Tess Thompson

Player profile

  • Year Senior
  • Hometown Naperville, Illinois
  • High School Metea Valley High School
  • Height 6-0
  • Major Human Development and Family Science (HDFS) and Sport Industry

Academic Accolades 

  • Big Ten Distinguished Scholar (2021, 2022)
  • Ohio State Scholar Athlete (2021, 2022)
  • Academic All-Big Ten (2021, 2022)

2022 (Junior 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 six 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
  • Rowed in two races for the 2V4 boat that finished 4-6
  • Rowed in seven races for the 2v8 boat that finished 5-9 on the year

2021 (Sophomore Season)

  • Helped the Buckeyes to a No. 2 finish in the Big Ten and to the No. 6 spot in the NCAA Championships
  • Competed in all eight 1N8 races … the Buckeye 1N8 finished the year with a 3-5 record


  • Daughter of Mark and Susan Thompson
  • Has one sibling, Davis
  • Lettered in basketball three times … also played soccer
  • Captain in basketball (2018-19)
  • All DuPage Valley Conference twice in basketball
  • Plans to attend graduate school at Ohio State
  • Enjoys spending time with family and friends, music, playing Sudoku, trying new restaurants and baking
  • Will complete her goal of attending at least one event for all 36 sports at Ohio State
  • New goal is trying a new local restaurant in Columbus every week of senior year
  • Winning the 2022 Big Ten Championships is biggest sports thrill to date
  • Mother Susan, was a collegiate All-America swimmer at UCLA and a two-time Olympic Trial competitor
  • Father Mark has completed 13 marathons