No. 1 Ohio State Dominates at the Big Ten/ACC Challenge



April 4, 2015

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COLUMBUS, Ohio -- No. 1 Ohio State put on a dominating performance Saturday at the Big Ten/ACC Challenge in Charlottesville, Va., earning three victories against No. 4 Virginia while finishing 5-0 against Clemson.

The Buckeyes battled challenging conditions on Lake Monticello throughout the day, fighting 18-20 mile per hour tailwinds and whitecaps over most of the course. Facing rough waters, Ohio State's top boats -- the first varsity eight, second varsity eight and first varsity four -- finished a perfect 6-0 on the day to improve to 12-0 overall on the season.

Ohio State opened the morning session against UVA with three-consecutive victories. The 1V8 -- Chloe Meyer, Aina Cid Centelles, Anna Ralph, Stephanie Williams, Ashley Bauer, Sarah K. Davis, Catherine Shields, Holly Norton and coxswain Kylie Soltis -- got things started with an impressive time of 6:06.7, finishing three seconds clear of the Cavaliers (6:10.1).

Sarah Peffley, Bridget Schodorf, Anna Gackowski, Anne Dietrich and coxswain Sarah Asad were next on the water for the Scarlet and Gray in the varsity four race. In the closest contest of the day, the 1V4 edged Virginia by six-tenths of a second to take the win (7:03.2-7:03.8).
 
The second varsity eight finished more than five seconds ahead of the Cavaliers. Laura Monteso Esmel, Bridget Verdeyen, MaryClare Stannard, Annie Jachthuber, Cassandra Johnson, Rachel Engel, Allyson Baker, Kelsey Albrinck and coxswain Sami Jurofsky crossed the finish line in a time of 6:25.9.

Virginia would respond with wins in a combined third varsity eight/first novice eight race, along with the second varsity four. Ohio State's first novice eight -- Rachel Parker, Ashley Saba, Caroline Gaker, Karen Somes, Morgan Hummel, Catherine McNutt, Bianca Piloseno, Hanna Gottschalk and coxswain Rachel Kitay -- posted a time of 6:46.4, while the second varsity four -- Casey Schaffer, Emily Markham, Emily Caudle, Sandra Dinter, coxswain Maggie Creely -- completed its race in a time of 7:25.5.

Ninth-ranked Michigan helped the Buckeyes and Cavaliers close the morning session as the teams battled in third varsity four and fourth varsity eight/second novice eight races. Hailey Tiarks, Rory O'Shaughnessy, Chelsea Harpool, Lindsey Brown and coxswain Dani Figliuolo placed third in the 3V4 in a time of 7:45.4, while the Buckeye 2N8 -- Cynthia Jennings, Brittany Trischan, Elizabeth Spahr, Kaylee Koker, Hannah Smith, Hannah Hites, Erica Smith, Stephanie Gase and coxswain Mia Francisco -- finished a close second behind Virginia's 4V8 in the 4V8/2N8 competition (7:02.5).

Following a three-hour break, Ohio State returned to the water to battle Clemson. In the first race, Ohio State's novice eight earned a win over the Clemson third varsity four. The Buckeyes crossed the line in 6:50.0, 22 seconds ahead of the Tigers. The 2V4 earned a split for the day in the following race, finishing in a time of 7:26.8, nearly 18 seconds clear of its opponent.

OSU, UVA and Michigan would return to the water to compete once again in third varsity four and fourth varsity eight/second novice eight races. This time, the 3V4 finished second behind Virginia in 7:37.9, while the 2N8 placed third overall in 6:37.1.

The Buckeyes and Tigers resumed competition beginning with the first varsity four race. With a winning time of 7:28.8, Ohio State crossed the line 18 seconds ahead of Clemson.

The varsity eights closed the day in impressive fashion for the Scarlet and Gray. The 2V8 moved its record to 37-3 since 2012 with a 13-second victory (6:29.5-6:42.4), while the 1V8 ran its unbeaten streak to 16-0 since the start of the 2014 season as it cruised to a first-place time of 6:25.0, 15 seconds clear of the Tigers.

Boat-by-Boat Record
1V8: 2-0 (4-0 in 2015)
2V8: 2-0 (4-0 in 2015)
1V4: 2-0 (4-0 in 2015)
2V4: 1-1 (3-1 in 2015)
3V4: 0-2 (0-4 in 2015)
1N8: 1-1 (2-2 in 2015)
2N8: 0-2 (1-3 in 2015)

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