No. 10 Buckeyes Head to Indianapolis for Big Ten Championships

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COLUMBUS Ohio—The No. 10 Ohio State rowing team will aim for its third Big Ten championship Sunday at Eagle Creek Park in Indianapolis, Ind. The championships will be held at a neutral site this year and races will begin at 9 a.m. 
In addition to the Buckeyes, the Big Ten contingent includes Indiana, Iowa, No. 16 Michigan, No. 8 Michigan State, Minnesota and No. 13 Wisconsin.
Seedings All six Ohio State boats earned Top 5 seeds at the Big Ten championships. Of note are the three No. 1 seeds for the First Varsity Eight and First and Second Varsity Fours.
Boat – Seed 1V8 – No. 1 seed 2V8 – No. 4 seed 1V4 – No. 1 seed 2V4 – No. 1 seed 1N8 – No. 3 seed 2N8 – No. 5 seed
Did You Know – Eagle Creek Park Eagle Creek Park is the fourth-largest city park in the nation. The park consists of 3,900 acres of wooded terrain and meadows, as well as 1,300 acres of water. For directions to the park, visit 
The Logistics Racing Schedule
Second Novice Eight 9 a.m.
First Novice Eight 9:20 a.m.
Second Varsity Four 9:40 a.m.
First Varsity Four 10 a.m.
Second Varsity Eight 10:20 a.m.
First Varsity Eight 10:40 a.m.
Awards Presentation noon

Results Race results will be posted on, the official web site of the Big Ten Conference. 
Tickets Admission to the 2011 Big Ten Rowing Championships is free. However, there is a $5 car fee for entrance into the park. 
Scoring The Big Ten conference champion will be determined by the following points system: 
Race Place 1 2 3 4 5 6 7
First Varsity Eight   63 54 45 36 27 18 9
Second Varsity Eight   42 36 30 24 18 12 6
First Varsity Four   21 18 15 12 9 6 3
Second Varsity Four   14 12 10 8 6 4 2
First Novice Eight   14 12 10 8 6 4 2
Second Novice Eight   7 6 5 4 3 2 1

If there is a tie in points for the conference team championship, the conference champion will be determined based on which team’s 1V8 finished higher.
TV Time The 2011 Big Ten Rowing Championships will air on tape delay on the Big Ten Network at noon May 28. Log on to for updated television schedule information. 
Buckeye Snapshot During the regular season, Ohio State won 32 of 54 races outright for a .593 winning percentage. The First Varsity Four owns the best team record at 15-2. Not far behind is the Second Varsity Four with a 14-3 mark. 
*2011 Boat Records First Varsity Eight: 9-6 Second Varsity Eight: 10-5 First Varsity Four: 15-2 Second Varsity Four: 14-3 First Novice Eight: 5-4 Second Novice Eight: 3-12 **Third Varsity Eight: 0-2 *For non-dual races, a team is credited with a win if they finish second **A Third Varsity Eight race was contested during the East Coast trip to Derby, Conn., and Boston, Mass. 
In the Rankings With 227 points, Ohio State is ranked 10th in the May CRCA/USRowing Coaches Poll. 
Only Michigan State (No. 8) has a higher ranking than the Buckeyes among Big Ten Conference programs. 
Athletes Helping Athletes The Buckeyes, led by First Varsity Eight coxswain Erika Benford, helped jump start the “Team Meghan” initiative. “Team Meghan” was formed to assist 2009 and 2010 Buckeye synchronized swimming letterwinner Meghan Kinney in her fight against Osteosarcoma, a form of bone cancer.
Through the sale of teal “Team Meghan” wristbands, both the rowing and synchronized swimming teams, in addition to the assistance of other Buckeye teams, helped raise money to help the Kinney family off-set the costs of treatment.
In other community service projects, the rowing team also hosted its annual Girl Scout rowing day, as well as participated in the Making Strides against Breast Cancer of Columbus walk. The Buckeyes raised $3,441 for the walk which was the third-highest total among Columbus participants.
Leadership In place of the customary naming of team captains, the Buckeyes created a Leadership Group. The 2011 representatives are seniors Erika Benford, Caroline McPherson, Jill Mohr, junior Emily Walsh and sophomore Allison Elber.  
A Look Back The Scarlet and Gray tallied 108 points in the 2010 Big Ten Championships which was good enough fourth place. The Second Novice Eight took home the highest placing for the Buckeyes with a second place finish in the Grand Final with a time of 6:59.21. 
The First Varsity Eight and the Second Varsity Eight each placed third in their respective Grand Finals. The 1V8 came in with a time of 6:22.64. The 2V8 finished in 6:29.82. 
The First Varsity Four timed in at 7:30.83 to claim fourth in the Grand Final.
The Second Varsity Four and the First Novice Eight each won their petite final taking fifth overall. The 2V4 finished with a time of 7:36.40 while the 1N8 clocked in at 6:59.26.
Following the competition three Buckeyes received All-Conference awards. Charlott Goldstein was named First Team all-conference while Sara Wallace and Claudia Herpertz earned second-team acknowledgements. 
A Place to Call Home Ohio State welcomed the opening of the new Griggs Reservoir Boathouse this season. The infrastructure provides: • 80-person and 1,100 square-foot team room for team meetings and reviewing racing footage  • A two-story gallery that runs down the middle of the main hall  • 1,500 square-foot multipurpose room  • Conference-room space  • Workout space  • 80 locker-rooms  • Coaches’ offices  • Equipment room  • First-aid room  • Balcony overlooking the park  • Boat storage and dedicated boat repair shop for Ohio State, the Greater Columbus Rowing Association and Parks and Recreation  • Overall increased storage 
NCAA Selection Show The Buckeyes will look to compete in their 12th-consecutive NCAA championships. The selection show for the 16-team field will be held at 5 p.m. May 17. 
The 2011 NCAA Championships are May 27-29 on Lake Natoma in Gold River, Calif.