MADISON, Wis. – Wisconsin finished its first meet of the season on Sunday at the Longhorn Invitational as the No. 10 openweights squared off against Louisville in their final three races of the regatta. The Badger lightweights competed for the first time this spring season, also against the Cardinals. 

Wisconsin got off to a good start on the final day of competition, as the lightweights won the third varsity eight/first novice eight race by 26 seconds against Louisville's openweight novices. The Badgers clocked in at 7:38.3 to the Cardinals' 8:02.0.

The openweights, led by coach Bebe Bryans, won against Texas in the second varsity eights race by a margin of 0.2 second. Sunday, the Badgers were on the opposite side of an even smaller margin as Louisville edged out a win against Wisconsin's varsity eight by finishing in 7:04.3 to the Badgers' 7:04.35.

“Hats off to Louisville,” Bryans said after the race. “That was an awesome effort on their part. We tried some different things, and just weren't able to quite respond as we should have.”

The second varsity eights and the varsity fours brought in two more wins for the openweights. Both squads had big margins of victory against the Louisville teams, winning by an average of 14 seconds.

“It was a good end to a really good weekend,” Bryans said. “We're hoping that it's going to be a beginning of a whole lot more speed coming up.”