Big Ten Rowing Season in Review

June 4, 2012

The 2012 Big Ten rowing season came to a close at the NCAA Championships, where two conference boats claimed national titles and Michigan finished second in the team standings.

Two Teams Post Top-Five Finishes:
Two Big Ten squads recorded top-five finishes at the NCAA Championships, led by Michigan, which finished second overall with a team score of 82, just five points behind first-place Virginia. Ohio State finished fifth with 67 points. Wisconsin and Michigan State also competed at the event, as the Badgers finished 11th with 34 points, and the Spartans finished 16th with 15 points. This year marked the second time that Michigan finished second at the NCAA regatta, as the Wolverines also finished as runners-up in 2001. Click HERE for the full list of final team results.

Two Boats Claim National Titles:
The Michigan second varsity eight and Ohio State varsity four boats claimed national titles at the NCAA Championships, marking the third and fourth individual boat titles in Big Ten history. The finishes also marked the first time that multiple Big Ten boats won national championships in the same season. The Wolverines crossed the finish line in a time of 6:37.04, while the Buckeyes clocked in at 7:13.09. Click HERE for more information, including race recaps.

Four Big Ten Teams Make NCAA Field:
Four Big Ten teams, Michigan, Michigan State, Ohio State and Wisconsin, were selected to compete at the NCAA Championships, marking the fourth straight year those four squads competed in the field of 16. Ohio State leads the Big Ten with 13 NCAA appearances, while Michigan State is second with 12. Click HERE for more on Big Ten teams in the NCAA Championships.

Michigan Wins Big Ten Title:
Michigan won its fifth Big Ten title at the 2012 Big Ten Rowing Championships. The Wolverines were led by first-place efforts in the first and second varsity eight races, winning the team competition by just two points over Ohio State. Click HERE for more information on Michigan’s Big Ten title.

Wolverines Sweep Individual Awards:
Following the completion of the 2012 Big Ten Rowing Championships, a trio of Wolverines were honored with end-of-season awards. Michigan’s Felice Mueller was voted the Big Ten’s Athlete of the Year, while teammate Jessica Eiffert was named the conference’s Freshman of the Year, and Wolverine mentor Mark Rothstein was named Big Ten Coach of the Year. Click HERE for the complete release on the Big Ten’s individual award winners.

Nine Rowers Named All-Americans:
Nine Big Ten rowers were given All-America honors by the Collegiate Rowing Coaches Association (CRCA) at the conclusion of the season. Michigan’s Emily Eiffert and Felice Mueller, Michigan State’s Michelle Neuder, Ohio State’s Ulrike Denker and Wisconsin’s Kate Mansfield earned first-team status, while Indiana’s Asja Zero, Michigan’s Lindsey Healy and Colleen Macke and Ohio State’s Emily Walsh earned spots on the second team. Click HERE for the complete list of CRCA All-Americans.

Big Ten Coaches and Student-Athletes Earn Regional Honors:
Prior to the NCAA Championships, the CRCA announced that Michigan head coach Mark Rothstein was named its Central Regional Coach of the Year, while Wisconsin’s Megan Cooke-Carcagno was named the Central Regional Assistant Coach of the Year. In addition, Indiana’s Asja Zero, Iowa’s Annemarie Bernhard, Michigan’s Emily Eiffert, Lindsey Healy, Colleen Macke and Felice Mueller, Michigan State’s Michelle Neuder, Minnesota’s Molly Kalmoe, Ohio State’s Ulrike Denker and Emily Walsh and Wisconsin’s Vanessa Kleiss and Kate Mansfield were named first-team All-Region. Michigan’s Julia Darnton, Michigan State’s Amanda McGeachie and Breanne Walkowiak, Ohio State’s Claire Louise Bode and Allison Elber and Wisconsin’s Rachel Buchholz earned second-team honors. Click HERE for the complete list of CRCA All-Region selections.