Big Ten Rowing Championships Begin Saturday
April 29, 2005
The sixth Big Ten Rowing Championship is set for this Saturday on Lake Lemon at Riddle Point Park and is being hosted by Indiana University. The morning heats are scheduled to start at 8:15 a.m. with the finals scheduled to start at 12:15 p.m.
The University of Michigan has dominated the event, winning four of the first five championships including the last two. Ohio State is the only other school to have won the Championship, having done so in 2003. Here's a quick look at the participants in this year's championship.
Other top performances from Indiana boats include the I Varsity Four posting a win against Georgetown in late March. The IV8 boat also posted a win against Clemson on Mar. 19.
Iowa's top performance of the spring came at the Longhorn Invitational with five wins at the regatta including separate I Varsity Eight wins over Texas and Kansas State and a II Varsity Eight win over Kansas State as well.
Michigan will be hoping to repeat on its success of last hear, although not in quite as dramatic a way. At Iowa in 2004, Michigan found itself in the middle of the pack in the team standings entering the final two races, but swept the I and II Varsity Eights to claim its second straight Big Ten Championship and fourth in the past five years.
The Spartans come into the regatta with a good deal of confidence after its meet with Michigan, Iowa, and Wisconsin two weeks ago. MSU picked up seven first-place finishes in that event, with its I and II Novice Eight boats sweeping their races against the field. The I Varsity Four and II Varsity Eight boats also picked up wins over Michigan and Wisconsin, respectively.
Minnesota comes into the weekend with some momentum after picking up IV8 wins over UCLA and SMU last weekend, which earned the Gophers their second Boat of the Week honors of the season. The IV8 also has first place finishes against Iowa, Indiana, and Louisville this spring.
The Buckeyes IV8 is 5-1 this season against ranked opponents. Ohio State beat Virginia and Duke on Mar. 26. The Buckeyes also downed Brown and Michigan State and USC at home. The only loss of the season was against Michigan on Apr. 2.
In the team's most recent competition - a meet against Michigan and Michigan State - the II Varsity Eight and I Varsity Four swept the competition. The I Varsity Eight was beat by both schools, but was within three seconds of the No. 2 ranked Wolverines in their race.