MSU Crew Travels to Wisconsin To Face Badgers and Iowa
April 12, 2006
EAST LANSING, Mich. - The Michigan State rowing team - featuring its seventh-ranked varsity eight - will return to Big Ten racing in a double-dual meet against Wisconsin and Iowa on Saturday, April 15. The Spartans will face No. 16 Wisconsin in the morning and contests Iowa in the afternoon.
The Spartans go into the day's races off a commanding performance at then-No. 3 Virginia, coming away from the day with victories in the varsity eight, varsity four, and novice eight events. The lone loss suffered by a Michigan State boat was in the second varsity eight event, when MSU fell to the Cavaliers by 1.8 seconds.
Michigan State had mixed success against Wisconsin during the 2004-05 season, matching up against the Badgers once during the regular season, then met with UW at the Big Ten Championships, South/Central Sprints, and the NCAA Championship regattas. The Spartan varsity eight and the first and second novice eight crews downed the Badgers in the regular season regatta, while the MSU second varsity eight lost its race against Wisconsin. The first and second varsity four crews each dropped a pair of races to the Badgers.
The Spartans exacted revenge at the 2005 Big Ten Championships, finishing first as a team over Wisconsin's third-place finish. The MSU first varsity eight, second varsity eight and first varsity four all finished ahead of their Badger counterparts at the Big Ten Championships. The Michigan State varsity eight finished ahead of UW at the Big Ten Championship, and in the qualifying heat at the South/Central Sprints before falling to Wisconsin in the grand final, and in the NCAA repechage. The Spartan second varsity eight finished the 2005 postseason unbeaten against the Badgers, finishing ahead of Wisconsin in two races at the South/Central Sprints and in the NCAA repechage. The MSU first varsity four finished ahead of the Badgers in all postseason races except the NCAA qualifying heat.
Michigan State did not race against the crews from Iowa as frequently last season, meeting them on the same weekend as the Badgers during the regular season, but less frequently over the 2005 postseason. The Spartan crews swept the Hawkeyes in four events: the first and second varsity eights and the first and second novice eight events.
MSU crews met with their Hawkeye counterparts in all but the novice eight morning heats at the 2005 Big Ten Championships, with the Spartans racing to victory in every event. The novice eights from both teams did meet in the petite final, and Michigan State finished first (fifth overall) while Iowa finished second (sixth overall). The first varsity eights from both teams met again at the South/Central Sprints, with MSU finishing second, qualifying for the grand final, while the Hawkeyes finished fifth.
The double-dual is Michigan State's last scheduled appearance before the 2006 Big Ten Championships, which will take place April 29 in St. Paul, Minnesota.
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