No. 1 Ohio State Wins All Six Races Saturday in Regular Season Finale
April 25, 2015
COLUMBUS, Ohio - No. 1 Ohio State won all six races Saturday morning in its regular-season finale against No. 13 Michigan, No. 17 Syracuse and Michigan State at Griggs Reservoir on the Scioto River.
Crews faced scattered showers and a slight crosswind out of the east throughout much of the morning and afternoon. The regatta served as a preview of the racing setup for the upcoming conference and national championships as teams competed four wide with rotating lanes.
The Scarlet and Gray gained early momentum as the second novice eight won its race in a time of 7:01.9, nearly 10 seconds faster than runner-up Syracuse. The Buckeyes hit open water with about 500 meters remaining in the race and cruised to the finish line.
Ohio State and Michigan State separated from the rest of the field early in the first novice eight contest and raced neck-and-neck for the duration. The Spartans led for much of race before the Buckeyes took the lead over the final 500 meters to win by three seconds (6:58.3-6:51.00).
Five boats competed in the subsequent race, a combined second varsity four/third varsity four competition. The Buckeye second varsity four sounded the horn first overall in a time of 7:26.9, seven seconds clear of the Michigan 2V4. Ohio State's third varsity four was fifth in a time of 7:48.00.
The first varsity four contest was a tight affair between the Buckeyes and Wolverines. OSU held a slim advantage for much of the race, ultimately finishing four seconds ahead of UM with a time of 7:24.5.
Rain and wind picked up prior to the start of the second varsity eight race, but OSU managed to weather the storm and the opposition, winning by nearly eight seconds. The boat crossed the line in a time of 6:36.1.
In the final race of the day, the first varsity eight capped an undefeated regular season with a winning time of 6:19.8, five seconds faster than second-place Michigan. The 1V8 closes the regular season 10-0 in races and 27-0 overall. The boat is 22-0 in races and 61-0 overall since the start of the 2014 season.
Ohio State now has two open weekends prior to the 2015 Big Ten Championships in Indianapolis May 16-17. OSU is the two-time defending B1G champion and will be competing for a record sixth conference crown.
Coxswain Katelyn Carson (novice)
Coxswain Rachel Kitay
1V8: 1-0 (10-0 in 2015)
2V8: 1-0 (9-1 in 2015)
1V4: 1-0 (8-2 in 2015)
2V4: 1-0 (8-2 in 2015)
3V4: 0-1 (0-5 in 2015)
1N8: 1-0 (6-4 in 2015)
2N8: 1-0 (3-4 in 2015)