COLUMBUS, Ohio - The third-ranked Ohio State women's rowing team opens its 2016 home schedule this Saturday, April 2, against No. 4 Virginia and Clemson on the Scioto River at Griggs Reservoir. No. 7 Michigan and Michigan State will also be attendance for races.
Due to strong winds in the afternoon forecast, racing will begin at approximately 7:15 a.m. ET with the First Varsity Eight and be run in reverse. Ohio State will race Clemson in the first session and Virginia in the second session, which begins at 9:30 a.m.
Boats travel north to south on the Scioto. The finish line, where most spectators gather to watch the event, is located off of Riverside Dr., just north of Fishinger Rd. Parking is available for fans.
A live stream of Ohio State's events will be featured at the link above.
Ohio State Lineups
Sarah Asad (coxswain)
Kylie Soltis (coxswain)
Maggie Creely (coxswain)
Amanda Dues (coxswain)
2V4 Named B1G Boat of the Week
The Ohio State Second Varsity Four was named Big Ten Boat of the Week Tuesday by the conference office. The Buckeyes finished with a perfect 2-0 race record in the season opener against No. 3 Brown, No. 6 Yale and No. 11 Princeton in Princeton, N.J., March 26.
Coxswain Jaz Fonseca-Folden, Kaylee Koker, Ashley Saba, Hannah Hites and Emily Caudle defeated boats from Brown and Princeton, along with the OSU Third Varsity Four, with a time of 8:06.0 in the morning session before improving their time to 7:25.2 in the afternoon session to defeat Yale.
Buckeyes Ranked No. 3 in CRCA/US Rowing Poll
Ohio State is No. 3 in the College Rowing Coaches Association (CRCA)/US Rowing Week 2 Top 20 poll, released March 29.
Brown moved up to No. 1 following its impressive showing against the Buckeyes in the season opener last Saturday. California is ranked No. 2 with three first-place votes, followed by the Buckeyes, No. 4 Virginia (two votes) and No. 5 Yale.
CRCA/US Rowing Week 2 Top 20
1. Brown (20 first-place votes)
2. California (5)
3. Ohio State
11. Washington State
16. Notre Dame
Shields Wins B1G Medal of Honor
Catherine Shields, a senior from Rangiora, New Zealand, was named Ohio State's female recipient of the prestigious Big Ten Medal of Honor at the OSU Scholar-Athlete Dinner March 29.
The conference's most exclusive award was the first of its kind in intercollegiate athletics to recognize academic and athletic excellence. The Big Ten Medal of Honor was first awarded in 1915 to one student-athlete from the graduating class of each university who had "attained the greatest proficiency in athletics and scholastic work." Big Ten schools currently feature almost 9,500 student-athletes, but only 28 earn this prestigious award on an annual basis. In the 100 years of the Medal of Honor, almost 1,400 student-athletes have earned this distinction.
Shields has won three NCAA event titles and three Big Ten event titles in addition to helping the Buckeyes to three consecutive NCAA and Big Ten team championships. Along the way, Shields has been named Ohio State Female Athlete of the Year, Big Ten Rower of the Year, First Team All-America and All-Big Ten. An air transportation major, she is a three-time Ohio State Scholar-Athlete and an Academic All-Big Ten selection.
"I'm ecstatic to have received this honor," Shields said after her win. "To even know that I was a finalist was amazing, and then to receive it is beyond what I thought it could be. Over the past four years at the scholar athlete banquet I've seen the finalists and recipients, so to be amongst the caliber of student-athletes who have won is just amazing."
The Ohio State First Varsity Eight is 85-1 overall - 28-1 in races - since the start of the 2014 season. The boat has won back-to-back NCAA and Big Ten titles and has a 37-4 record in races dating back to the start of the 2013 season.
Last Time Out
Ohio State opened the 2016 season against Brown, Yale and Princeton on Lake Carnegie in Princeton, N.J., March 26.
The Buckeyes finished the day 4-0 against the Tigers, 3-2 versus the Bulldogs and 1-3 against the defending Ivy League champion and now top-ranked Bears.
In the morning session against Princeton and Yale, the Buckeyes' Second Varsity Four secured the lone first-place race finish for OSU, using a time of 8:06.0 to win the five-boat combined B/C final.
In the premier race of the first session, Brown edged the two-time defending national champion First Varsity Eight by half a length at the finish line (6:35.4-6:38.0). The loss snapped Ohio State's 27-race unbeaten streak dating back to the start of the 2014 season.
The afternoon session featured Ohio State victories in three of the five races against Yale.
The Buckeye 1V8 was victorious by four seconds (6:34.1-6:38.0), while the 2V4 and 3V4 also claimed wins over the Bulldogs.
2016 Boat-by-Boat Record
*Note: First record listed is determined by placement in final standings of races. Second record is strictly win/loss record by race.
2016 Season-Best Times
1V8: 6:34.1 (vs. Yale, March 26)
2V8: 6:41.2 (vs. Yale, March 26)
1V4: 7:22.8 (vs. Yale, March 26)
2V4: 7:25.5 (vs. Yale, March 26)
3V4: 7:46.5 (vs. Yale, March 26)
Ohio State faces off with Michigan and Michigan State in Princeton, N.J., April 9.