COLUMBUS, Ohio – Ohio State women’s rowing received two First Team All-America honors, the Collegiate Rowing Coaches Association (CRCA) announced on Tuesday. Senior Rachel Engel garnered the first honors of her career while Kruse earns the accolade for the second consecutive year.
Both Engel and Kruse were members of the First Varsity Eight, leading the Ohio State rowing team to its sixth consecutive Big Ten Championship and a sixth-place finish at the NCAA Championships. The 1V8 qualified for the Grand Final at NCAA Championships, coming in sixth and ending the season with a 38-9 overall record and a 9-4 ledger in races.
The pair earned First Team All-Big Ten accolades after winning the First Varsity Eight title with a time of 6:20.948, going into the NCAA Championships with an impressive 31-1, 9-1 record. The 1V8 completed a sweep of all seven races at the Big Ten Championships, marking the first time a school has done so since the adoption of the current event format in 2013.
Engel, a native of Glen Iris, Australia, finishes off a spectacular career as a two-time NCAA Champion and four-time Big Ten Champion. While Engel started off her career with the Second Varsity Eight, she spent most of her time racing with the First Varsity Eight. Engel is also a CRCA National Scholar-Athlete, Ohio State Scholar-Athlete and Academic All-Big Ten honoree.
Kruse, from Munster, Germany, is a three-time Big Ten Champion entering her senior season, who began her career with the Second Varsity Eight but has raced with the First Varsity Eight in the past two seasons. Kruse was the 2017 Big Ten Rowing Athlete of the Year. Representing Germany, Kruse recently led the Fours to a fourth-place finish at 2018 World Rowing Cup II.