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Eleven Big Ten rowers earned All-America recognition by the Collegiate Rowing Coaches Association (CRCA), it was announced on Monday. Additionally, Indiana head coach Steve Peterson was tabbed Division I Coach of the Year and the entire Indiana staff was named the Division I Staff of the Year. The full list of Big Ten honorees are below.

First Team
Mera Dickensheets, IND
Jessica Eiffert, MICH
Bryna Oleshansky, MICH
Claire-Louise Bode, OSU
Victoria Lazur, OSU
Holly Norton, OSU
Catherine Shields, OSU

Second Team
Morgan Grastorf, IOWA
Amanda Elmore, MICH
Ashley Bauer, OSU
Anne Rauschert, WIS

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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.

Indiana Coaching Staff Earns CRCA Honors

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The Indiana Rowing coach staff has been named Collegiate Rowing Coaches Association (CRCA) Central Region Staff of the Year, announced by the association on Monday, June 2. The Hoosiers' staff led Indiana to its first NCAA Championships berth where IU finished 11th overall. Indiana spent most 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 Year.


Thirty-One Rowers Tabbed CRCA Scholar Athletes

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Thirty-one Big Ten rowers were tabbed scholar athletes by the Collegiate Rowing Coaches Association (CRCA), it was announced on Tuesday. 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. The full list of Big Ten honors is below.

Lindsey Barber, IND
Kelsey Cundiff, IND
Kimberly Gilmour, IND
Grace Mendel, IND
Madeline Anglin, IOWA
Kathryne Brown, IOWA
Destinee Gwee, IOWA
Mackenzie Norton, IOWA
Gabrielle Watson, IOWA
Amanda Elmore, MICH
Emily Idoni, MICH
Joanna Beaton, MSU
Lori Comer, MSU
Olivia Jamrog, MSU
Monica LaPointe, MSU
Laura Moore, MSU
Kylie Andersen, MINN
Jessica Flakne, MINN
Chelsea Miller, MINN
Kersten Schwanz, MINN
Sarah Soloek, MINN
Amy VanHeel, MINN
Katherine Windsor, MINN
Sarah Asad, OSU
Nicole Becks, OSU
Lauren Eckles, OSU
Victoria Lazur, OSU
Chloe Meyer, OSU
Taylore Urban, OSU
Nicole Hettmann, WIS
Kristine Kammers, WIS

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Eighteen Rowers Named to All-Central Region Teams

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Eighteen Big Ten rowers were named this past week to the All-Central Region teams by the Collegiate Rowing Coaches of America (CRCA). Nominated student-athletes are evaluated on the strength of their team's regional finish, coaches recommendations and 2,000-meter erg score. Nominees must be eligible student-athletes who have competed in their teams' varsity boat in 75 percent of races this season. Below is the full list of Big Ten student-athletes to be named to the All-Central Region Team

First Team
Mera Dickensheets, IND
Alice Wright, IND
Morgan Grastorf, IOWA
Jessica Eiffert, MICH
Bryna Oleshansky, MICH
Laura Moore, MSU
Claire-Louise Bode, OSU
Victoria Lazur, OSU
Holly Norton, OSU
Catherine Shields, OSU
Anne Rauschert, WIS

Second Team
Alexandra Eaton, IND
Amanda Elmore, MICH
Chrissy Holm, MICH
Hannah Sherman, MICH
Katie Cromie, MSU
Ashley Bauer, OSU
Monica Whitehouse, WIS

In The Polls

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All seven Big Ten women's rowing squads are ranked are receiving votes in the latest CRCA/USRowing Coaches poll, released on Wednesday. Ohio State tops the poll at No. 1, while Michigan joins the Buckeyes in the top 10 at No. 8. Indiana follows at No. 15, while Wisconsin sits at No. 16 and Michigan State rounds out the poll at No. 20. Iowa and Minnesota are receiving votes in the ranking.

For the complete poll, click here.

Big Ten Medal of Honor Mondays: Ohio State

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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 Ohio State.

