COLUMBUS, Ohio – The third-ranked Ohio State women’s rowing team returns to Lake Carnegie in Princeton, N.J., this Saturday, April 9, for a Big Ten Double Dual with 10th-ranked Michigan and Michigan State. Rutgers will also race at the regatta but will not go head-to-head with the Buckeyes.
Racing between the Buckeyes and Wolverines begins at 8:20 a.m. ET, followed by OSU-MSU at 12:20. A complete recap will be available at the end of the day at OhioStateBuckeyes.com.
First Varsity Eight Named Big Ten Boat of the Week
The Ohio State First Varsity Eight was named Big Ten Boat of the Week by the conference office Tuesday after posting wins against No. 4 Virginia and Clemson last Saturday.
In the first race of the day, Rachel Engel, Alice Riley, Anna Ralph, Cassandra Johnson, Annie Jachthuber, Stephanie Williams, Catherine Shields, Sarah Davis and coxswain Sarah Asad earned a commanding open water victory over Clemson, crossing the finish line 23 seconds ahead of the Tigers in a season-best time of 6:23.9.
The wind picked up in the second session as the Buckeyes and Virginia went head-to-head, with the Buckeyes claiming victory in a time of 6:30.2, a comfortable distance ahead of the fourth-ranked Cavaliers (6:35.0).
Buckeyes Ranked No. 3 in CRCA/US Rowing Poll
Ohio State is tied for No. 3 with Virginia in the College Rowing Coaches Association (CRCA)/US Rowing Week 3 Top 20 poll, released April 6.
Brown maintained its No. 1 ranking with 23 first-place votes. California is ranked No. 2 with two first-place votes, followed by the Buckeyes/Cavaliers and No. 5 Yale.
CRCA/US Rowing Week 3 Top 20
1. Brown (23 first-place votes)
2. California (2)
T-3. Ohio State
14. Washington State
18. 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 87-1 overall - 30-1 in races - since the start of the 2014 season. The boat has won back-to-back NCAA and Big Ten titles and has a 39-4 record in races dating back to the start of the 2013 season.
Last Time Out
Ohio State earned wins in six races against No. 4 Virginia and Clemson April 2 at Griggs Reservoir.
Due to the threat of strong winds later in the day, teams were on the water and ready to race at dawn. The early start on the Scioto River did little to deter the Buckeyes, as the Scarlet and Gray won four of five races against Clemson and a combined Third Varsity Four contest in the first of two sessions.
The wind picked up in the second session as the Buckeyes and Cavaliers went head-to-head. The premier race, the First Varsity Eight, was won by Ohio State in a time of 6:30.2, a comfortable distance ahead of Virginia (6:35.0).
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: 6:23.9 (vs. Clemson, April 2)
2V8: 6:33.1 (vs. Clemson, April 2)
1V4: 7:16.2 (vs. Clemson, April 2)
2V4: 7:24.9 (vs. Clemson, April 2)
3V4: 7:26.1 (vs. Clemson, April 2)
1N8: 7:27.5 (vs. Clemson, April 2)
Ohio State travels to Clemson, S.C., next weekend, April 16-17, for the Clemson Invitational.