The oldest, largest and most visited state park in Wisconsin will play host to one of the premiere rowing events in the country on Sunday, May 19, 2019. The Big Ten Rowing Championships are coming to Devil’s Lake in Baraboo.
"It is really exciting," head women’s rowing coach Bebe Bryans said. "It is something we’ve been working on for years. We believe it is a beautiful, great venue. The most important thing is the water conditions and we believe it will supply that.
The 2019 Big Ten Championships will mark the third time since the start of Big Ten rowing began in 2000 that the Wisconsin women’s rowing program will serve as the host school for the Big Ten championships. The previous two championships, in 2000 and 2007, were held on Lake Wingra.
The 2019 championships will also mark the first time the Big Ten rowing championships will be held outside of Indianapolis since 2010, when the event was held in East Lansing, Michigan, by Michigan State. That year, Wisconsin captured its first and only Big Ten rowing team title to date.
The eight-team Big Ten championships will mark the fourth women’s rowing event to take place at Devils Lake since 2015. The Badgers’ first event took place on May 2, 2015, with Michigan State and Minnesota competing. UW also raced there on Oct. 18, 2015, against Minnesota, and played host to the Big Ten/Big 12 Invite on April 23, 2016, with the Badgers, Minnesota, Oklahoma, Kansas and Iowa taking part. The Wisconsin men’s team has also competed there several times since first racing there in 2012.