May 16, 2014
COLUMBUS, Ohio – The No. 2 Ohio State women’s rowing team opens the postseason this weekend, traveling to Eagle Creek Park in Indianapolis, Ind., for the 2014 Big Ten Championships Sunday, May 18 at 9 a.m. ET. The Buckeyes, defending national and conference champions, look to claim their fifth conference title overall and their third program title in the last four years.
SETTING THE SCENE
Hosted by the Indianapolis Rowing Center for the fourth consecutive year, the 2014 Big Ten Championships are scheduled to begin Sunday at 9 a.m. ET as a seven-lane finals-only regatta with the winner of the team event named the conference champion.
Ohio State claimed the 2013 Big Ten Rowing Championship in record fashion, earning a championship record 160 points after placing first in five of seven events. The title marked the fourth conference title in program history for the Buckeyes, and their second in three years as they previously claimed the title in 2011.
Michigan leads the conference with five championships, while Ohio State has captured four, Michigan State has won three and Minnesota and Wisconsin have each claimed one.
Admission to the 2014 Big Ten Rowing Championships is free; however, there is a $6 fee per car to gain entry to the park.
For live updates throughout the morning, follow Ohio State rowing on twitter (@OhioState_WROW). Updates can also be found at www.bigten.org and @BigTenChamps on twitter. Additional information can be found at the Indianapolis Rowing Center website at http://indyrowing.org/.
The Big Ten Network will televise the 2014 Big Ten Rowing Championships on tape delay at 1 p.m. ET Sunday, May 25. Dean Linke will serve as the color commentator while Kate Burdick will handle play-by-play duties.
9 a.m. II Novice Eights
9:20 a.m. I Novice Eights
9:40 a.m. III Varsity Fours
10 a.m. II Varsity Fours
10:20 a.m. I Varsity Fours
10:40 a.m. II Varsity Eights
11 a.m. I Varsity Eights
Noon Awards Presentation
1 2 3 4 5 6 7
I Varsity Eight 63 54 45 36 27 18 9
II Varsity Eight 42 36 30 24 18 12 6
I Varsity Four 21 18 15 12 9 6 3
II Varsity Four 14 12 10 8 6 4 2
I Novice Eight 14 12 10 8 6 4 2
II Novice Eight 7 6 5 4 3 2 1
III Varsity Four 7 6 5 4 3 2 1
Ohio State boasts three top-seeded boats this weekend as the First Varsity Eight, Second Varsity Eight, and Second Varsity Four claimed No. 1 seeds. The First and Third Varsity Four crews claimed No. 2 seeds, while both the First and Second Novice Eights earned No. 4 seeds.
Coxswain: Victoria Lazur
Coxswain: Alex Sawatzki
Coxswain: Sarah Asad
Coxswain: Sami Jurofsky
Coxswain: Megan Mahoney
Coxswain: Danielle Figliuolo
Kelly Anne Baird
Coxswain: Danielle Macklin
DEFENDING B1G CHAMPIONS
The Buckeyes captured their fourth Big Ten Championship in 2013, compiling a championship record 160 points in the process. Five Ohio State crews claimed gold medals at the regatta as the first varsity eight, second varsity eight, first varsity four, third varsity four and first novice eight all tallied first-place finishes.
Five Buckeyes earned All-Big Ten honors at the conclusion of the championships, as seniors Claire-Louise Bode and Eelkje Miedema as well as former Buckeye Allison Elber were named First Team All-Big Ten and former Buckeye Cori Meinert and sophomore Holly Norton were named Second Team All-Big Ten. Junior Chloe Meyer was named the Ohio State Sportsmanship Award honoree.
Ohio State collected three Big Ten honors at the conclusion of the 2013 Big Ten Championships, as head coach Andy Teitelbaum was named Big Ten Coach of the Year, Claire-Louise Bode was named Big Ten Athlete of the Year and Catherine Shields claimed Big Ten Freshman of the Year honors.
The award marked the fourth Coach of the Year laurel for Teitelbaum and his second in three years. A native of Plainview, N.Y., Teitelbaum previously earned the honor in 2002, 2006 and 2011.
Bode, a native of Johannesburg, South Africa, became the third Buckeye to be named Athlete of the Year and the first since Ninett Kossowsky in 2006 while Shields, a native of Rangiora, New Zealand, became the third Buckeye to be named Freshman of the Year and the first since Annabelle Fago in 2004.
BUCKEYES AT THE BIG TEN CHAMPIONSHIPS
Prior to the 2013 season, the Buckeyes also won the conference championship in 2011 (142 points), 2006 (130 points) and 2002 (138 points). In all, the Buckeyes have earned 13 Top 3 finishes at the conference championships and have never finished below fourth place.
