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COLUMBUS, Ohio – The No. 4-ranked Ohio State women's rowing team travels to Clemson, S.C., this Saturday and Sunday, April 16-17, for the 20-team Clemson Invitational.
The event, now in its fourth season, has become one of the largest regattas in the Southeast. Nine teams currently ranked in the US Rowing/College Rowing Coaches Association (CRCA) Top 20 poll are expected to compete, including third-ranked Virginia, eighth-ranked Texas and 10th-ranked Michigan.
Saturday, April 16
Session 1: 8:30-10:30 a.m.
Session 2: 5:00-7:00 p.m.
Sunday, April 17
Session 3: 8:30-10:30 a.m.
Buckeyes Ranked No. 4 in CRCA/US Rowing Poll
Ohio State is No. 4 in the College Rowing Coaches Association (CRCA)/US Rowing Top 20 poll, released April 13.
Brown remains No. 1 in the weekly poll with 23 first-place votes, followed by California (two votes), Virginia, Ohio State and Yale.
CRCA/US Rowing Top 20
1. Brown (23 first-place votes)
2. California (2)
4. 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 89-1 overall - 32-1 in races - since the start of the 2014 season. The boat has won back-to-back NCAA and Big Ten titles and has a 41-4 record in races dating back to the start of the 2013 season.
Last Time Out
Ohio State won seven races against Big Ten rivals Michigan and Michigan State April 9 at the Big Ten Double Dual on Lake Carnegie in Princeton, N.J.
Ohio State finished the first session of the day 3-2 in races against the 10th-ranked Wolverines and concluded the afternoon 4-1 vs. the Spartans.
The Buckeyes' 1V8, 1V4 and 2V4 finished the meet unbeaten. Ohio State’s Varsity Eight earned an eight-second win over Michigan and defeated MSU by 23 seconds in an open-water victory.
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: 7:24.7 (vs. Michigan, April 9)
Ohio State hosts No. 20 Syracuse and Michigan State on Griggs Reservoir April 23.