Women's Rowing

Meghan Birkbeck
Class:
Graduated

Hometown:
Absecon, N.J.

High School:
Holy Spirit

Height:
6-2

Meghan Birkbeck

2013 (Junior Season): Rowed as a member of the First Varsity Eight in all but one race of the season ... earned Big Ten Boat of the Week honors (April 9) ... opened the season with a win (6:51.4) over No. 3 Princeton and No. 13 Brown in the Second Varsity Eight at Carnegie Lake, N.J. on March 30 ... claimed two wins at the OSU Invitational April 6 at Griggs Reservoir; the first over Tennessee (6:52.7-7:23.7) and the second over No. 13 Notre Dame (7:09.28-7:21.26) ... captured a first-place finish (7:33.9) at the Big Ten Duals April 13 in Ann Arbor, Mich., over No. 13 Michigan, Michigan State and Indiana ... opened the Clemson Invitational at Lake Hartwell in Clemson, S.C. with a second-place finish to No. 3 Virginia (6:24.1-6:27.0) ... followed that performance with a pair of wins; the first in the second session (6:14.8) over Clemson, Miami (Fla.), Penn, Texas and Central Florida and the second (6:40.1) over UCLA, Minnesota, Oregon State, Texas and Central Florida ... defeated No. 8 Harvard-Radcliffe (6:53.29 -6:56.98) May 4 at Griggs Reservoir ... placed first at the 2013 Big Ten Championships at Eagle Creek Park in Indianapolis, Ind. with a time of 6:29.46, helping to capture the Buckeyes' fourth Big Ten Championship ... placed third at the 2013 NCAA Championships (6:23.19) at Eagle Creek Park in Indianapolis, Ind. clinching the program's first national team title.

2012 (Sophomore Season):Started the season as a member of the Varsity Four, defeating Notre Dame (7:25.60-7:49.13) at Griggs Reservoir in Columbus on March 24 ... raced the remainder of the season as a member of the Second Varsity Eight, defeating No. 7 Yale and No. 11 Michigan State at Griggs Reservoir on March 31 with times of 6:25.25 and 6:29.10, respectively ... earned a pair of wins over Wisconsin (6:57.40-7:09.1) and Minnesota (6:59.60-7:11.1) on April 7 in Bloomington, Ind. ... crossed the line in 6:48.20 to capture a win against Oklahoma on April 14 in the morning session at Griggs Reservoir ... followed that performance with wins over Oregon State and Tennessee in the afternoon session with a time of 7:00.40 ... placed first against No. 14 Harvard and No. 19 Clemson in 6:49.20 at Griggs Reservoir on April 28 ... placed second at the Big Ten Championships with a time of 6:32.025 (May 13) ... placed second (6:38.94) at the NCAA Championships (May 25-27), matching the crew's previous best NCAA performance (2008) ... Big Ten Boat of the Week (May 1).

(Freshman Season): Did not compete for the Buckeyes.

Prior to Ohio State: Three-year letterwinner for Holy Spirit crew team (2006-10) ... team was Atlantic County and New Jersey State Champions during sophomore campaign ... three-year letterwinner for swim team which also won state championship.

Personal: Daughter of Carl and Patricia ... has one sibling, Jennifer ... lists winning state championship in rowing as greatest sports thrill ... enjoys swimming, dancing and karaoke in free time ... would like to be an elementary school teacher.

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