LAST TIME OUT
Ohio State closed the regular season Saturday, May 3 with eight wins at Belleville Lake in Ann Arbor, Mich., collecting four wins each against No. 17 Louisville and Michigan State.
The first varsity eight remained undefeated on the season after collecting its seventh and eighth wins over the Spartans and Cardinals, respectively. The crew posted a time of 6:38.56 in the morning session to defeat Michigan State (6:44.58) by nearly six seconds, and a time of 6:54.95 in the second morning session to defeat Louisville (7:09.46) by just under 15 seconds.
The second varsity eight also collected two wins as the crew earned its sixth win of the season over Michigan State, clocking in at 6:43.77 to finish 15.36 seconds ahead of the Spartans, who finished the race in 6:59.13. The boat earned its seventh win after sounding the horn in 7:08.87 to defeat the Cardinals (7:26.50) by just under 18 seconds.
The first and second varsity fours continued the Buckeye winning streak, picking up wins in both morning sessions. Ohio State’s 1V4 picked up its fourth win of the season in a time of 7:33.40, nearly seven seconds ahead of the Spartans who finished second after crossing the line in 7:40.34, and its fifth win after defeating Louisville (8:21.66) by over 22 seconds with a time of 7:59.08.
The 2V4 sounded the horn in 7:40.40, nearly 20 seconds faster than Michigan State in the first morning session, earning its second win of the day after closing its race against Louisville in 8:12.93, over 33 seconds ahead of the Cardinals (8:46.76).
IN THE RANKINGS
Ohio State currently ranks No. 2 in the most recent CRCA/USRowing Coaches Poll, receiving eight first-place votes. With their second-place ranking, the Buckeyes have ranked within the Top 3 since April 24, 2013 and within the Top 5 since April 2, 2013.
The Buckeyes are currently the highest ranked Big Ten team followed by No. 9 Michigan, No. 13 Indiana, No. 16 Wisconsin and No. 20 Michigan State. Iowa is also in the mix, having received votes (2) toward the rankings.
All 10 of the opponents the Buckeyes faced throughout the 2014 regular season campaign are either currently ranked within the Top 20 of the CRCA/USRowing Coaches Poll, or are receiving votes toward the rankings. Ohio State has posted a combined 32 wins over these opponents.
The Buckeye first varsity eight finished the 2014 regular season with a perfect 8-0 record, the third consecutive season Ohio State has had at least one crew close the regular season without a loss.
2012 – Second Varsity Eight (9-0)
2013 – Second Varsity Eight (8-0)
2014 – First Varsity Eight (8-0)
SECOND VARSITY EIGHT STREAK
The Buckeye second varsity eight finished the 2014 regular season with a 7-1 record, bringing its record in regular season competition to 24-1 since March 24, 2012.
Earlier this season, the second varsity eight fell to No. 11 Stanford in the afternoon session at the Oregon State Classic, snapping its two-year regular season undefeated streak. Prior to that loss, the crew had not dropped a regular season race since April 23, 2011.
Before falling to the Cardinal, the crew went undefeated during the 2012 campaign (9-0) and the 2013 campaign (8-0), also claiming its first race of the 2014 season against No. 9 Michigan to compile an 18-0 record in regular season competition dating back to March 24, 2012.
B1G BOAT OF THE WEEK
For the second consecutive season, the Buckeyes won three Big Ten Boat of the Week Awards during the regular season. The second varsity eight earned the first award while the first varsity eight collected the last two.
2014 Boats of the Week
March 18: Wisconsin First Varsity Eight
March 25: Iowa Second Varsity Four
April 1: Ohio State Second Varsity Eight
April 8: Ohio State First Varsity Eight
April 15: Michigan First Varsity Eight
April 22: Ohio State First Varsity Eight
April 29: Indiana First Varsity Four
May 6: Wisconsin First Varsity Eight
2014 BOAT RECORDS
First Varsity Eight: 8-0
Second Varsity Eight: 7-1
First Varsity Four: 5-3
Second Varsity Four: 7-1
Third Varsity Four: 2-4
First Novice Eight: 2-4
Second Novice Eight: 1-5
In April, Buckeye rowing placed 40 student-athletes on the Ohio State Scholar-Athlete list while former Buckeye Allison Elber became the first Buckeye rower to be awarded the Big Ten Medal of Honor. Elber, a member of the 2013 National Championship team, will be attending graduate school at the University of Denver to study sport and performance psychology.
The field for the 2014 NCAA Division I Rowing Championships will be announced Tuesday, May 20 at 5 p.m. ET during the selection show streamed live at NCAA.com.
Ohio State returns to Indianapolis, Ind., for the 2014 NCAA Championships held May 30-June 1 at Eagle Creek Park.