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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.
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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.
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At the 2011 Big Ten Rowing Championships on Lake Lilly at Eagle Creek Park in Indianapolis, Ind., Ohio State won its third Big Ten title off the strength of two first-place efforts. With wins in the second varsity eight and second varsity four, the Buckeyes totaled 142 points, ahead of second-place Michigan (124) and third-place Wisconsin (121). Michigan State was fourth with 111 points followed by Minnesota (68), Indiana (53) and Iowa (25).
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The Wisconsin Badgers look to defend their 2010 conference title this weekend at the 2011 Big Ten Rowing Championships on Sunday, May 15, on Lilly Lake at Eagle Creek Park in Indianapolis, Ind.
The Badgers won their first conference championship last year, winning four races with one runner-up finish and a third-place showing. The 11th-ranked Badgers have one top seed, the first novice eights, heading into this year's championships.
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All seven conference rowing teams travel to Indianapolis, Ind., this weekend to compete in the 2011 Big Ten Rowing Championships on May 15. The teams will compete at Eagle Creek Park this Sunday, marking the Big Ten's first-ever neutral-site rowing championships. With a new location brings a new format of the event with a seven-lane finals-only regatta.
Ohio State boasts the top seed in three events including the first varsity eight and first and second varsity fours. Michigan State, Michigan and Wisconsin earn the No. 1 seed in the second varsity eight, second novice eight and first novice eight, respectively.
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The Badgers' first varsity eight claimed the year's final Boat of the Week distinction after defeating Minnesota in Wisconsin's first home dual race on Lake Mendota since 2002. Team members from the first varsity eight included coxswain Jane Roberts, Jacquelyn Koykkar, Hayley Leinss, Lauren Pietila, Lisa Godhardt, Anna Schettle, Katelyn Swanson, Rachel Buchholtz and Vanessa Kleiss. The eight rowed to a time of 6:10.0 in choppy water to best Minnesota's time of 6:14.40. This marks the first weekly award for Wisconsin since the 2009 season.
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The eighth-ranked Michigan State Second Varsity Eight boat claimed its first Boat of the Week honors after going 3-0 over the weekend on Lake Monticello in Charlottesville, Va. The second varsity eight consists of coxswain Alyse Egner, Nikki Bade, Michielle Sosa, Bree Walkowiak, Joscelyn Smith, Shelby Motoligin, Hannah Champ, Claire Vandelinder and Brianna Lakanen. The eight knocked off host No. 2 Virginia in 7:21.50, No. 3 USC in 6:54.4 and No. 18 Texas with a time of 6:31.60.
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INDIANA vs. Oklahoma, Buffalo, Grand Valley, All Day 
MICHIGAN vs. INDIANA, Oklahoma, All Day
MICHIGAN STATE at Virginia, USC, Texas, All Day 
OHIO STATE at Princeton, Yale, All Day 
WISCONSIN at Lake Natoma Invitational, All Day 
MINNESOTA/OHIO STATE at Charles River Challenge, All Day 
WISCONSIN at Lake Natoma Invitational, All Day 
 -- Ann Arbor, Mich.
 -- Charlottesville, Va.
 -- New Haven, Conn.
 -- Gold River, Calif.
 -- Boston, Mass.
The Michigan State first varsity eight boat claimed Boat of the Week honors for the second consecutive week after going 2-0 over the weekend at the Big Ten Double Duals on Lake Ovid in Sleepy Hollow State Park in Laingsburg, Mich. Members included coxswain Amanda McGeachie, Laura Cowal, Kellie Lapointe, Michelle Neuder, BreeAnn Breton, Michelle Sosa, Alex Maibusch, Stephanie Bochenek, and Nikki Bade. In its race against Wisconsin, the boat topped the Badgers in a time of 6:37.27, finishing in open water and by a margin of 6.23 seconds. Against Minnesota in the second session, the Spartan boat recorded a time of 6:34.12, marking the fastest time of any boat last weekend.
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