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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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Five Schools Take Home USTFCCCA Regional Awards

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Five schools collected regional awards from the USTFCCC, it was announced on Sunday. Student-athletes and coaches from Illinois, Michigan, Nebraska, Penn State and Purdue earned recognition in three different regions: Great Lakes, Mid-Atlantic and Midwest.

Michigan's Erin Finn and Purdue's Raheem Mostert were tabbed Track Athlete of the Year in the Great Lakes Region, while Boilermaker head coach Lonnie Greene picked up Coach of the Year laurels. Penn State earned three out of the four coaching honors in the Mid-Atlantic Region, as head coach Beth Aldord-Sullivan was named Coach of the Year, Kevin Kelly and Randy Bungard collected Men's and Women's Assistant Coaches of the Year recognition, respectively. In the Midwest Region, Illinois' Mike Turk took home the Coach of the Year award, while Nebraska's Billy Maxwell and Carrie Lane were named Men's and Women's Assistant Coaches of the Year.

For the full list of honorees, click here.

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.

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

In The Polls

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Fourteen Big Ten men's tennis players and 10 doubles pairs have been ranked nationally in the final ITA singles and doubles polls of the season, released on Wednesday. The complete list of Big Ten singles and doubles players can be found below.

Singles
8. Peter Kobelt, OSU
12. Jared Hiltzik, ILL
20. Farris Gosea, ILL
36. Leandro Toledo, MINN
45. Leonard Stakhovsky, PSU
53. Raleigh Smith, NU
67. Tim Kopinski, ILL
85. Alex Petrone, MICH
97. Ralf Steinbach, OSU
101. Dusty Boyer, NEB
103. Sam Monette, IND
118. Sam Shropshire, NU
121. Jonas Dierckx, IOWA
123. Oskar Wikberg, WIS

Doubles
2. Peter Kobelt/Kevin Metka, OSU
6. Tim Kopinski/Ross Guignon, ILL
14. Peter Kobelt/Ralf Steinbach, OSU
23. Russell Bader/Leonard Stakhovsky, PSU
35. Mathieu Froment/Jack Hamburg, MINN
36. Mihir Kumar/Raleigh Smith, NU
37. Barrett Franks/Alex Buzzi, MICH
44. Sam Monette/Daniel Bednarczyk, IND
61. Ricky Medinilla/Szymon Tatarczyk, PUR
68. Diego Acosta/Aaron Dujovne, PUR

The final ITA College Tennis Rankings, which were released on May 27, included Nine Big Ten teams. Following its run to the NCAA quarterfinals, Ohio State claimed the No. 5 spot. Illinois (No. 11) and Penn State (No. 24) joined Ohio State in the top 25, followed by Northwestern (No. 33), Michigan (No. 39) and Purdue (No. 42) in the top 50. Minnesota checked in at No. 54, with Michigan State (No. 62) and Indiana (No. 64) also within the top 65.

For the complete polls, click here.

In The Polls

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Eight Big Ten women's tennis players and 10 doubles pairs have been ranked nationally in the final ITA singles and doubles polls of the season, released on Wednesday. The complete list of Big Ten singles and doubles players can be found below. 

Singles
16. Emina Bektas, MICH
29. Ronit Yurovsky, MICH
36. Belinda Niu, NU
56. Veronica Corning, NU
96. Gabriella De Santis, OSU
105. Ruth Seaborne, IOWA
108. Sarah Lee, MICH
119. Amy Zhu, MICH

Doubles

19. Brooke Bolender/Emina Bektas, MICH
25. Veronica Corning/Alicia Barnett, NU
43. Ronit Yurovsky/Sarah Lee, MICH
58. Krisztina Kapitany/Mara Schmidt, PUR
59. Carolyn Chupa/Katie Klyczek, IND
62. Erin Faulkner/Marina Bohrer, MSU
63. Gabriella De Santis/Sandy Niehaus, OSU
68. Grainne O'Neill/Noelle Malley, OSU
88. Maddie Lipp/Nida Hamilton, NU
89. Sarah Lee/Amy Zhu, MICH

The final ITA College Tennis Rankings, which were released on May 27, included seven Big Ten women's tennis teams. Northwestern led all conference squads in the rankings, coming in at No. 15. Michigan joined Northwestern in the top 20, checking in at No. 17, followed by Ohio State (No. 37), Purdue (No. 43) and Illinois (No. 45) in the top 50. Indiana (No. 51) and Minnesota (No. 69) rounded out the Big Ten contingent.

For the complete polls, click 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.


Michigan softball standout Nicole Sappingfield was named a Senior CLASS Award First-Team All-American on Friday.

Sappingfield recently graduated from Michigan with a degree in comparative literature. She plans to attend law school in the fall and eventually focus on human rights issues.

An acronym for Celebrating Loyalty and Achievement for Staying in School®, the Senior CLASS Award focuses on the total student-athlete and encourages students to use their platform in athletics to make a positive impact as leaders in their communities. To be eligible for the award, a student-athlete must be classified as an NCAA Division I senior and have notable achievements in four areas of excellence: community, classroom, character and competition.

Just last week (May 22), Sappingfield was named an Academic All-America second team selection. Sappingfield is a three-time Academic All-Big Ten honoree (2012-13-14) and a three-time recipient of the U-M Athletic Academic Achievement Award.

In the community, Sappingfield was part of the Making Strides Against Breast Cancer walk each of her four seasons at Michigan. She also served as a clinician for the Michigan Softball Academy, a one-night fundraiser for the American Cancer Society. In 2014, the Academy raised more than $118,000 for ACS and the Making Strides organizations.

Sappingfield started 235 games over her four seasons and finished her career ranked fourth in U-M history with 190 runs scored, tied for fifth in career batting average at .355 and seventh with 271 hits.

Eight Big Ten women's track & field student-athletes earned first-team Capital One Academic All-District honors, as announced on Thursday. The honor recognizes the nation's top student-athletes for their combined performances athletically and in the classroom. The honorees are now eligible for Academic All-America consideration. The complete list of Academic All-District award recipients can be found below.

Academic All-District
District 5
Kelsie Ahbe, Indiana
Samantha Ginther, Indiana
Kiley Tobel, Michigan
Katie Borchers, Ohio State

District 6
Taylor Kirby, Wisconsin
Deanna Latham, Wisconsin
Taylor Zimprich, Wisconsin

District 7
Anne Martin, Nebraska

For the complete list of women's track & field honorees, click here.

Seven Big Ten men's track & field student-athletes earned first-team Capital One Academic All-District honors, as announced on Thursday. The honor recognizes the nation's top student-athletes for their combined performances athletically and in the classroom. The honorees are now eligible for Academic All-America consideration. The complete list of Academic All-District award recipients can be found below.

Academic All-District
District 5
Mason Ferlic, Michigan
Caleb Rhynard, Michigan State
Timothy Faust, Ohio State

District 6
Andrew Brekke, Wisconsin
Reed Connor, Wisconsin

District 7
Levi Gipson, Nebraska
Cody Rush, Nebraska

For the complete list of men's track & field honorees, click here.

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