April 27, 2009
Complete Big Ten Seedings
EAST LANSING, Mich. - The No. 3 Michigan State rowing team saw two of its boats earn top seeds at this year's Big Ten Championship Regatta, as announced by the Big Ten office on Monday. Both the Spartans' varsity eight and second varsity eight have been named No. 1 seeds at the Championships, which will be held Saturday on Griggs Reservoir in Columbus, Ohio. Additionally, MSU has moved to No. 3 in this week's Collegiate Rowing Coaches Association/USRowing (CRCA) poll, tying the best rank in program history; the last time MSU was ranked third was in 2005 after winning the Big Ten title. The Spartans' top-seeded varsity eight is also undefeated heading into the Big Ten Championships for the first time in program history and is ranked first overall in the cMax rankings, which ranks the fastest crews in the nation.
The Spartans' varsity four, the remaining of the three NCAA boats, has been tabbed as the No. 3 seed in its heat after winning five of its eight races during the regular season. The novice boats were also seeded highly as well, highlighted by the second novice eight, which earned the No. 2 seed in its heat. The Spartans' first novice eight was seeded third. The second varsity four is the lowest seed for the Spartans at the competition at No. 4.
This is the second consecutive season that the Spartans' varsity eight has been tabbed as the No. 1 seed at the event. The crew swept through the regular season by winning all eight of its races, giving them an unblemished record heading into the Big Ten Championships for the first time in program history. The top-seeded second varsity eight was almost as impressive, winning seven of its eight races during the regular season; its only loss came to No. 12 Washington State, despite being ahead by six seats at the 1,000-meter mark.
In all, the three NCAA boats - the varsity eight, the second varsity eight and the varsity four - won 17 of 21 races during the regular season, prompting the Spartans' move to No. 3 in the national poll. MSU trails only California and Yale in this week's survey and ranks ahead of each of the remaining six Big Ten teams; Michigan (No. 4) is the only other Big Ten team to rank in the top five.
The 2009 Big Ten Championships will be held this Saturday, starting at 8 a.m. with the second novice eight race.