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.
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Madeline Davis is in her fourth season with the Buckeyes. 2017 will be her first season with the title of associate head coach after she was promoted in August of 2016. Davis joined the Buckeye staff after spending three seasons as the assistant lightweight women’s rowing coach at Stanford University.
Her third season in Columbus, history was made. For the third-straight season, Ohio State’s first varsity boat ran away with a national title, a feat that had never been accomplished in NCAA history. The 1V8 knocked off California in the final race of the season with a time of 6:19.04 to defeat the Bears by more than two seconds. Davis was an instrumental cog in helping Ohio State secure its fourth-straight conference titles receiving wins from the 1V8, 2V8, 1V4 and 3V4 boats.
In her second season with the Buckeyes in 2015, Ohio State became the first team in NCAA rowing history to win three consecutive national titles. Along with their historic third team title, the Buckeyes also claimed an individual national title in the first varsity eight, a runner-up finish from the Davis-coached second varsity eight, and fifth place in the first varsity four. The Scarlet and Gray also earned a third consecutive Big Ten title and conference-record sixth overall, winning six of seven events at the B1G regatta.
A national title was also won in 2014, the debut season for Davis in Columbus. 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. Ohio State also claimed the fifth Big Ten title in school history as the team posted wins in five grand finals.
At Stanford, Davis assisted the Cardinal lightweight eight to three consecutive national championships. 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 its 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.
Davis is a native of West Chester, Pa.