It hardly seems fair to the rest of the country, really. Sunday morning saw the Ohio State women's rowing team claim its third consecutive Big Ten title, a feat that has never been accomplished within the conference before. The victory also marked the sixth conference title in program history, also a record within the B1G.
Over the course of the two-day Big Ten tournament, the Buckeyes established themselves as a team that was not to be trifled with. On Sunday, Ohio State claimed an absurd six out of seven races, racking up a championship record 186 points. Michigan, who coach Andy Teitelbaum acknowledged in the preseason would be tough competition for the Buckeyes, claimed the only race that Ohio State didn't, the Second Varsity 8. The Wolverines provided the toughest challenge for the Buckeyes in the most anticipated race, the First Varsity 8, but Ohio State held off a late surge to win by two seconds.
With this resounding conference title win, there should be little doubt that Ohio State is the favorite heading into the national championships. Those races will be held May 29-31 in Sacramento, CA, with the field being announced May 19 on a selection show that will be streamed live on NCAA.com (5 ET).