Aaron Craft (2014, basketball)
Craft will leave Ohio State as one of the most successful student-athletes of all-time in men's basketball. The Findlay, Ohio, native completed a decorated career with 119 wins, an average of nearly 30 victories per year. He led the Buckeyes to four NCAA tournaments, three "Sweet 16s," two "Elite Eights" and the 2012 Final Four. Individually, Craft is the all-time steals leader in Ohio State and Big Ten history with 337. Craft was equally, if not more accomplished, in the classroom. A three-time academic All-American, Ohio State's first three-time honoree and just the fourth in Big Ten history, Craft also was named the academic All-American of the year in Division I Men's Basketball, twice, one of just three to be so honored all-time. At the 2014 Final Four in Dallas, Craft was honored by the National Association of Basketball Coaches as the 2014 Defensive Player of the Year and is a 2014 Senior CLASS Award First Team All-American.

Allison Elber (2014, rowing)
A native of Brunswick, Ohio, Elber is a four-time Ohio State Scholar-Athlete, three-time Academic All-Big Ten and Big Ten Distinguished Scholar. A team captain, Elber set program history as part of the first women's team at Ohio State to win an NCAA Championship. As a member of the first varsity eight, Elber won a bronze medal at the 2013 NCAA Championships and a gold medal at the 2013 Big Ten Championships, earning CRCA First Team All-Central Region, Pocock First Team All-America and First Team All-Big Ten honors. Throughout her four-year collegiate career, Elber was a member of the 2013 and 2011 Big Ten Championship winning teams, guiding the Buckeyes to their third and fourth conference titles, respectively.  A psychology major, Elber will be attending graduate school at the University of Denver to study sport and performance psychology.

Laura Murray (2000, pistol)
Murray was a two-time national champion and led the Buckeyes to their first women's and open national championships in pistol. She was a U.S. Navy Nurse Corps Officer and worked at the Naval Hospital in Pensacola, Fla., before becoming a staff nurse in the medical surgical unit at Onslow Memorial Hospital, Jacksonville, N.C.

Gina Pietras (1997, synchronized swimming)
A synchronized swimming standout at Ohio State, Gina Pietras won the Big Ten Medal of Honor in 1997. She was a three-time U.S. Collegiate Synchronized Swimming Champion, a three-time U.S. Collegiate All-American and three-time Academic All-Big Ten selection. She was named the U.S. Collegiate Athlete of the Year in 1997 and was a letterwinner in each of her four years.

Katie Smith (1996, basketball)
Smith finished her Ohio State career as the Big Ten's all-time leading scorer and won the Big Ten Medal of Honor in 1996. She was Big Ten Player of the Year as a senior and led the conference in scoring in 1995 and 1996. A three-time All-Big Ten honoree, Smith guided Ohio State to the 1993 NCAA final as a freshman, scoring 28 points in the game. She was a three-time Academic All-Big Ten selection before beginning her professional basketball career. Smith recently completed her 15-year WNBA career as one of the league's all-time leading scorers, a seven-time All-Star, a two-time champion and was named one of the top-15 players in WNBA history.

Cheryl Perozek (1991, basketball)
Ohio State's all-time leader in three-point field goal percentage, Cheryl Perozek earned the Big Ten Medal Honor in 1991. She led the Buckeyes to three NCAA Tournament appearances and a share of the Big Ten title in 1989. Perozek was a four-time Ohio State scholar-athlete and three-time academic All-Big Ten selection. She led the conference in three-point field goal percentage in 1991 and ranks 10th on the Buckeyes' career assist list (341). She was tabbed Ohio State's team MVP in her senior season.

Mike Lanese (1986, football)
Lanese was a Rhodes Scholar who graduated from Oxford with a degree in English and political science. He became a Surface Warfare Officer on the guided missile cruiser USS Sterett. He eventually started an advertising marketing technology company.

John Frank (1984, football)
Winner of the 1984 Medal of Honor, Frank set school records for receptions and yards by a tight end during his career. Finishing with 121 receptions and 1,481 yards, he was a two-time All-Big Ten honoree, earning the distinction as a junior in 1982 and a senior in 1983, and was named team MVP his final season. Frank's success extended beyond the field as he was named an Academic All-Big
Ten selection and an Academic All-American his junior and senior seasons and was a Rhodes Scholar finalist. After two Super Bowl titles with the San Francisco 49ers, Frank returned to Ohio State and received his doctorate in June, 1992.

