nine schools at the 2022 Eastern Association of Rowing Colleges Championships (Eastern Sprints) that took place in Worcester, Massachusetts, on May 15.

At those Eastern Sprints, UW’s varsity eight led the way with an eighth-place finish, taking second in the petite final behind Northeastern and ahead of Boston University. The Badgers had dropped its race at BU earlier this spring.

No. 10 UW boasts a dual victory in the eight this season against No. 18 Oregon State, and dropped races to No. 9 Northeastern, No. 11 Stanford and No. 12 Boston University. UW finished just over 0.3 seconds behind Stanford at the Pac-12 Invite when the teams raced on April 10 (All listed rankings are current).

The 2022 IRA National Championships will stream live on youtube,

Live results are also available at regattatiming.com.

Look for the IRA National Championships app via the Apple Store or Google Play on your smart devices.

Badgers Schedule
Friday, June 3

Varsity Eight Heat 3 (7:30 am CT) – Colgate, Wisconsin, Brown, Princeton, Navy, Temple
Second Varsity Eight Heat 4 (8:40 am CT) – Santa Clara, Cornell, Brown, Dartmouth, Wisconsin, MIT
Third Varsity Eight Heat 1 (9 am CT) – Penn, Princeton, Washington, Dartmouth, Wisconsin
Varsity Four Time Trials (10:20 am CT)

Varsity Eight Repechages (12:50-1:20 pm CT)
Second Varsity Eight Repechages (1:30-2 pm CT)
Third Varsity Eight Repechages (2:10-2:20 pm CT)
Varsity Four Semifinals (2:30-3:10 pm CT)

Saturday, June 4
Varsity Eight Semifinals
Second Varsity Eight Semifinals
Third Varsity Eight Semifinals
Varsity Four Finals

Sunday, June 5
Varsity Eight Finals
Second Varsity Eight Finals
Third Varsity Eight Finals

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