2014 Big Ten Rowing Season In Review

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The 2014 Big Ten rowing season came to a close at the NCAA Championships, where Ohio State claimed its second consecutive national team title after earning first-place finishes in the first varsity eight and second varsity eight.

We Are The Champions: The Ohio State rowing team made program history at Eagle Creek Park in Indianapolis, claiming its second consecutive national team title after earning first-place finishes in the first varsity eight and second varsity eight. The Buckeyes are the fifth rowing team to win two-straight crowns and the first since Brown in 2007 and 2008. The Ohio State first varsity eight, made up Aina Cid Centelles, Elodie Ravera, Eelkje Miedema, Ashley Bauer, Stephanie Williams, Catherine Shields, Holly Norton, Claire-Louise Bode and coxswain Victoria Lazur, crossed the finish line in 6:44.48 to close out the season with a perfect 12-0 record. The second varsity eight crew of Daphne Socha, Chloe Meyer, Nicole Becks, Lauren Eckles, Meghan Birkbeck, Anne Dietrich, Katie King, Taylore Urban and coxswain Sami Jurofsky posted a winning time of 6:59.43, less than three seconds ahead of second-place Princeton. For more NCAA coverage, click HERE.

On To The Main Event: Four Big Ten teams were selected for the 2014 NCAA Division I Rowing Championships as Indiana, Michigan, Ohio State and Wisconsin earned berths into the national event, marking the fifth time in the last six years four conference teams have participated in the NCAA Championships. For the full release, click HERE.

We Are The Champions Pt. 2: Ohio State won its fifth Big Ten title at the 2014 Big Ten Rowing Championships at Eagle Creek Park in Indianapolis. The crown marked the second-consecutive conference title for the Buckeyes and third in the last four years. Ohio State recorded 164 points, a new championships record, on the strength of five first-place finishes. The Buckeyes tallied wins in the first varsity eight, second varsity eight, first varsity four, second varsity four and third varsity four races. For complete coverage of the Big Ten Championships, click HERE and HERE.

And The Awards Go To: The Big Ten office announced on Wednesday, May 21, the rowing individual award winners, as chosen by the conference coaches. Ohio State's Catherine Shields was named Big Ten Athlete of the Year, while Indiana's Alice Wright was tabbed Freshman of the Year. Buckeye head coach Andy Teitelbaum earned Coach of the Year honors. For more on the end of the year honors, click HERE.

Regional Honors: Eighteen Big Ten rowers were named to the All-Central Region teams by the Collegiate Rowing Coaches of America (CRCA). Nominated student-athletes were evaluated on the strength of their team's regional finish, coaches' recommendations and 2,000-meter erg score. Nominees must have been eligible student-athletes who have competed in their teams' varsity boat in 75 percent of races this season. For the complete list of Big Ten honorees, click HERE.

National Recognition: Eleven Big Ten rowers earned All-America recognition by the Collegiate Rowing Coaches Association (CRCA), it was announced on Monday, June 9th. The full list of Big Ten honorees can be found HERE.

Coach Em Up: The Indiana rowing coaching staff was named Collegiate Rowing Coaches Association (CRCA) Central Region Staff of the Year and Division I Staff of the Year. The Hoosiers' staff led Indiana to its first NCAA Championships berth where IU finished 11th overall. Indiana spent most of the season ranked No. 13 in the CRCA/USRowing Coaches poll. The Hoosiers finished fourth at the Big Ten Championships, the program's best finish at the championships. Additionally, head coach Steve Peterson was tabbed Central Regional Coach of the Years and Division I Coach of the Year.

Head Of The Class: Thirty-one Big Ten rowers were tabbed scholar athletes by the Collegiate Rowing Coaches Association (CRCA). To be eligible for the honor, student-athlete must have met all eligibility rules as defined by her institution, be in at least her second year of eligibility, rowed in her institution's NCAA or IRA eligible boat(s) for a minimum of 75% of the season's races and have at least a 3.5 cumulative GPA. For the complete list of Big Ten honorees, click HERE.

Academic All-District: Wisconsin's Elizabeth Schoenfeldt was named to the Capital One Academic All-District, it was announced on Thursday, May 15th. The Academic All-District team recognizes the nation's top student-athletes for their performances in the classroom and athletically. The complete list of Big Ten honorees can be found HERE.