David Hoyles (1973, hockey)
Hoyles, who earned the Big Ten Medal of Honor in 1973, tallied 131 points (64 goals, 67 assists) in 115 career games at Ohio State. The Tupperville, Ontario native led the Buckeyes with 19 goals as a freshman during the 1969-70 season, a mark which still ranks among the top 10 in freshman scoring in school history. Hoyles served as a captain of the 1971-72 squad, which posted a 24-5-0 overall record. Forty years after concluding his career, Hoyles still ranks 29th in points in school history.

Jerry Lucas (1963, basketball)
Lucas, who received the Big Ten Medal of Honor in 1963, was the leading scorer and rebounder on Ohio State's 1960 NCAA Championship team. He was a two-time National Player of the Year, three-time first-team consensus All-American and three-time Big Ten MVP. During his college career, the Buckeyes posted a 78-6 record and won three Big Ten titles. Lucas led the nation in field goal shooting for three consecutive years and still holds Ohio State's career records in field goal percentage (.624), free throws made (438) and rebounds (1,411). The Middletown, Ohio, native was also the youngest player on the USA Basketball team that won the gold medal at the 1960 Olympics. During his 11 seasons in the NBA, Lucas was a seven-time All-Star and five-time All-NBA selection. He was inducted into the Basketball Hall of Fame in 1980 and was named one of the 50 Greatest Players in NBA History. Lucas was the first men's basketball player to have his number retired at Ohio State.

Harry Steel (1924, football and wrestling)
Steel became the first Buckeye athlete to win an Olympic medal. He took gold as a heavyweight wrestler at the 1924 Paris Olympics, the same year he won the Big Ten Championship and captained the Ohio State squad. He was a part of the 1923 Buckeye team that won its first Big Ten Championship and was inducted into the Ohio State Hall of Fame in 1980.

Seventeen Big Ten student-athletes earned first-team Capital One Academic All-District honors, as announced on Thursday. The honorees are now eligible for Academic All-America consideration. The complete list of Big Ten Academic All-District award recipients can be found below.

Men's At-Large Academic All-District
District 2
David Taylor, PSU - wrestling

District 5
Mike Wilner, ILL - gymnastics
Eric Ress, IND - swimming & diving
Connor Jaeger, MICH- swimming & diving
Greg Wolfe, MSU - ice hockey
Michael Newburger, OSU - gymnastics
Jamie Bissett, PUR - swimming & diving

District 6
Nick Caldwell, WIS - swimming & diving

District 7
Eric Schryver, NEB - gymnastics

Women's At-Large Academic All-District
District 2
Laura Gebhart, PSU - field hockey
Gabrielle Shishkoff, PSU - swimming & diving

District 5
Shae Fournier, IND - water polo
Brooklynn Snodgrass, IND - swimming & diving
Courtney Beidler, MICH - swimming & diving

District 6

Kimberly Dinh, WIS - golf
Elizabeth Schoenfeldt, WIS - rowing

District 7
Emily Wong, NEB - gymnastics

For the complete list of honorees, click here for men's and here for women's.

In The Polls

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Five Big Ten women's rowing squads are ranked in the latest CRCA/USRowing Coaches poll, released on Wednesday. Ohio State leads conference squads, checking in at No. 2, while Michigan joins the Buckeyes in the top 10 at No. 9. Indiana follows at No. 13, while Wisconsin sits at No. 16 and Michigan State rounds out the poll at No. 20. Iowa was receiving votes in the ranking.

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In The Polls

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Five Big Ten women's rowing teams are ranked in the latest CRCA/USRowing Coaches poll, released on Wednesday. Ohio State leads conference squads, checking in at No. 2, while Michigan joins the Buckeyes in the top 10 at No. 9. Indiana follows at No. 13, while Wisconsin sits at No. 15 and Michigan State rounds out the poll at No. 20. Iowa was receiving votes in the ranking.

For the complete ranking, click here.

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