First Varsity Eight Wins Title, Buckeyes Finish Second Overall

May 29, 2016

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COLUMBUS, Ohio - For the third year in a row, the fastest collegiate boat in America belongs to Ohio State. The First Varsity Eight won its third-consecutive NCAA title Sunday morning at the 2016 NCAA Division I Rowing Championships in Gold River, Calif., helping the Buckeyes to a runner-up team finish.

Second-ranked Ohio State totaled 126 points at the national regatta for the fourth year in a row, mirroring its finish from 2015 by collecting 66 points from a win in the First Varsity Eight, 42 points from a runner-up performance by the Second Varsity Eight and 18 points from a fifth-place effort from the First Varsity Four. No. 1 California, with NCAA titles in both the Second Varsity Eight and First Varsity Four, ended the Buckeyes' three-year reign as team champion with a team score of 129.

One of the most decorated programs in NCAA rowing history, Ohio State owns 10 Top-5 team finishes at the NCAA championships all-time. The Buckeyes have won seven event national titles, all in the last five seasons. OSU's seven event titles rank fourth in NCAA history behind Brown (14), Washington (9) and Virginia (9).

Ohio State's First Varsity Four - Catherine McNutt, Annie Jachthuber, Hanna Gottschalk, Kaylee Koker and coxswain Maggie Creely - opened the championships at Lake Natoma with a fifth-place finish out of lane four in a time of 7:15.09. Sitting sixth at the 1,000-meter mark, the No. 5-seed Buckeyes moved into fifth and nearly overtook Stanford at the wire for fourth place. Cal used a strong move over the last 250 meters to edge Washington for the title.

The Buckeyes have finished fifth or better in the First Varsity Four seven times all-time and have placed fifth or better in four of the last five seasons.

Racing out of lane two, the No. 3-seed Second Varsity Eight battled with Cal and Washington for the national title. Ohio State's eight-plus - Allyson Baker, Morgan Hummel, MaryClare Stannard, Bridget Verdeyen, Sandra Dinter, Bridget Schodorf, Sarah Peffley, Ida Kruse and coxswain Kylie Soltis - ran in third or fourth for a majority of the race but slowly chipped away at Cal and Washington, overtaking the Huskies in the last 500 meters and nearly catching the Bears over the final 250. OSU crossed the finish line in a time of 6:28.90.

With a silver-medal performance for the second year in row, Ohio State has finished first or second in the Second Varsity Eight in each of the last five seasons. The Buckeyes have finished in the Top 10 of the 2V8 10 times.

For the third year in a row, Ohio State closed the regatta with a statement. Seizing control of the race at the 1,000-meter mark, the No. 3-seed Buckeyes, racing in lane four, gained a lead they would not relinquish. Rachel Engel, Alice Riley, Anna Ralph, Cassandra Johnson, Anne Dietrich, Stephanie Williams, Catherine Shields, Sarah Davis and coxswain Sarah Asad maintained a full-length lead on Cal for a majority of the final 1000, sounding the horn in a time of 6:19.04.

With their victory in the First Varsity Eight, the Buckeyes became the first team in NCAA history to win three-consecutive championships in the event. Ohio State owns eight Top-5 finishes all-time in the 1V8, and its three titles are second all-time in NCAA history behind Washington (4).

Final Team Standings
1. California - 129 points
2. Ohio State - 126
3. Virginia - 112
4. Stanford - 107
5. Washington - 106
6. Brown - 102
7. Princeton - 100
8. Texas - 98
9. Wisconsin - 80
10. Michigan - 75
11. Yale - 70
12. Washington State - 62
13. Syracuse - 58
14. USC - 55
15. Indiana - 50
16. Gonzaga - 45
17. Duke - 45
18. Northeastern - 35
19. Navy - 21
20. UCF - 20
21. Rhode Island - 16
22. Jacksonville - 6

Scoring Breakdown
First Varsity Eight - 66 points
Second Varsity Eight - 42
First Varsity Four - 18
Total - 126 points

First Varsity Eight - Grand Final
1. Ohio State - 6:19.04
2. California - 6:21.11
3. Stanford - 6:22.17
4. Brown - 6:22.19
5. Virginia - 6:23.31
6. Princeton - 6:26.19

Second Varsity Eight - Grand Final
1. California - 6:28.06
2. Ohio State - 6:28.90
3. Washington - 6:30.55
4. Virginia - 6:33.66
5. Texas - 6:35.29
6. Princeton - 6:41.31

First Varsity Four - Grand Final
1. California - 7:08.41
2. Washington - 7:09.20
3. Virginia - 7:12.07
4. Stanford - 7:14.76
5. Ohio State - 7:15.09
6. Michigan - 7:16.88

2016 Boat-by-Boat Record
1V8: 46-2/12-2
2V8: 43-5/9-5
1V4: 35-12/6-8

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