Coming off of a dominating performance at their first event of the year, the UW women’s rowing team is expecting to have a successful season.At the Milwaukee River Challenge, which took place after only two weeks of practice for the Badgers, the fours competed first capturing the top five spots, while the three other boats placed in the top 20.As for the eights, the four boats competing grabbed the top four finishing spots.Other than a great start, the Badgers have a lot to be excited about this season. “I think things are going very well especially with our first year in the boathouse,” head coach Bebe Bryans said. “It makes everything easier, especially for the novices.”The Badgers will spend their first full season in the brand new Porter Boathouse on Lake Mendota that was officially opened Apr. 22. The boathouse is a three-story, state-of-the-art facility at the end of Babcock Drive. The 52,000-square-foot crew house includes an impressive moving water rowing tank, workout rooms, sports medicine facilities, the program’s Hall of Fame, team locker rooms and coach/staff offices.In addition, the lightweight eight varsity team, coached by Mary Shofner, is the reigning national champion two times over, having won the NCAA Division I women’s lightweight eight national title in 2004 and 2005.”The open weights are hoping to join the lightweights who have set the standard for what can come out of this boathouse,” Bryans said.With the stern three rowers of the last two championship teams graduating last year, the Badgers will have big shoes to fill, but Bryans called this the “beauty of rowing.” She said, “There isn’t just one [rower,] it’s a team effort, and you need to be strong top to bottom.”This season the team will be racing a lot more than last year, especially in the spring, with hopes that their ability to work hard all season will pay off in the end.”We have a really good schedule, competing against the [varsity open weight] national champions (University of California-Berkeley) two times this year at the Crew Classic and then again in Indiana,” Bryans said. “Last year four schools in the Big Ten went to the national championships and we will be racing all of them, so we’ll be ready.”To prepare for this strong competition, Bryan wants a more aggressive approach to the team’s racing this season.”I think it will be a natural progression from the work we did last year … and we want to be faster, it’s simple,” she said.With high hopes of a three-peat for the lightweight team and hopefully a championship for the open weight team for the first time in a while, the Badgers are looking good early on and appear poised to do great things this season.Saturday the Badgers can be seen participating in Class Day Races, a traditional event in which current rowers, broken down by class, race against alumni boats.Oct. 1 also marks the 10th anniversary of the founding of UW-Madison’s lightweight program which has seen much national success in its first ten years including second place finishes in 2001 and 2002, a third place finish in 2003, and back-to-back titles in 2004 and 2005.Wisconsin will be back in action competitively Oct. 9 in Rockford Illinois at the 20th Annual Head of the Rock Regatta.
David Crossman being escorted by a Police rank after he was jailedA Linden, Region 10 (Upper Demerara-Berbice) duo was on Tuesday sentenced to three years each behind bars by Magistrate Wanda Fortune after they were found guilty of robbery under arms. The sentences were handed down to 30-year-old David Crossman also called “Bling” of Stewart Path, Christianburg, Wismar, Linden, and 34-year-old Sharon Austin when they made their final appearance at the Linden Magistrate’s Court.The court heard that on September 30, 2018, while being armed with a handgun, the duo along with another unidentifiable male robbed Kriss Jinn of $30,000. They also robbed Michael Charles of a Samsung S6 Edge cellphone valued $150,000 dollars and two silver chains. Additionally, the duo robbed Javon Bobb of a gold chain valued $6000.The incident occurred in a boat on the Demerara River in the vicinity of the Mackenzie Shore, Linden.Preliminary enquiries disclosed that the victims, who were partying at the Library ‘3’ Nightclub located at Rainbow City, Mackenzie, left the location and proceeded to the Titanic Boat Landing at Mackenzie. Subsequently, the three perpetrators entered the boat and as it was proceeding over to the Wismar shore, the two male suspects then held the victims at gunpoint and relieved them of the cash and items mentioned. On arrival over at the Wismar shore, the suspects then made good their escape. Crossman and Austin were later identified as two of the perpetrators, however, the third suspect was never found.Magistrate Fortune in her ruling on Tuesday declared that it was established beyond a reasonable doubt that the duo was two of three persons who had robbed the Virtual Complainants.Crossman was unrepresented, however, Austin’s counsel, Clive Forde, begged for leniency on behalf of his client. He noted that she is the mother of a 13-year-old, who misses her dearly. He also indicated that his client had already served 10 months in prison and asked that the time be taken into consideration. The attorney also noted that his client had suffered a lot in prison and had been abused.He said after speaking with her on Tuesday morning, she pointed out plans to turn her life around and be a role model to her daughter.Asked by the presiding Magistrate to give reasons why he should not be given the maximum five-year sentence, Crossman begged for mercy and leniency, noting that he would like to be with his three children.Prosecutor Vernetté Pindar told the court that Crossman had been previously charged for other offences.In July 2018, Crossman was acquitted of a break and enter and larceny charge after he was found not guilty of the offence by Magistrate Clive Nurse. He was accused of breaking and entering the dwelling house of Keneisha Samuels and stealing a number of items, all of which amounted to a total value of $450,000.Magistrate Fortune noted that she took into consideration that it was his first conviction of this nature. She then sentenced both persons to three years each behind bars.