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MSU Set for Big Ten Championships

May 10, 2018

2018 Big Ten Championships
 Date Sunday, May 13
 Location Indianapolis, Ind. - Eagle Creek Park
 Championship
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Big Ten Championship Central
 Live Stream BTN2Go
 Television Big Ten Network (tape delay)
May 20, 11 a.m. 
 Race Notes Michigan State 
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The Catch
Michigan State travels to Indianapolis, Indiana for the 2018 Big Ten Rowing Championships. 

The Format
The  2017 Big Ten Rowing Championship format will be an eight-lane, finals-only championship taking place on Sunday. 
 Racing begins on Sunday morning at 9 a.m., with racing going off on 20-minute centers.  The varsity eight race is at 11 a.m., with the awards ceremony scheduled for 12:30 p.m.

The Venue
Eagle Creek Park in Indianapolis serves as the neutral-site host course for the Big Ten Championships for the eighth time in Championship history, after campus sites were used from 2000-10.
 The 2,000-meter course on Eagle Creek Reservoir remains one of the country’s premiere venues. The Eagle Creek course has held more than a dozen USRowing National Championships (including the 2004, 2005 and 2006 events), numerous Olympic, Pam Am and National Team trial regattas as well as NCAA National Championships and regional collegiate, junior and masters events. Eagle Creek was the site of the 1994 World Rowing championships and also hosts high-school and collegiate regattas in the spring and the Head of the Eagle each October.

Recent History
The Spartans last won a Big Ten Championship in 2009, which was its second consecutive.  The Spartans finished second in 2010 and fourth in each year from 2011-13.  MSU finished fifth in 2014, and seventh in 2015 and 2016. The Spartan crew earned a sixth place finish in 2017 at the Championships.
 The 2012 championship snapped a streak of four consecutive gold medals in the varsity eight race for MSU, an unprecedented run - only Michigan had previously won back-to-back championships in that race in Big Ten Conference history, which dates back to the sport’s inception as a Big Ten sport in 2000. 

Strength of Schedule
Michigan State has lined up with some of the best crews in the country this season. Either in dual races or in the Oak Ridge Invitational, MSU has seen 13 of the CRCA Top 20 teams in the nation throughout the 2018 season. 

Big Life, Big Stage, Big Ten Network
BTN2Go will stream Sunday’s championship races live beginning at 9 a.m. ET. The Big Ten Network will air the Big Ten Rowing Championships on Sunday, May 20, at 11 a.m. ET.

Big Ten Championship History
Eight of the Big Ten’s 14 universities sponsor women’s rowing at the varsity level:  Indiana, Iowa, Michigan, Michigan State, Minnesota, Ohio State, Rutgers, and Wisconsin. 
 From 2011-14, the Big Ten Championships were a seven-race, finals-only event contested within a single day.  With the addition of an eighth program (Rutgers) for the 2015 season, the Championship returned to a format which runs semifinal heats on Saturday for boat classes with eight entries (both varsity eights, novice eights, and varsity fours).  On Sunday morning, petite and grand finals will be contested. 
 New for 2013 was the addition of a third varsity four race, with point values the same as the second novice eight race.  
 Because of the damage to the racecourse in 2017, the championships reverted to an eight-lane, finals-only regatta. Due to the success of the 2017 race, the Big Ten will feature the same format in 2018.
 
Big Ten Seedings
The Big Ten announced the seedings for the 2018 Championships earlier this week. The Spartan novice eight is the highest-seeded entry for Michigan State, earning the No. 2 seed.
 MSU’s varsity eight is the No. 6 seed, as is both the varsity four and second varsity four.  MSU earned a four seed in the third varsity four, and is the No. 5 seed in the second varsity eight and second novice eight.

Spartan Rowers Earn Spots at Selection Camps
Three Michigan State rowers have earned spots at the selection camps for Team USA at both the World Rowing Under 23 Championships and the World University Championships.
 Senior Nicole Marek will head to the U23 World Rowing Championships selection camp as a sculler, while sophomore Sophia Klein has been selected to compete in the World University Championships selection camp. Junior Meaghan Faucher was named to the U23 rowing camp waitlist as a sculler, but has chosen to join teammate Klein and compete for a spot at the World University Championships in August.
 Marek will head to the U23 camp in West Windsor, N.J. on Sunday, June 3 along with 34 sweep rowers, 12 scullers and four coxswains to earn a spot in their selected boats. The Championships will take place in Poznan, Poland July 25-29.
 Faucher and Klein will head to Ypsilanti, Michigan and the Eastern Michigan Women’s Boathouse to train for the World University Championships on May 31. The duo will compete at camp for spots on the boats, which will race in Shanghai, China August 10-12.