Big Ten Medal of Honor Mondays: Purdue

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During the Big Ten's celebration of the 100th Anniversary of the Big Ten Medal of Honor, the conference will be featuring "Medal of Honor Mondays" for 12 consecutive weeks, which will highlight a number of Medal of Honor winners from each school. This week, we feature Purdue University.

Robbie Hummel (2012, men's basketball)
A 2012 recipient of the Big Ten Medal of Honor, Hummel was a three-time first-team All-Big Ten selection, finishing his collegiate career with 1,772 points, 862 rebounds and 268 assists. The three-time Academic All-Big Ten honoree was Purdue's first-ever Senior CLASS Award winner, and also helped lead Team USA to the bronze medal at the 2009 World University Games. A two-time Associated Press Honorable Mention All-American, Hummel played internationally for one year before signing with the NBA's Minnesota Timberwolves in September 2013. The Valparaiso, Ind., native played in 53 games during his rookie season. Hummel's father, Glenn, was Illinois' 1976 Big Ten Medal of Honor winner.

Ariel Turner (2012, women's volleyball)
Purdue's Ariel Turner is the university's only women's volleyball player to earn the Big Ten Medal of Honor. The 2012 Capital One Academic All-American of the Year, Turner was a two-time Academic All-America honoree, two-time AVCA All-America honoree, a Senior CLASS Award finalist and unanimous All-Big Ten selection in 2011. Turner also was the 2011 Big Ten Player of the Year and a three-time Academic All-Big Ten selection.

Drew Brees (2001, football)
Drew Brees ended his collegiate career holding numerous school and conference records en route to winning Big Ten Medal of Honor laurels in 2001. He was not only an All-American and a Maxwell Award winner on the field, but he was also named Academic All-America of the Year as a senior. He guided the Boilermakers to the Big Ten Championship in 2000 and their first Rose Bowl appearance since 1967. Drafted in 2001, he is currently an 8-time Pro-Bowler. Brees won Super Bowl XLIV in 2009 and was named game MVP. He became one of the many faces of the New Orleans community following the Hurricane Katrina tragedy by establishing numerous charitable foundations to help the area in its recovery.

Stephanie White (1999, women's basketball)
A 1999 Big Ten Medal of Honor recipient, Purdue's Stephanie White is the only player in conference history to record more than 2,000 points, 500 assists and 250 steals. After leading the Boilermakers to the national title in 1999, White earned the Honda Award and Wade Trophy and was named Big Ten Female Athlete of the Year. The 1999 Academic All-American of the Year, White was a two-time All-American and Academic All-American. Following her collegiate career, White played five seasons in the WNBA before entering the coaching realm. Formerly an assistant coach with the Indiana Fever, White will begin as head coach next season. She currently serves as a college basketball analyst for BTN and ESPN. She was inducted into the Purdue Hall of Fame in 2005.

Joy Holmes (1991, women's basketball)
Purdue's first women's basketball All-American, Holmes earned the Big Ten Medal of Honor in 1991, the same year she was named Big Ten Player of the Year and Big Ten Female Athlete of the Year. She ranks among the Top 10 in various Boilermaker career categories, including third in steals (323), fourth in field-goal percentage (56 percent), sixth in field goals (682) and free throws made (372), seventh in points (1,747) and blocks (131) and ninth in rebounds (744). The Mansfield, Ohio, native was a three-time first team All-Big Ten selection and led Purdue to the 1991 Big Ten Championship and three NCAA Tournament appearances. Holmes was named to the Big Ten's All-Decade Team and has been inducted into the Purdue Hall of Fame. Her son, Gary Harris, played basketball for Michigan State and was the 2013 Big Ten Freshman of the Year.

