November 29, 2022

Title IX: Shields Excels Individually During Ohio State Title Run


COLUMBUS, Ohio –As a program, the Ohio State Rowing team has enjoyed incredible success since it began competing during the 1995-96 season. Along the way there have been many individual Buckeyes who have helped the program prosper and excel. Catherine Shields may be the most decorated athlete in Ohio State’s history on the water.

Shields was part of all three Ohio State National Championships from 2013-15, a feat no other team has managed to match since the first NCAA Championship in 1997.

The Buckeyes racked up their fourth-consecutive Big Ten title in 2016, setting a conference record for most titles in a row. Titles from the 1V8, 2V8, 1V4 and 3V4 boats propelled the Buckeyes to a resounding victory that year at the conference championships with Shields being named the Big Ten and Ohio State Athlete of the Year for the 2015-16 calendar year.

During Ohio State’s run of team success during her time as a Buckeye, Shields put together an impressive resume of individual honors, awards and recognitions both as an athlete and student.

A four-year letterwinner (2013-16), Shields was named an Ohio State Scholar Athlete four times, an Academic All-Big Ten selection (twice) and a member of the Collegiate Coaches Rowing Association National Scholar Athlete list as a senior in 2016.

The Big Ten named Shields its Freshman of the Year in 2013 and the Big Ten Rowing Athlete of the Year, twice (2014, 2016). She is the only Buckeye to earn that honor on multiple occasions.

Additionally, Shields was named First Team All-Big Ten three times (2014-16) to become just the second Ohio State rower to be so recognized (Conny Kirsch, 2000-02).

The conference honors also mirrored her three CRCA First Team Pocock All-America team accomplishments (2014-16).

At Ohio State, the team and individual awards helped Shields earn the Ohio State Female Athlete of the Year honor in both 2014 and 2016. She is the only rower to earn the award twice.