Photos by Walt Middleton Photography
Ohio State gathered to celebrate its 2014 national championship Sunday, Sept. 7, at The Blackwell.
Gene Smith & several Buckeye student-athletes spoke Thursday morning at the GCSC Morning Sports Report.
Madeline Davis is in her second season as an assistant coach with the Ohio State women's rowing team. Davis joined the Buckeye staff after spending three seasons as the assistant lightweight women's rowing coach at Stanford University.
Davis helped Ohio State make history in her first season in Columbus in 2014 as the Buckeyes won their second-consecutive national title, becoming the fifth team to win back-to-back NCAA championships and the first since Brown in 2008. With gold medal finishes in the first varsity eight and second varsity eight, the Buckeyes became the fourth team in NCAA history to win both events at the national regatta in the same year. Five Buckeyes on the 2014 squad -- Claire-Louise Bode, Victoria Lazur, Holly Norton, Ashley Bauer and Catherine Shields -- were named All-Americans, with Shields also collecting Ohio State Female Athlete of the Year and Big Ten Rowing Athlete of the Year honors. A fifth Big Ten title in school history was also won by the Buckeyes as the team posted five varsity wins en route to 164 points and a comfortable victory.
At Stanford, Davis assisted the Cardinal lightweight eight to three-consecutive national championships, most recently capturing a national title at the 2013 IRA national championships in June 2013. She coached nine student-athletes to Pocock Lightweight All-America honors.
Davis also coached three lightweight boats with the 2013 U.S. Under-23 National Team. The Lightweight Women's 4x, 2x and 1x all qualified for the 2013 Under-23 World Rowing Championships held in Linz, Austria.
Prior to her time with Stanford and the U.S. National Team, Davis spent a season as the head coach of Girls' Varsity Crew at The Hun School of Princeton in New Jersey. While there, she coached the Varsity 4+ to an undefeated dual season and their first invitation to the US Rowing youth national championships in nearly a decade. Davis also assisted with coaching duties for the Mercer Junior Rowing Club and the Carnegie Lake Rowing Association.
Davis holds experience as a lightweight rower at both the collegiate and international level. At Princeton University, she was a four-year varsity letterwinner, three-year member of the lightweight varsity eight and an Eastern Sprints and IRA champion. Davis served as the team captain during her senior season, garnering All-America honors. After graduation in 2009, Davis competed for the United States National Team at the Under-23 World Rowing Championships in the Lightweight 2x.