Big Ten Announces Rowing Individual Award Winners

Ohio State's Catherine Shields was tabbed Co-Freshman of the Year with Michigan State's Katie Cromie.

May 22, 2013

Park Ridge, Ill. -

The Big Ten Conference office announced on Wednesday the rowing individual award winners, as chosen by the conference coaches. Ohio State’s Claire-Louise Bode was named Big Ten Athlete of the Year, while teammate Catherine Shields was tabbed Co-Freshmen of the Year with Michigan State’s Katie Cromie. Buckeye head coach Andy Teitelbaum earned Coach of the Year laurels.

Bode becomes the third Buckeye to win Athlete of the Year and first since Ninett Kossowsky in 2006. The junior from Johannesburg, South Africa sat in the No. 8 seat for the Buckeyes as they emerged victorious in the first varsity eight race last weekend, leading Ohio State to the Big Ten title.

Cromie is the fifth Spartan to claim Freshman of the Year honors and the first since Laura Cowal in 2008. The County Fermanagh, Northern Ireland native sat in the No. 8 seat in Michigan State’s first varsity eight boat.

Shields is the third Buckeye to take home Freshman of the Year recognition and first since Annabelle Fago in 2004. The Rangiora, New Zealand native sat in the No. 8 seat for the Buckeyes as they won the second varsity eight race last weekend, helping Ohio State to the Big Ten title.

Teitelbaum wins Big Ten Coach of the Year honors for the fourth time in his career and the second in the last three years. He guided the Buckeyes to their fourth Big Ten Championship on the strength of five first-place finishes for 160 points, a championships record.

The Big Ten announced the members of the All-Big Ten teams following the conclusion of the championships last Sunday. Five Ohio State rowers were named to the All-Conference teams, the most of any team in the Big Ten. Michigan had four selections and Wisconsin had three.

The conference office also announced honorees from each team for the Big Ten Sportsmanship Award. The seven student-athletes chosen are individuals who have distinguished themselves through sportsmanship and ethical behavior. In addition, the student-athletes must be in good academic standing and have demonstrated good citizenship outside of the sports-competition setting. These student-athletes are now candidates for the Big Ten Sportsmanship Award, as the conference office will honor one male and one female student-athlete from each institution at the end of the school year.



The complete list of All-Big Ten teams, individual award winners and sportsmanship honorees can be found below.

Athlete of the Year:
Claire Louise-Bode, Ohio State

Co-Freshmen of the Year:
Katie Cromie, Michigan State
Catherine Shields, Ohio State

Coach of the Year:
Andy Teitelbaum, Ohio State


First Team

Madelyn Shields, Indiana
Katy Kroll, Iowa
Melisa Ongun, Michigan
Shannon Stief, Michigan
Katie Cromie, Michigan State
Cassie Drozynski, Minnesota
Claire-Louise Bode, Ohio State
Allison Eber, Ohio State
Rixt Medima, Ohio State
Kendall Schmidt, Wisconsin

Second Team

Asja Zero, Indiana
Laura Hallman, Iowa
Kate Grimaldi, Michigan
Bryna Oleshansky, Michigan
Nora Hannum, Michigan State
Christine Beauparlant, Minnesota
Corrine Meinert, Ohio State
Holly Norton, Ohio State
Amy Slesar, Wisconsin
Monica Whitehouse, Wisconsin


Olivia Gugliemotto, Indiana
Louise Bensz, Iowa
Colleen Macke, Michigan
Laura Moore, Michigan State
Sarah Sobek, Minnesota
Chloe Meyer, Ohio State
Melanie Moranski, Wisconsin