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UW grad settles in to help next generation of Badger rowers

Stevens named graduate assistant coach for Wisconsin men’s rowing

MADISON, Wis. – A four-time Intercollegiate Rowing Association National Championships competitor for Wisconsin, Tyler Stevens is set to spend his near future helping out the program that helped him reach those lofty heights.

A 2020 Wisconsin graduate with a degree in mechanical engineering and a minor in mathematics, Stevens will continue his mechanical engineering studies towards a master's degree as a Badger.

After finishing his rowing eligibility, Stevens earned valuable experience during the 2019-20 school year, serving as a student-assistant coach by helping run practices, assisting the coaches and driving launches.

"Wisconsin men's rowing molded every aspect of my character and formed me into the man I am today," Stevens said. "I look forward to working with the staff to aid the program and help the novices our team is built upon."

In his senior rowing season in 2019, Stevens finished off his four-year development as bow seat in the varsity eight that took 16th at the IRA National Championships, while sitting seven seat for the crew at Eastern Sprints. He also rowed in the bow for UW's 2018 Head of the Charles eight entry in the fall.

As a junior, his second varsity eight took fifth in the IRA petite finals and second in the Eastern Sprints petite finals. His sophomore season in 2017 included ninth place at the IRA and fifth place at the Eastern Sprints in the third varsity eight. He placed fourth with the freshman eight racing in the fifth varsity eight at the 2016 IRAs and second at Eastern Sprints that same year.

Part of a military family and never living in one place more than three years before arriving at Wisconsin, Stevens will begin his sixth year living in Madison.

"Tyler was a walk on who really started at the bottom and worked his way into the varsity eight," UW head coach Chris Clark said. "He understands the process, likes to race and as an engineer is very analytical and always helpful to our staff."

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