Jane Neff (1983, women's volleyball)
Purdue's first recognized volleyball All-American, Jane Neff was awarded the Big Ten Medal of Honor in 1983. The four-year letterwinner led the Boilermakers to a Big Ten Championship in her senior season (1982) and two NCAA Tournament berths. A middle hitter, Neff ranks in the Purdue Top 10 in seven career categories, including fourth in total blocks (523). She also holds the record for most solo blocks in a season (75) and led the Boilermakers in hitting percentage and total blocks for three of her four seasons.  The Kettering, Ohio, native was Purdue's team MVP in 1981 and 1982 and was tabbed a first-team Academic All-American in 1982. She was named to the Big Ten All-Decade team in 1992 and inducted into the Purdue Intercollegiate Athletics Hall of Fame in 1994.

John Konsek (1960, men's golf)
John Konsek won the Big Ten Medal of Honor in 1960. Konsek's Boilermaker teams were Big Ten champions from 1958-60, and he was an All-American all three of those years. He also was the Big Ten individual champion for those three consecutive seasons, once beating Ohio State's Jack Nicklaus by two strokes in the 1960 Big Ten Tournament. Nicklaus once said: "If John had turned professional, he definitely would be in the Hall of Fame." While Nicklaus became the world's top golfer, Konsek went on to be a physician specializing in internal medicine.

John Wooden (1932, men's basketball)
John Wooden was named the Big Ten Medal of Honor honoree in 1932, after winning the national championship and graduating with a degree in English. He was the first player to be named an All-American three times while at Purdue. As a coach at UCLA, Wooden's Bruins won an unprecedented 10 championships in a 12-year period and achieved an 88-game winning streak. Wooden was named national coach of the year six times and became the first person ever to be enshrined in the Basketball Hall of Fame as both a player (1961) and a coach (1973).  Wooden's "Pyramid of Success," which simply describes how to be successful in both sports and life, is still referenced regularly to this day.

100 Days of the Big Ten Medal of Honor: Day 90

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Michigan State's Robert Jasson (1958, Hockey)
Jasson, who earned the Big Ten Medal of Honor in 1958, tallied 34 points from the blue line between 1955-56 and 1957-58. Named the team's Most Valuable Player at the conclusion of the 1956-57 campaign, Jasson helped lead the Spartans to their first winning record in program history in 1957-58. A native of Winnipeg, Manitoba, Jasson was a two-year captain for Michigan State, wearing the "C" in 1956-57 and 1957-58. He was just the second two-year captain in program history.

Twenty-One Big Ten Players Chosen in MLB Draft

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Twenty-one Big Ten players were selected during the 2014 MLB First-Year Player Draft, held Thursday through Saturday. Indiana led all programs with five players selected, while Iowa and Nebraska each had three standouts chosen. Michigan, Michigan State and Purdue each had two players selected, while Illinois, Minnesota, Northwestern and Ohio State each had one player chosen in the annual draft. A full list of the drafted Big Ten standouts can be found below.

Round (Overall)
1 (4). Kyle Schwarber, C, IND (Chicago Cubs)
2 (67). Sam Travis, 1B, IND (Boston)
5 (146). Dustin DeMuth, 3B, IND (Milwaukee)
8 (239). Jake Yacinich, SS, IOWA (Los Angeles Angels)
12 (350). Pat Kelly, 2B, NEB (Minnesota)
14 (435). James Bourque, RHP, MICH (Washington)
15 (455). Jimmy Pickens, OF, MSU (Cincinnati)
18 (532). Sean McHugh, C, PUR (Philadelphia)
19 (558). Aaron Bummer, LHP, NEB (Chicago White Sox)
19 (562). Joey DeNato, LHP, IND (Philadelphia)
19 (566). Zach Hirsch, LHP, NEB (Milwaukee)
20 (610). Trent Szkutnik, LHP, MICH (Detroit)
22 (662). Jake Kelzer, RHP, IND (New York Yankees)
23 (682). Joel Fisher, C, MSU (Philadelphia)
25 (743). Alec Crawford, RHP, MINN (Colorado)
29 (857). Greg Greve, RHP, OSU (Miami)
30 (899). Ronnie Muck, RHP, ILL (Los Angeles Angels)
35 (1039). Jordan Minch, LHP, PUR (Chicago Cubs)
38 (1131). Taylor Zeutenhorst, OF, IOWA (Seattle)
38 (1155). Sasha Kuebel, LHP, IOWA (St. Louis)
39 (1185). Kyle Ruchim, 2B, NU (St. Louis)

100 Days of the Big Ten Medal of Honor: Day 89

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George MacKinnon (Minnesota, 1929, football)
George MacKinnon was an All-American center who served as a U.S. Navy officer during World War II. George MacKinnon was a center for the football team and a three-time letterwinner from 1926-28. During those three seasons, the team complied a 17-5-2 record, including going undefeated during the 1927 season. That 6-0-2 record led the Gophers to a Co-Big Ten Championship title. He became an attorney involved in high-profile labor racketeering cases and later a politician. MacKinnon served on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia from 1969-83.

