COLUMBUS, Ohio - Catherine Shields of the second-ranked Ohio State women's rowing team was named Big Ten co-Athlete of the Year Friday by the conference office. The senior from Rangiora, New Zealand, shares the award - the second of her career - with Rebecca Brougher of Indiana.
Shields stroked the Ohio State First Varsity Eight to a Big Ten title on Sunday at Eagle Creek Park in Indianapolis, edging Michigan 6:22.72-6:22.79 at the line to secure valuable points that helped OSU to its fourth-consecutive Big Ten team title. Shields has competed with the 1V8 in every race this season, helping the boat to 32-1 record overall.
In almost four full seasons of rowing with the Buckeyes, Shields has won four Big Ten team titles and three NCAA team championships, along with four Big Ten and three NCAA individual titles. A two-time Big Ten Athlete of the Year and the B1G Freshman of the Year in 2013, she is a three-time First Team All-Big Ten selection and a two-time First Team All-American. She has lost only one race as a Buckeye, amassing a 158-1 record overall.
Ohio State has won four-consecutive Big Ten Athlete of the Year awards and six overall. Shields is the first two-time winner for the Buckeyes and only the second in Big Ten history, joining Kate Johnson of Michigan (2000, 2001).
Ohio State competes at the 2016 NCAA Championships May 27-29 in Gold River, Calif.