All Three Buckeye Boats Qualify for Saturday's A/B Semifinals
May 26, 2017

West Windsor, N.J. - The No. 4 Ohio State women's rowing team had a stellar first day of competition at the NCAA Championships. Racing on Mercer Lake in West Windsor, N.J., on Friday morning, the Scarlet and Gray's 1V8 and 1V4 won their heats, and the 2V8 picked up a second-place showing in their heat.

With those finishes, all three boats automatically advance to the A/B semifinals, which will take place Saturday morning. The A/B semifinals will be seeded later Friday afternoon after the completion of the repechages. Ohio State is one of five schools (Washington, California, Michigan and Texas) to have all three boats already entered in the A/B semifinals.

Six boats per heat will race in Saturday's A/B semifinals, and the Top 3 from those heats will advance to Sunday's grand finals (places 1-6), while the latter three will race in Sunday's petite finals (places 7-12).

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Entering the regatta as the fifth-highest rated boat, the First Varsity Eight got the Buckeyes started off on the right note by winning their race with a time of 6:11.15, which was more than a three-second gap over runner-up Princeton (6:14.18). The 1V8 is in pursuit of an unprecedented fourth-straight national title.

The Second Varsity Eight rowed right with California (6:17.13) for the first 1,500m of the race until the Golden Bears pulled away within the last 500m for the win. The Buckeyes maintained an open-water lead on Syracuse (6:27.20/third place) and Indiana (6:27.90/fourth place) for a majority of the race earning a runner-up finish with a time of 6:19.51.

The First Varsity Four followed the strokes of the 1V8 and closed out the morning session with a victory in fine fashion. The 1V4 was the runaway victor in the final Division I heat of the morning session with a time of 7:02.35, more than nine seconds better than Yale's (7:11.87) second-place time.

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1V8 Results - 9-4 W/L by Race, 36-4 Overall

  1. Ohio State - 6:11.15
  2. Princeton - 6:14.18
  3. Virginia - 6:16.71
  4. Notre Dame - 6:30.56
  5. Massachusetts - 6:31.83
  6. Navy - 6:35.74 

Cassandra Johnson
Anne Dietrich
Alice Riley
Bridget Schodorf
Aina Cid I Centelles
Rachel Engel
Stephanie Williams
Ida Kruse
Coxswain - Cassidy Jenney

2V8 Results - 8-5 W/L by Race, 32-7 Overall

  1. California - 6:17.13
  2. Ohio State - 6:19.51
  3. Syracuse - 6:27.20
  4. Indiana - 6:27.90
  5. Northeastern - 6:32.71 

Stephanie Gase
Catherine McNutt
Maddie Perrett
Sarah Peffley
Annie Jachthuber
Sandra Dinter
Morgan Hummel
Allyson Baker
Coxswain - Anjali Fernandes

1V4 Results - 9-4 W/L by Race, 35-4 Overall

  1. Ohio State - 7:02.35
  2. Yale - 7:11.87
  3. Northeastern - 7:20.45
  4. Washington State - 7:27.50
  5. Gonzaga - 7:28.07
  6. Massachusetts - 7:48.47 

Ashley Saba
Joan Darnell
Abby Ernst
Kaylee Koker
Coxswain - Helen Sudhoff