DeMuth, Yacinich Selected on MLB Draft's Second Day

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Indiana third baseman Dustin DeMuth and Iowa shortstop Jake Yacinich were both selected on the second day of the 2014 MLB Draft on Friday. DeMuth was picked by the Milwaukee Brewers with the 11th pick in the fifth round, becoming the third Hoosier player selected following teammates Kyle Schwarber and Sam Travis on Thursday. With the 14th pick in the eighth round, The Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim selected Yacinich. Both DeMuth and Yacinich were first-team All-Big Ten selections last season and are the third and fourth conference players selected in this year's draft.

Eight Big Ten Tennis Players Named All-Americans

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A total of eight Big Ten tennis players earned 2014 ITA All-America recognition, the organization announced on Thursday, including seven men's tennis standouts and one women's tennis student-athlete. Illinois led all men's programs with four honorees as both Jared Hiltzik and Farris Gosea earned singles honors while Tim Kopinski and Ross Guignon garnered accolades in doubles. Minnesota's Leandro Toledo was named a singles All-American after reaching the Round of 16 at the NCAA Championships last month. Ohio State added a pair of honorees as the national runner-up tandem of Peter Kobelt and Kevin Metka earned All-America status in doubles. Kobelt also was named a singles All-American, making him one of just seven men's tennis players to be named an All-American in both singles and doubles this season. He is now a four-time All-American, having achieved the same feat last season. On the women's side, Michigan's Emina Bektas was named an All-American for the second time in her career, earning the honor in singles this season after garnering the accolade in doubles last season.

To earn ITA All-America honors, a student-athlete must achieve one of the following:

- Singles - Top 16 seed in NCAA Singles Championship; reach round of 16 in NCAA Singles Championship; finish in the Top 20 of final ITA National Singles Rankings

- Doubles - Top eight seed in NCAA Doubles Championship; reach quarterfinals in NCAA Doubles Championship; finish in the Top 10 of final ITA National Doubles Rankings

ITA Release

Schwarber Named District V Player of the Year by NCBWA

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After being selected fourth overall in the MLB Draft on Thursday, Indiana's Kyle Schwarber was named the District V Player of the Year by the National Collegiate Baseball Writers Association on Friday. He earns the accolade for the second straight year after garnering second-team Louisville Slugger All-America honors. Schwarber ended the year with 14 home runs, 66 runs and 153 total bases, ranking seventh, fourth and fifth in the nation, respectively. He is a finalist for the Johnny Bench Award, garnered unanimous All-Big Ten status and Most Outstanding Player status at the Big Ten Tournament.
As the Big Ten continues to celebrate the 100th anniversary of the Big Ten Medal of Honor, Michigan State announced that Kristen Henn from the field hockey team and Greg Wolfe of the ice hockey team have been named Michigan State's 2013-14 Big Ten Medal of Honor recipients.

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Two Indiana standouts were taken on the first night of the 2014 Major League Baseball Draft on Thursday. Catcher Kyle Schwarber was selected by the Chicago Cubs with the fourth overall pick, becoming the highest Big Ten player selected in the draft since Michigan State pitcher Mark Mulder was the second selection in the 1998 draft. Schwarber was a unanimous first-team All-Big Ten selection, the Big Ten Tournament's Most Outstanding Player and a finalist for the Johnny Bench Award, given annually to the nation's top catcher. First baseman Sam Travis was selected in the second round, 67th overall, to the Boston Red Sox. The Big Ten Player of the Year and unanimous All-Big Ten choice, Travis led the conference with 85 hits and 58 RBI in 2014. He was a semifinalist for the Golden Spikes Award.