No. 1 Ohio State Goes for Three in a Row at the B1G Championships
May 15, 2015
COLUMBUS, Ohio - The No. 1-ranked Ohio State women's rowing team begins postseason competition this Saturday and Sunday, May 16-17, at the 2015 Big Ten Rowing Championships in Indianapolis. The Buckeyes, the two-time defending national and conference champions, look to claim a record sixth conference title overall and become the first team in conference history to win three-consecutive B1G titles.
Winners of three of the last four Big Ten championships, the Buckeyes are the top seed in three races -- the first varsity eight, second varsity eight and second novice eight. OSU is the No. 2 seed in three additional races.
Hosted by the Indianapolis Rowing Center at Eagle Creek Park for the fifth-consecutive year, the 2015 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.
Admission to the event is free, with a $6 parking fee per car.
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. Additional information can be found at the Indianapolis Rowing Center website at indyrowing.org.
Catch the #B1GChamps on BTN
BTN will air tape-delayed coverage of the 2015 Big Ten Rowing Championships May 24 at 6 p.m. ET. Dean Linke (play-by-play) and Kate Burdick (color commentary) will have the call. Check local listings for channel information.
Buckeyes at the Big Ten Championships
Ohio State has won five conference titles all-time, tied with Michigan for the most in Big Ten history. Along with back-to-back titles in 2014 and 2013, the Buckeyes won the conference crown in 2011, 2006 and 2002. OSU has earned 13 Top-3 finishes at the conference championships and has never finished below fourth place.
2014 Big Ten Championship Recap
Ohio State claimed its second-consecutive Big Ten championship last season at Eagle Creek Park, posting five varsity wins to total a championship-record 164 points en route to its fifth conference title overall.
Michigan placed second (140 points), Wisconsin third (109) and Indiana fourth (103). Michigan State (60), Minnesota (55) and Iowa (39) rounded out the team standings.
The Buckeyes became the first team since Michigan State (2008-09) to earn consecutive conference titles and tied Michigan for the most conference championships overall with five.
Claire-Louise Bode, Catherine Shields and Holly Norton earned First Team All-Big Ten honors, with Shields also collecting the Big Ten Rower of the Year award. Head coach Andy Teitelbaum was named B1G Coach of the Year for the fifth time.
Scouting the B1G Contenders
Wisconsin boasts four top-seeded boats entering the championships. The Badgers' first varsity four, third varsity four, first novice eight and second varsity four boats claimed No. 1 seeds.
OSU and UW went head-to-head on Griggs Reservoir April 11, with Ohio State defeating Wisconsin in the first and second varsity eight races and the Badgers earning wins over the Buckeyes in the 1V4, 2V4 and 1N8.
Indiana is led by a strong varsity eight boat, ranked seventh nationally after a 10th-place NCAA finish last season. IU earned an all-time best fourth-place finish at the Big Ten championships last season under head coach Steve Pederson, the national coach of the year.
Michigan has won five Big Ten titles all time and finished runner-up six times, including last season. Ohio State went 6-0 against the Wolverines at Griggs Reservoir April 25.
The Ohio State first varsity eight is 61-0 overall -- 22-0 in races -- since the start of the 2014 season, including 27-0 overall and 10-0 in races so far in 2015. The boat won both the NCAA and Big Ten titles last season and has a 31-3 record in races dating back to the start of the 2013 season.
2015 marks the fourth-consecutive year Ohio State has had at least one crew close the regular season without a loss.
2012 - Second Varsity Eight (9-0)
2013 -- Second Varsity Eight (8-0)
2014 -- First Varsity Eight (8-0)
2015 -- First Varsity Eight (10-0)
2015 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.
2015 Season-Best Times
1V8: 5:54.78 (vs. Minnesota, April 11)
2V8: 6:04.88 (vs. Minnesota, April 11)
1V4: 6:45.21 (vs. Minnesota, April 11)
2V4: 6:59.88 (vs. Minnesota, April 11)
3V4: 7:20.02 (vs. Louisville, March 28)
1N8: 6:18.16 (vs. Wisconsin, April 11)
2N8: 6:22.57 (vs. Wisconsin & Minnesota, April 11)
Buckeyes Ranked No. 1
OSU received 19 of 25 first-place votes in the US Rowing/ College Rowing Coaches Association (CRCA) Week 9 Top 20 poll, released May 12. Washington is ranked No. 2 with two first-place votes, followed by No. 3 Virginia, No. 4 California (two votes) and No. 5 Brown (one vote).
The Buckeyes have ranked within the Top 3 of the poll since April 24, 2013 and in the Top 5 since April 2, 2013.
US Rowing/CRCA Top 20 Poll
1. Ohio State (19 first-place votes)
2. Washington (2)
4. California (2)
5. Brown (1)
7. Washington State
19. Notre Dame
Last Time Out
No. 1 Ohio State won all six races April 25 in its regular-season finale against No. 12 Michigan, No. 16 Syracuse and Michigan State at Griggs Reservoir on the Scioto River.
Crews faced scattered showers and a slight crosswind out of the east throughout much of the morning and afternoon. The regatta served as a preview of the racing setup for the upcoming conference and national championships as teams competed four wide with rotating lanes.
Ohio State competes at the 2015 NCAA Division I Rowing Championships May 29-31 in Sacramento, Calif. The field will be announced Tuesday, May 19 at 5 p.m. ET during the selection show streamed live at NCAA.com.