BIG TEN CHAMPS!!!
— OSU Women's Rowing (@OhioState_WROW) May 18, 2014
The No. 2 Ohio State rowing team won it's second Big Ten championship in as many years today, finishing with a new B1G championship record 164 points at Indianapolis' Eagle Creek Park.
That's three titles for the Buckeyes in the last four years and the fifth in program history, tying Michigan for most ever in the Big Ten.
The first varsity eight of Aina Cid Centelles, Elodie Ravera, Eelkje Miedema, Ashley Bauer, Stephanie Williams, Catherine Shields, Holly Norton, Claire-Louise Bode and coxswaign Victoria Lazuer clinched the title for Ohio State, finishing in 6:29.37 to remain undefeated (9-0) on the season.
When I went to Ohio State in the early-to-mid 2000s, I knew girls who specifically went out for rowing because they thought it'd be a fun way to stay in shape/compete in a different sport than they had experienced in high school. Because of that, my impression of Buckeye women's rowing was that of a super intramural kind of thing, where they were literally picking people up off campus and putting them in boats.
That was wrong, and dumb. Ohio State rowing was and is a dedicated force of nature that continues not to mess around, having dominated the Big Ten as of late and making splashes (do ho ho ho) on the national scene with their performance.
Congrats ladies, and keep on kicking ass.