2007 Big Ten Rowing Championships Seeds Announced
April 23, 2007
PARK RIDGE, Ill. - Three of the seven conference rowing programs have claimed top seeds for the 2007 Big Ten Women's Rowing Championships, the conference office announced Monday. The eighth annual event, hosted by the University of Wisconsin, is set for Saturday, April 28, on Lake Wingra in Madison, Wis.
Ohio State earned the top seed in the I Varsity Eight division, as the Buckeyes look to repeat as the overall Big Ten champion. The crew is currently ranked No. 3 in the nation in the USRowing/Collegiate Rowing Coaches Association poll. The squad earned Big Ten Boat of the Week honors in back-to-back weeks on March 26 and April 2.
Minnesota secured the No. 1 seed in both the II Varsity Eight and I Varsity Four divisions. The Golden Gophers are currently 11th in the country as a team and have been the recipient of three Boat of the Week selections this year. The II Varsity Eight crew earned the season's first weekly award, while Minnesota's I Varsity Eight has captured the accolade twice.
Wisconsin, the host of this year's Big Ten Championships, garnered the top seed in both the II Varsity Four and I Novice Eight boats. The Badgers have finished first at the Big Ten Championships twice in each the II Varsity Four (2001, 2005) and I Novice Eight (2003, 2006).
No seedings were given for the II Novice Eight division. Since there were no entries for Michigan State or Indiana, lane assignments for the five-boat morning heat were be determined by a blind draw. The order of finish from the morning heat will be used to determine lane assignments for the final.
In addition to Ohio State and Minnesota ranked in the latest national rankings, Wisconsin and Michigan are 15th and 16th, respectively, while Michigan State is 20th. Michigan has won the most conference titles in the seven-year history of the event with four - 2000, 2001, 2003 and 2004, while Ohio State (2002, 2006) has claimed two titles and Michigan State has won once (2005).
Complete 2007 Big Ten Championships seeds are as follows:
II Varsity Eights:
II Varsity Fours:
II Novice Eights: