Women's Rowing Final Release

The 2006 Women's Rowing season wrapped up with Big Ten teams competing at the NCAA Championships.

The 2006 Women's Rowing season wrapped up with Big Ten teams competing at the NCAA Championships.

June 5, 2006

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2006 NCAA Championships Review
With a fifth-place overall showing, Ohio State posted the best finish of the four Big Ten squads competing at the 2006 NCAA Women's Rowing Championships held May 26-28 at Mercer Lake in West Windsor, N.J. The Buckeyes ended up with 52 total points and tied with Washington State but finished in the No. 5 spot after placing fifth in the First Varsity Eight Grand Final behind the Cougars. Ties in team scoring were broken by finishes in the Varsity Eight Grand Final event. Michigan State placed a notch below OSU in sixth place with 40 points while Wisconsin scored 28 points for eighth place. Minnesota's First Varsity Eight was the lone squad to compete for the Gophers and finished second in the Petite Final with a time of 6:48.52.

Ohio State also had the best individual boat finishes for the conference in both the I Varsity Eight and I Varsity Four. The I Varsity Four finished third with a time of 7:45.78 in addition to the shell that placed fifth in the I Varsity Eight Grand Final in 6:49.31. The Buckeye's II Varsity Eight took third place behind Wisconsin's squad with a time of 6:54.96 compared to the Badgers' 6:54.66.

The Michigan State boat of Katie Bitz, Kate Williamson, Kathy Syrowik, Suzanna Buzzell, Christie Daiss, Jenna Peters, Ashley Johnson, Sarah Schmidt, Abby Wieber, captured the II Eights Petite Final after crossing the finish line in 6:57.22. The Spartans also finished sixth in both the I Varsity Eight and I Varsity Four Grand Finals with times of 6:51.22 and 7:54.03, respectively.

Wisconsin was the only Big Ten team to participate in the I Varsity Four Petite Final, taking second place with a time of 7:53.41 in addition to the Badger squad that finished third in the II Varsity Eight event in 6:54.66.

This year marked the third-consecutive time in conference history, and fourth overall, that four schools represented the Big Ten at the NCAA Championships, since rowing became a league sport in 2000.

Aramark Central/South Regional
All seven Big Ten rowing teams placed in the top 16 in the overall standings, including four in the top five, at the 2006 Aramark Central/South Region sprints held May 14-15 at Melton Hill Lake in Oak Ridge, Tenn. Ohio State led all conference teams as the Buckeyes captured their fourth-consecutive Central Regional title and finished first in the overall team standings with 366 points. Wisconsin (324), Michigan (317) and Michigan State (312) placed second, fourth and fifth, respectively. Minnesota (8th), Iowa (12th) and Indiana (16th) rounded out the BIg Ten representation.

Big Ten Championships
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).

Postseason Honors

All-America Teams

The Collegiate Rowing Coaches Association (CRCA) announced its All-America teams for the 2006 season on May 31. The awards, presented by Pocock, recognizes the outstanding accomplishments of female rowers and coxswains for the spring season.

First-Team Selections
Christen Brown MSU
Jennifer Barnes MINN
Ninett Kossowsky OSU

Second-Team Selections

Laura Lazaridis, IND
Ellen Tomek MICH
Annabelle Fago OSU
Kirby Gallie WIS

Central All-Regional Teams
Fourteen Big Ten women's rowing student-athletes were honored on May 23 as the Collegiate Rowing Coaches Association (CRCA) announced its 2006 All-Region teams.  Ohio State led all league squads with five All-Region selections.  Varsity eight boats ranked in the top six regionally received automatic selections for their respective nominees, while a coxswain was also selected from schools within each region for both first and second-team representation. 

First-Team Selections
Laura Lazaridis, IND
Ellen Tomek, MICH
Christen Brown, MSU
Jennifer Barnes, MINN
Annabelle Fago, OSU
Ninett Kossowsky, OSU 
Kirby Gallie, WIS   
Emily Simonds, WIS

Second-Team Selections
Stesha Carle, MICH 
Berit Tomten, MSU
Colleen Saville, OSU (coxswain)
Jessica Shepherd, OSU   
Beth Tompkins, OSU   
Kari Harmon, WIS  

All-Big Ten Teams
The 2006 Women's Rowing All-Conference Teams were announced on April 29 following the Big Ten Championships.

First-Team Selections
Laura Lazaridis, IND
Lydia McGee, IOWA
Stesha Carle, MICH
Janine Hanson, MICH
Christen Brown, MSU
Jennifer Barnes, MINN
Ninett Kossowsky, OSU
Annabelle Fago, OSU
Beth Tompkins, OSU
Emily Simonds, WIS

Second-Team Selections
Betsy Hibbard, IND
Kristin Kelly, IOWA
Cristin McCarty, MICH
Ellen Tomek, MICH
Beth Smith, MSU
Sarah Brady, MSU
Cheryl Wick, MINN
Katie Biese, MINN
Berit Tomten, MINN
Jessica Shepherd, OSU
Gabriele Albertaviciute, OSU
Kirby Gallie, WIS

2006 Big Ten Conference Individual Awards
Athlete of the Year:
Erin Robertson, MSU
Freshman of the Year: Anne Cowan, MSU
Coach of the Year: Matt Weise, MSU
  


 

 


 


 

 

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