May 11, 2012
The University of Minnesota rowing team heads to the Big Ten Championships Sunday, May 13, in Indianapolis, Ind. The Golden Gophers will compete at Eagle Creek Park as the Indianapolis Rowing Center hosts the event. The schedule of events for the Big Ten Championships are as follows (weather permitting):
BIG TEN CHAMPIONSHIPS SCHEDULE
9:00 a.m. ET - II Novice Eights
9:20 a.m. ET - I Novice Eights
9:40 a.m. ET - II Varsity Fours
10:00 a.m. ET - I Varsity Fours
10:20 a.m. ET - II Varsity Eights
10:40 a.m. ET - I Varsity Eights
12:00 p.m. ET - Awards Presentation
OUT WITH THE OLD, IN WITH THE NEW
The 2012 Big Ten Championships mark the second-straight year in which the event will not be broken into morning and afternoon sessions. Previously, a morning heat determined the Finals each boat would be placed (Petite or Grand). As in 2010-11, a seven-lane course has been established to see who can sprint to the finish line first. The 2012 championships also mark the second-straight season in which the event has been hosted a neutral location, held in Indianapolis. Minnesota hosted the Big Ten Championships once, dating back to 2006 where it finished second overall.
BIG TEN POINTS SYSTEM
The Big Ten Championships are based on a point system. Each team will earn points by their placing in an event. The first varsity eight will receive the most points. The winner of the 1V8 race will earn 63 points, followed by the second-place team with 54 points. The full breakdown of points is listed below:
Event - Points (From first to last)
1st Varsity Eight - 63, 54, 45, 36, 27, 18, 9
2nd Varsity Eight - 42, 36, 30, 24, 18, 12, 6
1st Varsity Four - 21, 18, 15, 12, 9, 6, 3
2nd Varsity Four - 14, 12, 10, 8, 6, 4, 2
1st Novice Eight - 14, 12, 10, 8, 6, 4, 2
2nd Novice Eight - 7, 6, 5, 4, 3, 2, 1
BIG TEN AND THE RANKINGS
Six Big Ten teams are ranked or receiving votes in the latest national poll, led by Ohio State, who is ranked fourth and is receiving first-place votes. Michigan is fifth, followed by No. 9 Wisconsin, No. 14 Michigan State and No. 18 Minnesota. Indiana is receiving one vote in the poll.
Minnesota's first varsity eight is seeded fifth overall for the Big Ten Championships Sunday. The first novice eight is the Gophers' highest seed at No. 2, while the first varsity four received the third seed in its event. Along with the 1V8, the second varsity eight and second novice eight boats are also the fifth seeds at the championships.
As Minnesota gears up for the Big Ten Championships, the Gophers will keep a majority of their lineups the same as in the dual against Wisconsin on April 29. The first varsity eight will be made up of coxswain Emilie Sabourin, Ellen Hughs, Molly Kalmoe, Ali Haws, Katherine Windsor, Lynn Hodnet, Rebecca Braak, Becky Kinchen and Rachel Sartor. In the 2V8, it will be Sara Baldvins as the coxswain, , Kathryn Switalski, Christine Beauparlant, Kayla Thom, Tabitha Andelin, Caitlin Boon, Sarah Sobek, Maddy Bourgeois and Katie Anderson. The first varsity four will be coxswain Jacqueline Stein, Leah Rogotzke, Nicolette Marquardt, Jaime Friscia and Katherine Moran, while the second varsity four will be coxswain Rachael Rogers, Chelsea Miller, Melissa Drezdzon, Alexandria Voss and Erica Revering. Racing in the Big Ten Championships for the first time will be coxswain Danica Rog, Haylee Davis, Samantha Otterson, Anna Swanson, Kathleen Charley, Silvia Coleman, Kalee Kemmesat, Mary Prior and Shannon Boardway in the first novice eight, and coxswain Paige Burgeson, Amy VanHeel, Ashley Fink, Eleanor Ludkey, Amanda Lueck, Sarah Schulte, Aleah Laughlin, Jana Wisniewski and Caitlyn Slawny in the second novice eight.
2011 BIG TEN RECAP
The Minnesota rowing team finished fifth at the 2011 Big Ten Championships, hosted by the Indianapolis Rowing Center in Indianapolis, Ind. Racing at Eagle Creek Park, Ohio State claimed an 18-point margin of victory over second-place Michigan, and a 21-point margin over third-place Wisconsin, to win the 2011 Big Ten Championship title. Along with its fifth-place finish, two Golden Gophers earned All-Big Ten honors. Cassie Drozynski garnered All-Big Ten First Team honors, while Tracy Merth was named Second Team All-Big Ten. Teresa Logemann was also Minnesota's recipient of the Big Ten Sportsmanship Award.
GOPHERS' HISTORY AT BIG TENS
Minnesota started competition in the Big Ten Championships back in 2001 when it became a varsity program. Minnesota won its first Big Ten Championships in 2007, winning four of six races and 150 points. Michigan has the most Big Ten titles with four, followed by Michigan State and Ohio State with three and the Gophers and Wisconsin with one. Here's a breakdown of the Gopher team finishes:
Year - Big Ten Finish
2001 - Sixth (18 points)
2002 - Fifth (78 points)
2003 - Sixth (61 points)
2004 - Fifth (78 points)
2005 - Fifth (73 points)
2006 - Second (121 points)
2007 - First, Big Ten Champions (150 points)
2008 - Fourth (104 points)
2009 - Sixth (59 points)
2010 - Fifth (66 points)
2011 - Fifth (68 points)
MINNESOTA'S BIG TEN EVENT CHAMPIONS
Dating back to its start in the conference Minnesota has had 10 event champions since 2001. Although the Gophers haven't won a First Varsity Eight, the Second Varsity Eight walked away with a title championship in 2007. It was the same year the Gophers won the national title in the 2V8 at the NCAA Championships in Tennessee. The Gophers have also won two events in the Varsity Four (2006 and 2007) and three in the Second Varsity Four (2006, 2007 and 2010). The Gophers' novice boats have flourished as well, winning three in the 1N8 (2004, 2005 and 2007), while another one in the 2N8 (2006).
BIG TEN CHAMPIONSHIPS ON BTN
The Big Ten Network will broadcast the rowing championships on Saturday, May 26 at 11 a.m. ET. The 2012 season marks the fifth season of the Big Ten Network, broadcasting all conference championships and a variety of Big Ten sports.
GOPHERS EARN BOAT OF THE WEEK HONORS
The University of Minnesota's first varsity four garnered Co-Big Ten Boat of the Week honors on March 20 for its performance at the season-opening Oak Ridge Invitational. The Golden Gophers shared the week's accolade with Indiana's first varsity eight.
During the event, the 1V4 claimed two victories and one runner-up finish racing against Buffalo, Kansas, Notre Dame, Virginia and Duke.
Made up of coxswain Jacqueline Stein, Nicolette Marquardt, Jaime Friscia, Chelsea Miller and Melissa Drezdzon, the first varsity four defeated second-place Buffalo by 14 seconds in 7:17.30 in the morning session, before Stein, Miller, Friscia, Marquardt and Sarah Sobek did the same in the afternoon session. The squad finished 14.28 seconds ahead of the Fighting Irish with a time of 7:13.20 to claim first-place honors. Stein, Miller, Friscia, Marquardt and Drezdzon concluded the Oak Ridge Invitational by defeating Duke with a time of 7:13.75 for second place behind Virginia. Minnesota last earned a Big Ten Boat of the Week accolade on March 22, 2011, when the second varsity eight was honor by the conference.
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