2017 Rowing Season In Review

June 14, 2017

NCAA Success
A trio of Big Ten teams placed in the top ten at the NCAA Championships at Lake Mercer in West Windsor, N.J. Michigan (112) took third place overall at the NCAA Championships, followed by Ohio State (106), Wisconsin (86), Indiana (62) and Iowa (54) in fifth, ninth, 12th and 15th places, respectively. For more information on the NCAA Championships, click here.

CRCA Regional Awards
University of Iowa head rowing coach Andrew Carter was named the Region 4 Coach of the Year by the College Rowing Coaches Association. The Coach of the Year Award recognizes head coaches who exhibited outstanding success during the current season, demonstrated great team improvement from the prior season, fulfilled their team's potential, and demonstrated a high level of professionalism and integrity as a coach. For more information, click here.

Division I Pocock All-American Award Winners 
The Collegiate Rowing Coaches Association (CRCA) announced the 2017 Pocock All- America award winners, with eight students from five Big Ten schools earning recognition. These awards recognize the outstanding performances of rowers and coxswains on the national level in women’s collegiate rowing. For more information, click here.

First Team
Kendall Brewer – University of Michigan
Ida Kruse – Ohio State University
Kate Wright – University of Michigan

Second Team
Emily Barber – Indiana University
Louisa Freeman – University of Michigan
Morgan Grastorf – University of Iowa
Kalia Krichko – University of Michigan
Maria Schmid – University of Wisconsin



Big Ten Record Five Schools Advance to NCAAs
A conference record five Big Ten teams were selected for the 2017 NCAA Division I Rowing Championships. Indiana, Iowa, Michigan, Ohio State and Wisconsin earned berths into the national event, marking the first time five conference teams earned championship berths and the eighth time in the last nine years at least four conference teams have participated in the NCAA Championships. For information on the NCAA Championships, click here.

Big Ten Buckeyes
Ohio State won its fifth consecutive Big Ten title, and eighth overall, at the 2017 Big Ten Rowing Championships at Eagle Creek Park in Indianapolis. The Buckeyes recorded 180 team points, earning a trio of first-place finishes and a pair of Big Ten Championships records. Michigan followed in second place with 179 points, collecting victories in the first novice eight (6:36.905), third varsity four (7:04.932), first varsity four (6:58.226) and the second varsity eight (6:14.503) races. The Wolverines’ third varsity four boat shattered the Big Ten Championships record time by a full 11 seconds, while their first varsity four edged the previous record by 1.914 seconds. Click here for more on the Big Ten Championships.

And the Awards Go To
The Big Ten Conference announced Wednesday its 2017 rowing individual award winners, as chosen by the conference coaches. Ohio State’s Ida Kruse was named Big Ten Athlete of the Year, while Michigan’s Tayla-May Bentley tabbed Freshmen of the Year laurels. Buckeye head coach Andrew Teitelbaum earned Coach of the Year honors. Click here for more information about the honorees. To see the All-Big Ten teams, click here.

In the Polls
Six Big Ten schools ranked among the top 20 in the latest CRCA/USRowing Coaches Poll. Michigan earned a No. 3 ranking, while Ohio State followed at No. 5, Wisconsin came in at No. 9, while Indiana, Iowa and Michigan State ranked 12th, 15th and 19th, respectively. To view the polls, click here.