April 22, 2016
COLUMBUS, Ohio – The No. 3-ranked Ohio State women's rowing team hosts No. 16 Syracuse and Michigan State Saturday morning at Griggs Reservoir on the Scioto River in the team’s regular-season finale prior to the Big Ten championships next month.
First on the water will be the Second Novice Eight boats at 11 a.m. ET. Races will be held in 20 minute intervals, ending with the Varsity Eights at 1 p.m.
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11 a.m. - 1:00 p.m. ET
First Varsity Eight Collects B1G Boat of the Week Honors
The Ohio State First Varsity Eight was named Big Ten Boat of the Week by the conference office Tuesday after finishing unbeaten at the Clemson Invitational this past weekend.
Engel, Riley, Ralph, Johnson, Jachthuber, Williams, Shields, Baker and coxswain Asad finished 3-0 in races and 17-0 overall over three sessions of competition Saturday and Sunday on Lake Hartwell in Clemson, S.C. In the process, the Buckeyes defeated No. 4 Virginia, No. 8 Texas, No. 14 Washington State, No. 19 Syracuse and No. 20 Louisville.
Ohio State opened the morning session on Saturday with a time of 6:37.5 to defeat runner-up UCLA by 11 seconds. In the second race of the day, a season-best time of 6:15.4 helped OSU defeat the Cavaliers by four seconds and the Longhorns by eight seconds.
On Sunday, the Buckeyes closed the trip with an eight-second victory over Washington State, sounding the horn in a time of 6:34.7.
Buckeyes Ranked No. 3 in CRCA/US Rowing Poll
Ohio State is No. 3 in the College Rowing Coaches Association (CRCA)/US Rowing Week 3 Top 20 poll, released April 20.
California claimed the No. 1 in the weekly poll for the first time this season with 21 first-place votes, followed by Brown (one vote), Ohio State (three votes), Virginia and Stanford.
CRCA/US Rowing Top 20
1. California (21 first-place votes)
2. California (1)
3. Ohio State (3)
13. Washington State
17. 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 106-1 overall - 35-1 in races - since the start of the 2014 season. The boat has won back-to-back NCAA and Big Ten titles and has a 44-4 record in races dating back to the start of the 2013 season. So far this season, OSU is 23-1 overall, 8-1 in races.
Last Time Out
Ohio State raced at the Clemson Invitational April 16-17 on Lake Hartwell in Clemson, S.C.
The Scarlet and Gray competed in 15 races over three sessions at the two-day regatta Saturday and Sunday, finishing first in nine contests and runner-up in two additional sprints. Ohio State's First Varsity Eight and Second Varsity Eight boats finished the weekend with unblemished 3-0 race records, respectively.
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: 6:15.4 (at Clemson Invitational, April 16)
2V8: 6:27.0 (at Clemson Invitational, April 16)
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: 7:00.6 (at Clemson Invitational, April 17)
Ohio State has three weeks off prior to the 2016 Big Ten Championships May 14-15 in Indianapolis.