No. 2 Buckeyes Place All Three Crews in NCAA A/B Semifinals

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May 27, 2016

COLUMBUS, Ohio – The No. 2-ranked Ohio State women's rowing team advanced all three of its crews to A/B semifinal heats during the first day of competition at the 2016 NCAA Division I Rowing Championships Friday morning at the Sacramento State Aquatic Center in Gold River, Calif. The First Varsity Eight and Second Varsity Eight advanced after earning first-place finishes in their respective heats, while the First Varsity Four moved on after claiming a runner-up finish in its section.

The Top-2 crews from each first-round heat on Friday automatically advanced to the A/B semifinals, which begin at 11:36 a.m. ET Saturday morning. Ohio State was one of five teams to advance all three of its boats directly to the A/B semifinals from preliminary heats, along with No. 1 California, No. 3 Virginia, No. 6 Stanford and No. 8 Texas. Other championship contenders, including No. 4 Brown, No. 5 Princeton and No. 7 Washington, will have an opportunity to secure spots in the A/B semifinals in repechage (second chance) races Friday afternoon – the Top-2 crews in each repechage earn placement in the A/B semifinals, while the remaining crews are slotted in C/D semifinals.

Ohio State's First Varsity Eight avenged its only loss of the season against Brown in the opening race of the morning. Seizing the lead by the 1,000-meter mark, the No. 3-seed Buckeyes – Sarah Davis, Catherine Shields, Stephanie Williams, Anne Dietrich, Cassandra Johnson, Anna Ralph, Alice Riley, Rachel Engel and coxswain Sarah Asad – maintained a comfortable lead over the Bears for the duration of the race, crossing in a time of 6:19.19, the third-best time overall in preliminary competition.

The third-seeded Second Varsity Eight seized control of its race after the 500-meter mark and cruised to a comfortable victory over Princeton and the rest of the field. Allyson Baker, Morgan Hummel, MaryClare Stannard, Bridget Verdeyen, Sandra Dinter, Bridget Schodorf, Sarah Peffley, Ida Kruse and coxswain Kylie Soltis closed with a time of 6:28.75, the second-fastest time overall in preliminary heats.

Catherine McNutt, Annie Jachthuber, Hanna Gottschalk, Kaylee Koker and coxswain Maggie Creely finished second in the final First Varsity Four heat of the morning session with a time of 7:22.52. Washington, racing out of lane one, got an early lead on the No. 5-seed Buckeyes it would not relinquish, but the Scarlet and Gray finished comfortably ahead of the other four boats.

First Varsity Eight - Heat 3
1. Ohio State - 6:19.19
2. Brown - 6:23.88
3. Wisconsin - 6:29.52
4. Duke - 6:41.92
5. UCF - 6:46.27
6. Jacksonville – 7:14.90

Second Varsity Eight - Heat 3
1. Ohio State - 6:28.75
2. Princeton - 6:37.19
3. Duke - 6:41.53
4. Michigan - 6:43.17
5. Navy – 7:10.75
6. Jacksonville - 7:33.03

First Varsity Four - Heat 4
1. Washington - 7:18.99
2. Ohio State - 7:22.52
3. Duke - 7:36.74
4. USC - 7:38.71
5. Rhode Island – 8:02.67
6. UCF - 8:06.65

Updated 2016 Boat-by-Boat Record
1V8: 37-1/11-1
2V8: 34-4/8-4
1V4: 30-7/6-6

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