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COLUMBUS, Ohio – The No. 3-ranked Ohio State women's rowing team begins postseason competition this Saturday and Sunday, May 14-15, at the 2016 Big Ten Rowing Championships in Indianapolis. The Buckeyes, three-time defending national and conference champions, look to claim a record seventh conference title overall.
Winners of four of the last five Big Ten championships, the Buckeyes own the top seed in the First Varsity Eight and Third Varsity Four and the No. 2 seed in the Second Varsity Eight, First Varsity Four and Second Varsity Four. Ohio State will not feature a boat in the Second Novice Eight contest.
Hosted by the Indianapolis Rowing Center at Eagle Creek Park for the sixth-consecutive year, the 2016 Big Ten Championships are scheduled to begin with preliminary heats Saturday at 5 p.m. ET, followed by grand and petite finals Sunday at 9 a.m. ET.
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For updates throughout the weekend, follow Ohio State rowing on Twitter (@OhioState_WROW). Updates can also be found at www.bigten.org and @BigTenChamps on Twitter. Live results are available at the above link.
Buckeyes at the Big Ten Championships
Ohio State has won six conference titles all-time, the most in Big Ten history. Along with titles the past three seasons, the Buckeyes also won the conference crown in 2011, 2006 and 2002. OSU has earned 14 Top-3 finishes at the conference championships and has never finished below fourth place.
2015 Big Ten Championship Recap
No. 1 Ohio State won its third consecutive Big Ten title at the 2015 Big Ten Rowing Championships last May. The Buckeyes won six of seven finals on their way to a championship-record 186 points.
With its dominating victory, Ohio State became the first team in conference history to win three consecutive Big Ten titles.
Five Buckeyes earned All-Big Ten honors at the conclusion of the championships. Shields, Ashley Bauer, and Holly Norton were named First Team All-Big Ten, while Davis and Aina Cid Centelles were named Second Team All-Big Ten. Ralph earned the Ohio State Sportsmanship Award.
Ohio State would go on to sweep the year-end Big Ten awards, with Bauer earning Rower of the Year honors, Davis receiving Freshman of the Year accolades and Teitelbaum being named Coach of the Year by his peers.
Buckeyes Ranked No. 3 in CRCA/US Rowing Poll
Ohio State is ranked No. 3 in the College Rowing Coaches Association (CRCA)/US Rowing Week 8 Top 20 poll, released May 11.
Brown is the No. 1 team in the country entering championship season with eight first-place votes and 452 total votes. California is ranked No. 2 with 12 first-place votes and 450 total votes, followed by the Buckeyes, Washington and Virginia.
CRCA/US Rowing Week 8 Top 20
1. Brown (8)
2. California (12)
3. Ohio State (4)
4. Washington (1)
13. Washington State
15. Notre Dame
First Varsity Eight Named Big Ten Boat of the Week for a Third Time
The Ohio State First Varsity Eight was named Big Ten Boat of the Week by the conference office for the third time this season after defeating No. 16 Syracuse and Michigan State at April 23 at Griggs Reservoir in the team's regular-season finale.
Engel, Riley, Ralph, Johnson, Jachthuber, Williams, Shields, Davis and Asad turned in a season-best time of 6:11.5 to beat the Orange by six seconds and the Spartans by nearly 14 seconds. The win stretched the Buckeyes' unbeaten streak to nine races.
The Ohio State First Varsity Eight is 108-1 overall - 36-1 in races - since the start of the 2014 season. The boat has won back-to-back NCAA and Big Ten titles and has a 45-4 record in races dating back to the start of the 2013 season. So far this season, OSU is 25-1 overall, 9-1 in races.
Buckeyes Receive Degrees at Spring Commencement
Ten current and former Buckeye rowers received degrees from The Ohio State University at spring commencement May 7 at Ohio Stadium:
• Kelsey Albrinck, Anthropology
• Sarah Asad, Public Health
• Allyson Baker, Health Sciences
• Ashley Bauer, International Studies
• Nicki Becks, Early Childhood Education
• Katelyn Carson, Communication
• Maggie Creely, Psychology
• Holly Norton, Psychology
• Catherine Shields, Air Transportation
• Julia Vari, Sport Industry
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."
Last Time Out
Ohio State hosted No. 16 Syracuse and Michigan State in the team's final regular-season finale April 23 at Griggs Reservoir on the Scioto River.
The Buckeyes competed in six races against the Orange and Spartans, winning each of the four varsity contests with season-best times.
After dropping the novice races, the rest of the regatta was dominated by the Buckeyes, beginning with the combined Second/Third Varsity Four contest. Ohio State's 2V4 scored a first-place time of 6:58.1, besting the 3V4 squad (7:07.4) by almost 10 seconds. Syracuse finished just behind the Buckeye 3V4, with Michigan State finishing more than 40 seconds behind.
In the First Varsity Four race, Ohio State bested Syracuse by eight seconds, sounding the horn in a time of 7:07.9.
Ohio State posted impressive times in the Varsity Eight races for the second week in a row. The Buckeye 2V8 won its fifth race in a row with a time of 6:18.5, 13 seconds faster than Syracuse. The First Varsity Eight was tested by the Orange but emerged victorious by six seconds in a time of 6:11.5, extending its unbeaten streak to nine races.
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: 6:11.5 (vs. Syracuse/Michigan State, April 23)
2V8: 6:18.5 (vs. Syracuse/Michigan State, April 23)
1V4: 7:07.9 (vs. Syracuse/Michigan State, April 23)
2V4: 6:58.1 (vs. Syracuse/Michigan State, April 23)
3V4: 7:07.4 (vs. Syracuse/Michigan State, April 23)
1N8: 6:52.6 (vs. Syracuse/Michigan State, April 23)
2N8: 7:18.6 (vs. Syracuse/Michigan State, April 23)
Ohio State competes at the 2016 NCAA Championships May 27-29 in Gold River, Calif.