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Eight Big Ten student-athletes have been named to the 2012 Capital One Academic All-America Team, as announced on Thursday. To be eligible, a student-athlete must be a varsity starter or key reserve, maintain a cumulative G.P.A. of 3.30, have sophomore eligibility and be nominated by his or her sports information director. The complete list of Big Ten honorees is below.

Eileen Brandes, Field Hockey, Michigan
Josh Ihnen, Wrestling, Nebraska
Tucker Lane, Wrestling, Nebraska
Ulrike Denker, Rowing, Ohio State
Sean Duddy, Hockey, Ohio State
Andrew Elliott, Swimming & Diving, Ohio State
Kelsey Amy, Field Hockey, Penn State
Miguel Pineda, Gymnastics, Penn State
Nine Big Ten student-athletes have been named to the 2012 Capital One Academic All-District Team, as announced on Thursday. 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 below.

Field Hockey
Eileen Brandes, Michigan (Biology, 3.92)
Kelsey Amy, Penn State (Fine Arts, 3.79)

Michael Newburger, Ohio State (Mathematics, 3.94)
Miguel Pineda, Penn State (Biology, 3.98)

Ulrike Denker, Ohio State (Business/Master of Accounting, 3.93)

Andrew Elliott, Ohio State (Marketing, 3.85)
Lauren Roth, Purdue, (Psychology, 3.93)

Bruno Abdelnour, Illinois (Mechanical Engineering, 3.96)
Garret Dunn, Iowa (Finance Accounting, 4.00)
All seven Big Ten rowing teams travel to Indianapolis, Ind., this weekend to compete in the 2012 Big Ten Rowing Championships at Eagle Creek Park. The teams take to the water beginning at 9 a.m. ET on Sunday, May 13, in a seven-lane, finals-only regatta.

Wisconsin leads all schools with three No. 1 seeds, holding the top boat in the I Novice Eight, II Novice Eight and II Varsity Four races. Defending champion Ohio State has No. 1 seeds in the I Varsity Four and the II Varsity Eight races, while Michigan claims the top seed in the I Varsity Eight race.

The complete list of seeding and lane assignments can be found by clicking HERE.

In the Polls

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Four Big Ten teams are ranked in the latest CRCA/USRowing Coaches Poll, while two more squads are receiving votes outside the top 25. Click HERE for the full poll.

Rk. Team (first-place votes)
1. Virginia (18)
2. Washington (2)
4. California
5. USC
7. Princeton
10. Brown
11. Stanford
12. Harvard
13. Washington State
15. Yale
16. Cornell
17. Notre Dame
18. Columbia
19. Dartmouth
20. Tennessee

Others Receiving Votes: MINNESOTA 44
, Clemson 22, Texas 15, INDIANA 9, Pennsylvania 8, Oregon State 8, Northeastern 6, Boston 4, Louisville 3, Duke 1, Syracuse 1.

In the Polls

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Five Big Ten rowing teams are ranked in this week's CRCA/USRowing Coaches Poll, while another is receiving votes outside the top 20. The complete poll can be seen below or by clicking HERE.

1. Virginia (20 first-place votes)
2. Washington (1)
3. Michigan (3)
5. Princeton
6. Ohio State (1)
7. USC
8. California
9. Stanford
10. Brown
11. Wisconsin
12. Harvard
13. Washington State
14. Cornell
15. Michigan State
16. Columbia
17. Yale
18. Clemson
19. Minnesota
20. Dartmouth

Also receiving votes: Notre Dame 53, Tennessee 45, Texas 33, Indiana 10, Oklahoma 7, University 6, Northeastern 1, Boston University 1, Oregon State 1, San Diego 1.

ROW: Seven Named CRCA All-Americans

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Seven Big Ten rowers have earned CRCA Pocock All-America honors as announced on Friday. Big Ten Rower of the Year and Michigan State senior Laura Cowal earned first-team honors and was joined by Michigan's Felice Mueller on the first team.

