Ohio State Wins 2006 Big Ten Rowing Championship

April 29, 2006

ST. PAUL, Minn. - Led by its two varsity eight boats, Ohio State University won its second Big Ten Rowing Championship on Saturday at Lake Phelan.  The Buckeyes took first place finishes in each of the varsity eight races to build an insurmountable lead, finishing the day with 130 points.

Host Minnesota posted its best finish ever at the Big Ten Championships with a second place mark.  The Gophers ended the day with 121 points and three grand final victories.  Michigan State (113 points) just edged Michigan (112 points) for third place, while Wisconsin took fifth overall (88 points).  Iowa was sixth overall (45 points) and Indiana took seventh (34 points).

The format of the championship was altered slightly due to high wind conditions expected later in the day.  Preliminary heats started one hour early, while finals were moved up from noon to 9:30 a.m.  Additionally, the order of races was reversed.

In the I Varsity Eight grand final, Michigan jumped out to an early lead in the race holding a lead for much of the first half of the course.  By the 1000m mark, Ohio State had taken a lead and maintained it straight through to the finish.  The Buckeyes' winning time was 6:46.2, while the Wolverines finished second at 6:47.8.  Minnesota finished third in the event at 6:48.8, while Michigan State was fourth (6:52.4).  Wisconsin won the petite final with a time of 6:56.3, followed by Iowa and Indiana.

Ohio State won the II Varsity Eight grand final as well.  The Buckeyes fought off spirited challenges from both Michigan State and Michigan to place first in the event.  OSU's winning time was 6:55.0, while Michigan State and Michigan posted times of 6:56.0 and 7:00.7 respectively. Minnesota finished fourth in the grand final with a time of 7:05.5.  Wisconsin won the petite final with a time of 6:55.6.

Minnesota won the I Varsity Four grand final, outdistancing top-seeded Michigan State by just over a second.  The Gophers posted a 7:39.5 to the Spartans 7:40.6.  Wisconsin took third in the event (7:50.1), just edging Michigan at the end (7:50.6).  Ohio State won the petite final with a final time of 8:05.0.

The Gophers also won the II Varsity Four grand final with a 2.7 second edge over Ohio State.  Minnesota's winning time was 8:01.9, while OSU recorded a 8:04.6.  Michigan State (8:05.7) and Wisconsin (8:16.9) took third and fourth in the IIV4.  Michigan claimed the top spot in the petite final with a 8:20.9 time.

In the I Novice Eight grand final, Wisconsin earned the win by a large margin, posting a time of 7:06.5, nearly nine seconds ahead of second place Indiana (7:15.1).  Minnesota took third (7:18.6) while Michigan State finished fourth (7:22.5).  Michigan was tops in the petite final (7:22.6).

The last grand final of the day was in the II Novice Eight and Minnesota claimed its third grand final victory of the day.  The Gophers (7:21.0) posted the win over Wisconsin (7:25.1), Michigan State (7:33.4) and Michigan (7:38.3).  Iowa won the petite final with a time of 7:37.8.

In the preliminary races, Ohio State and Michigan each won their individual IV8 heats.  The Buckeyes faced a serious challenge from Minnesota throughout its heat, trailing the Gophers for much of the race, but edging them at the line by .3 seconds.  Michigan had a much easier time in its race, outdistancing second-place Michigan State by nearly three seconds.

In the IIV8 prelim, Michigan had a dominant effort in the first heat winning easily with a time of 6:56.3, while Michigan State won the second heat.  Ohio State and Minnesota also advanced to the grand final by virtue of their second place finishes.

Michigan State and Minnesota took top honors in the IV4 heats, and were joined by Wisconsin and Michigan in the grand final.  Michigan State, the top seed coming into the event, had the best heat time with a 7:43.8.

The Spartans also had the best finish in the IIV4 heats, posting an 8:00.3, while Ohio State won the other heat. Minnesota and Wisconsin were the runners-up in each heat.

Wisconsin won the first heat of the IN8 with a 7:08.7.  Michigan State prevailed in the second heat with a time of 7:16.3.  Minnesota and Indiana advanced to the grand final as well.  In the IIN8, Wisconsin again posted the best time (7:20.8), and was joined by Minnesota as heat winners for the event.  Joining those two in the grand final were Michigan and Michigan State.