No. 2 Ohio State Advances All Crews to NCAA Grand Finals

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May 28, 2016

COLUMBUS, Ohio –
The No. 2-ranked Ohio State women's rowing team advanced all three of its crews to Grand Finals on day two of the 2016 NCAA Division I Rowing Championships Saturday morning at the Sacramento State Aquatic Center in Gold River, Calif. In its pursuit of a fourth-consecutive national title, Ohio State was one of only three teams, along with top-ranked California and No. 3 Virginia, to qualify all boats to the NCAA Grand Finals.

The Second Varsity Eight qualified for the national championship race after earning a win in its semifinal contest, while the First Varsity Eight and First Varsity Four moved on after claiming runner-up finishes.

Ohio State's No. 3-seed First Varsity Eight faced No. 1-seed Cal in the opening race of the morning. OSU joined the Bears and Virginia in separating from the field early, essentially making for a three-boat contest for much of the race. Sarah Davis, Catherine Shields, Stephanie Williams, Anne Dietrich, Cassandra Johnson, Anna Ralph, Alice Riley, Rachel Engel and coxswain Sarah Asad crossed in a time of 6:21.55, holding off UVa (6:21.97) at the line. Cal led wire-to-wire, finishing in 6:19.80.

The third-seeded Second Varsity Eight seized control of its race at around the 1,250-meter mark and cruised to a length victory over Texas. 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 6:21.75.

Catherine McNutt, Annie Jachthuber, Hanna Gottschalk, Kaylee Koker and coxswain Maggie Creely finished second in a tight semifinal in the First Varsity Four. Virginia led for the majority of the race, while the No. 5-seed Buckeyes slowly advance forward from fourth to second by 1,500 meters. The Scarlet and Gray closed the race with a time of 7:13.78, holding off Stanford (7:14.01) at the finish as UVa crossed first in 7:12.27.

Events resume tomorrow beginning at approximately 1:12 p.m. ET with the Grand Final of the First Varsity Four. The Second Varsity Eight races at 1:36 p.m. ET, with the First Varsity Eight closing the regatta at 2 p.m.

First Varsity Eight – A/B Semifinal 1
1. California – 6:19.80
2. Ohio State – 6:21.55
3. Virginia – 6:21.97
4. Michigan – 6:23.44
5. Wisconsin – 6:28.88
6. Syracuse – 6:42.16

Second Varsity Eight – A/B Semifinal 1
1. Ohio State – 6:21.90
2. Texas – 6:25.04
3. Virginia – 6:25.90
4. Brown – 6:30.92
5. Wisconsin – 6:37.47
6. Michigan – 6:41.06

First Varsity Four – A/B Semifinal 2
1. Virginia - 7:12.27
2. Ohio State - 7:13.78
3. Stanford - 7:14.01
4. Yale - 7:15.44
5. Wisconsin – 7:26.59
6. Indiana - 7:32.67

Updated 2016 Boat-by-Boat Record
1V8: 41-2/11-2
2V8: 39-4/9-4
1V4: 34-8/6-7

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