Five conference rowers received second-team recognition as Michigan's Natalie Eisermann, Michigan State's Kellie Lapointe, Ohio State's Ulrike Denker and Claudia Schiwy, and Wisconsin's Vanessa Kleiss took home honors.

Click here to see the complete list of CRCA Pocock All-Americans.

ROW: CRCA Honors 18 From Big Ten

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Big Ten rowing is well-represented on the Collegiate Rowing Coaches Association's All-Region teams as two coaches and 16 student-athletes were honored. The complete list of Big Ten honorees can be found below.

All-Central Region First Team
Asja Zero, IND
Natalie Eisermann, MICH
Felice Mueller, MICH
Stephanie Bochenek, MSU
Laura Cowal, MSU
Kellie Lapointe, MSU
Amanda McGeachie, MSU (coxswain)
Ulrike Denker, OSU
Claudia Schiwy, OSU
Vanessa Kleiss, WIS

All-Central Region Second Team
Julia Darnton, MICH
Jennifer Entin, MICH (coxswain)
Alex Maibusch, MSU
Claire-Louise Bode, OSU
Carolin Helmholz, OSU
Rachel Buchholtz, WIS

Central Region Head Coach of the Year
Andrew Teitelbaum, OSU

Central Region Assistant Coach of the Year
Kate Strum, MICH
Twenty-two Big Ten student athletes earned Capital One Academic All-District honors as announced on Thursday. Ten student-athletes received first-team recognition while 12 picked up second-team honors. The first-team honorees are now eligible for Academic All-America consideration. The complete list of Big Ten Academic All-District award recipients can be found below.


District II - First Team
Miguel Pineda, Penn State (gymnastics)

District IV - First Team
Sean Duddy, Ohio State (ice hockey)
Justin Farra, Ohio State (swimming and diving)
Brad Smith, Ohio State (golf)

District IV - Second Team
Carl Hagelin, Michigan (ice hockey)

District V - Second Team
Abe Souza, Illinois (tennis)
Eric Ress, Indiana (swimming and diving)
Ivan Gutesa, Minnesota (swimming and diving)
Matt Stewart, Purdue (swimming and diving)


District IV - First Team
Sarah Curtis, Michigan (gymnastics)

District IV - Second Team
Samantha Cheverton, Ohio State (swimming and diving)
Carolin Helmholz, Ohio State (rowing)

District V - First Team
Melissa Fernandez, Illinois (gymnastics)
Kaylee Jamison, Minnesota (swimming)
Kelsey Lindenschmidt, Northwestern (golf)
Allie Smith, Purdue (swimming)
Becca Ruegsegger, Wisconsin (ice hockey)

District V - Second Team
Allison Buckley, Illinois (gymnastics)
Margaux Farrell, Indiana (swimming)
Lauren Gustafson, Purdue (swimming)
Maggie Meyer, Wisconsin (swimming)
Carolyne Prevost, Wisconsin (ice hockey)

The Big Ten Conference office announced the rowing individual award winners as chosen by the conference coaches, on Wednesday afternoon. Michigan State's Laura Cowal was named Big Ten Athlete of the Year, while Michigan's Chrissy Holm won Freshman of the Year laurels. Ohio State's Andy Teitelbaum was named Coach of the Year after guiding the Buckeyes to their first Big Ten Championship since 2006.

Click here for the complete release.

ROW: Final Regular Season National Rankings

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The Division I and Division II USRowing/Collegiate Rowing Coaches Association Polls presented by Pocock Racing Shells announced the final regular season polls on Wednesday. Four Big Ten teams appeared in the top 20 list, including Ohio State, Michigan State, Michigan and Wisconsin.

After winning their third Big Ten title, Ohio State lead the conference contingent at No. 8, while Michigan State finished the season ranked No. 10. Michigan and Wisconsin head into the 2011 NCAA Rowing Championships as the No. 14 and No. 15 ranked teams, respectively. Minnesota and Indiana also received votes.

Ohio State, Michigan State, Michigan and Wisconsin will also compete in the national event, beginning May 27-29 at the Sacramento State Aquatic Center on Lake Natoma in Gold River, Calif.

Click here for the complete coaches poll.

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