Big Ten Champions! No. 1 Buckeyes Win Third-Consecutive Title



May 17, 2015

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COLUMBUS, Ohio - No. 1 Ohio State won its third-consecutive Big Ten title at the 2015 Big Ten Rowing Championships Sunday morning at Eagle Creek Park in Indianapolis. The Buckeyes won six of seven finals on their way to a championship-record 186 points.

With its dominating victory, Ohio State becomes the first team in conference history to win three-consecutive Big Ten titles and now leads all schools with six conference crowns all-time after claiming its fourth title in five seasons. Boosted by an impressive win in the second varsity eight race, No. 12 Michigan finished second for the third year in a row with 162 points, followed in third by No. 8 Wisconsin with a team score of 140.

Ohio State's first varsity eight opened the morning with its third-consecutive Big Ten title. Holly Norton, Catherine Shields, Sarah K. Davis, Ashley Bauer, Stephanie Williams, Anna Ralph, Aina Cid Centelles, Rachel Engel and coxswain Sami Jurofsky pulled in front of Michigan at the 1,000-meter mark and led from that point on, holding off a late charge by the Wolverines to win in a time of 6:42.11. The 1V8 is 69-0 overall -- 24-0 in races -- since the start of the 2014 season, including 35-0 overall and 12-0 in races so far in 2015.

The Buckeye second varsity eight dropped a close contest to Michigan in the second race of the day. Chloe Meyer, Cassandra Johnson, Anne Dietrich, Allyson Baker, Annie Jachthuber, Laura Monteso Esmel, Bridget Verdeyen, MaryClare Stannard and coxswain Sarah Asad ran neck-and-neck with the Wolverines throughout the 2,000 meters, with Michigan crossing in 6:59.60 and the Buckeyes turning in a time of 7:02.29.
 
Ohio State and Michigan hit open water by the 1,000-meter mark in the preceding first varsity four race. Kelsey Albrinck, Anna Gackowski, Bridget Schodorf, Sandra Dinter and coxswain Kylie Soltis pulled in front of the Wolverines around 500 meters and went on to win by over six seconds with a time of 7:52.17. The victory was the fourth consecutive in the event for the Buckeyes at the Big Ten championships.

Sarah Peffley, Joan Darnell, Emily Markham, Casey Schaffer and coxswain Maggie Creely won the Buckeyes' second-consecutive Big Ten title in the second varsity four with a commanding 10-second victory over No. 1-seed Wisconsin. The five-person boat sounded the horn in a time of 7:59.29.

OSU won its third Big Ten title in the last four years and was victorious for the second day in a row in the first novice eight final. Stephanie Gase, Hanna Gottschalk, Bianca Piloseno, Catherine McNutt, Karen Somes, Morgan Hummel, Ashley Saba, Kaylee Koker and coxswain Rachel Kitay completed their race in 7:10.29, earning a narrow victory over No. 1-seed Wisconsin (7:11.46).

The first win of the season for the Buckeye third varsity four resulted in a Big Ten title. The No. 3 seed entering the final, Ohio State finished more than 13 seconds ahead of top-seeded Wisconsin. Sarah N. Davis, Chelsea Harpool, Rory O'Shaughnessy, Emily Caudle and coxswain Katelyn Carson posted a winning time of 8:10.19. Ohio State has won all three 3V4 titles contested at the Big Ten championships.

The Scarlet and Gray seized control early in the final race of the day, the second novice eight final. Erica Smith, Hannah Hites, Kelsey Tester, Kim Warriner, Elizabeth Spahr, Hannah Smith, Cynthia Jennings, Rachel Parker and coxswain Mia Francisco finished in a time of 7:27.06, seven seconds clear of second-place Michigan. The 2N8 win was the first for the Buckeyes in the 15 years the event has been contested at the championships.

Five Buckeyes earned All-Big Ten honors at the conclusion of the championships. Bauer, Norton and Shields were named First Team All-Big Ten, while Cid Centelles and Sarah K. Davis were named Second Team All-Big Ten. Ralph earned the Ohio State Sportsmanship Award.

BTN will air tape-delayed coverage of the 2015 Big Ten Rowing Championships May 24 at 6 p.m. ET. Dean Linke (play-by-play) and Kate Burdick (color commentary) will have the call. Check local listings for channel information.

Team Standings
1. Ohio State - 186 points
2. Michigan - 162
3. Wisconsin - 140
4. Indiana - 121
5. Minnesota - 88
6. Iowa - 79
7. Michigan State - 58
8. Rutgers - 24
 
ALL-BIG TEN TEAMS
First Team
Mera Dickensheets, Indiana
Beth Baustian, Iowa
Jessica Eiffert, Michigan
Alexandra Spaulding, Michigan
Sarah Kovacs, Michigan State
Rebecca Braak, Minnesota
Ashley Bauer, Ohio State
Catherine Shields, Ohio State
Holly Norton, Ohio State
Langley Oudemans, Rutgers
Stephanie Malchine, Wisconsin
 
Second Team
Becca Brougher, Indiana
Alice Wright, Indiana
Cristy Hartman, Iowa
Hannah Sherman, Michigan
Louisa Freeman, Michigan
Lori Comer, Michigan State
Lynn Hodnett, Minnesota
Sarah K. Davis, Ohio State
Aina Cid Centelles, Ohio State
Katie Dennis, Rutgers
Kristine Kammers, Wisconsin
 
Sportsmanship Award Honorees
Lindsey Barber, Indiana
Zoe Ribar, Iowa
Allison Boss, Michigan
Sarah Crosby, Michigan State
Brianna Boileau, Minnesota
Anna Ralph, Ohio State
Katie Dennis, Rutgers
Anne Rauschert, Wisconsin

Scoring Breakdown
First Varsity Eight - 72 points
Second Varsity Eight - 42
First Varsity Four - 24
Second Varsity Four - 16
First Novice Eight - 16
Second Novice Eight - 8
Third Varsity Four - 8
Total - 186 points

Updated 2015 Boat-by-Boat Record
1V8: 35-0/12-0
2V8: 33-2/10-2
1V4: 32-2/10-2
2V4: 29-2/9-2
3V4: 7-8/1-5
1N8: 26-4/8-4
2N8: 14-5/4-4

*Note: First record listed is determined by placement in final standings of races. Second record is strictly win/loss record by race.

Up Next
Ohio State competes at the 2015 NCAA Division I Rowing Championships May 29-31 in Sacramento, Calif. The field will be announced Tuesday, May 19 at 5 p.m. ET during the selection show streamed live at NCAA.com.