Head of the Charles
 Michigan State’s varsity eight has participated in the Head of the Charles in each of the last three years. The Spartans were 10th in the 2015 Regatta and finished 15th in 2016. In the 2017 Regatta, the MSU crew finished 25th among the 36th entries in the Championship Eights.    
 The eight who competed at the prestigious Head of the Charles in 2017 consisted of junior coxswain Hannah Worth; stroke Becca Uebele (Sr.), No. 7. Lindsey Klei (Sr.), No. 6 Meaghan Faucher, No. 5 Nicole Marek (Sr.), No. 4 Katherine Willis (So.), No. 3 Annie Cantu (So.), No. 2 Clare Sutka (Jr.), and Bow seat Kasidy Higgins (Sr.).
 Worth, Faucher, Klei, and Higgins all competed at the Head of the Charles last season, while Uebele and Marek made their third appearance at the race for the Spartans.

Excellence Continued
 Michigan State has a pair of alums that have continued rowing excellence past their undergraduate days. Emily Regan ‘10 was the bow seat in the US Women’s Eight that won gold in Rio in August of 2016.  Regan owns nine international medals in her seven years since joining the US Rowing program in Princeton: five gold and one silver medal from World Championships, one gold from the World Cup, and also earned a gold medal in the U23 eight in 2010. In 2013, Regan was a part of the US women’s eight that set a world-record time at World Rowing Cup III in Rotsee/Lucerne, Switzerland. That time of 5:54.160 is a record which still stands. Regan also competed in the World Championships in Bradenton, Florida in September, where her team finished fourth with a time of 6:09.250.
 Olivia Jamrog ‘15 is pursuing a masters degree at Cambridge University in London, and rowed  for Cambridge in the storied Boat Race, beating Oxford by 11 lengths.  She also rowed for Team USA at the 2015  U-23 World Championship. 

The Head Coach
With 21 years as a part of the Michigan State rowing program, Matt Weise has had a hand in shaping the Spartans for their entire varsity existence. The 2018 season is his 14th as the head coach after seven years as an assistant.
 Weise continually develops the nationally-recognized program, leading the team to its highest finish at the NCAA Championship and back-to-back Big Ten titles (2008, 2009). Weise has led the Spartans to seven NCAA appearances, three Big Ten championships and one Central Region title. Weise, a three-time Big Ten Coach of the Year, has also coached 11 All-Americans, five Big Ten Athletes of the Year, three Big Ten Freshmen of the Year and 12 Academic All-Americans.

Academic Honors
Twenty-seven individuals have qualified for Academic All-Big Ten honors. Student-Athletes must have a 3.0 cumulative grade-point average in their second academic year of residence at their institution.  Individuals who can expect this honor include Madelyn Bagley, Jordan Becker, Annie Cantu, Danielle Connery, Meaghan Faucher, Madison Glatz, Jennifer Gmeiner, Abigail Hampton, ReBecca Harmon, Claire Hesseltine, Kasidy Higgins, Camilla Inman, Samantha Jabara, Lindsey Klei, Sophia Klein, Megan Lindsey, Emily Mall, Nicole Marek, Colleen McConnell, Halle Nielsen, Samantha Rogers, Clare Sutka, Johanna Uckele, Becca Uebele, Katherine Willis, Monica Wimbush and Hannah Worth.

Tidbits
• MSU has had four Big Ten Athletes of the Year, and four straight winners from 2008-11. 
• Michigan State’s varsity eight won four consecutive Big Ten gold medals (2008, 2009, 2010, 2011). 
• Michigan State, Michigan and Ohio State are the only three schools to produce a varsity eight championship since the Big Ten began in 2000. 
• MSU’s roster features athletes from nine states as well as four international athletes from New Zealand, British Columbia, the United Kingdom and England. 

 

 

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