Maria Kyridou

Player profile

  • Year Sophomore
  • Hometown Thessaloniki, Greece
  • Height 5-9
  • High School Basiliadis School
  • Major Criminology

Career Honors

  • Pocock Racing Shells Second Team All-America (2022)
  • First Team All-Big Ten (2022)
  • Big Ten Freshman of the Year (2022)
  • Ohio State Scholar Athlete (2022)

2022 (Freshman Season)

  • Rowed for the 1V8 that finished seventh at the 2022 NCAA Championships to help the Buckeyes to an eighth-place finish as a team
  • Won the 2022 1V8 Big Ten Championship race, which helped the Buckeyes win the 2022 Big Ten Conference Team Title
  • Rowed in 10 races for the 1V8 boat that finished 6-7 on the year
  • Rowed in all three races at the 2022 NCAA Championships to help the 1V8 to a seventh-place finish nationally
  • Helped the 1V8 to a first-place finish at the 2022 Big Ten Championships


  • Daughter of Christina Koursari
  • Has two siblings, Anneta and Dimitris
  • Rowed for the National Club of Thessaloniki
  • Greatest thrill in sports to date was rowing in the semifinals of the 2021 Olympic Games (for Greece) and at the 750 meter mark feeling stronger than ever when closing in on other crews and at the finish line seeing that we came in first to move on to the Final A…the emotions were unbelievable as all my efforts paid off