May 5, 2006
Ohio State senior Ninett Kossowsky has been selected as the Big Ten Women's Rowing Athlete of the Year in a vote of the conference coaches as announced by the league office today. Wisconsin's Sarah Wrenshall earned Freshman of the Year accolades while Minnesota's Wendy Davis and Ohio State's Andy Teitelbaum shared Coach of the Year honors.
A 2006 first team All-Big Ten selection, Kossowsky sat in the fourth seat of the Buckeyes' First Varsity Eight boat and helped propel Ohio State to the conference crown at the Big Ten Rowing Championships last weekend at Minnesota. The Buckeyes are just the second team, along with Michigan, to hold more than one Big Ten rowing championship in the seven-year history of the event. Kossowsky has made three NCAA Championships Grand Final appearances while being a member of five Big Ten Boat of the Week squads. A two-time Academic All-Big Ten honoree and three-time OSU Scholar-Athlete, Kossowsky is the second Buckeye rower to earn conference Athlete of the Year honors along with Conny Kirsch (2002).
Wrenshall, a freshman from Pittsburgh, Pa., is the first Badger to claim Freshman of the Year laurels. She began her collegiate campaign rowing on the novice squad but was moved up to the First Varsity Eight team for the Big Ten Championships. Wrenshall sat in the seventh seat on the UW boat that finished first in the Petite final with a time of 6:56.3.
Davis collects her first Big Ten Coach of the Year honor in her sixth year as mentor of the Minnesota program. She guided the Gophers to a second-place finish at this year's championships, the best finish in program history. Minnesota captured the First and Second Varsity Four and the Second Novice Eight event titles and ended the day with 121 team points, just nine away from Big Ten Champion Ohio State. Teitelbaum claims his second postseason coaching honor as he was name Coach of the Year in 2002 after leading the Buckeyes to their first-ever Big Ten championship. This year, OSU claimed the team title with 130 points, including first-place finishes in the First and Second Varsity Eight races. His squads have participated in the NCAA Championships each year since its inception.