National Champions! No. 3 Buckeyes Win Third Consecutive Title

 



May 31, 2015

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COLUMBUS, Ohio - The third-ranked Ohio State women's rowing team became the first team in NCAA history to win three consecutive national titles with a resounding victory at the 2015 NCAA Division I Rowing Championships Sunday morning at the Sacramento State Aquatic Center in Gold River, Calif. The Buckeyes claimed an individual national title in the first varsity eight, a runner-up finish in the second varsity eight and fifth place in the first varsity four.

Ohio State totaled 126 points at the national regatta for the third year in a row, earning 66 points from its first varsity eight win, 42 points from the second-place 2V8 performance and 18 points from the fifth-place effort by the first varsity four. No. 2 California claimed runner-up honors for the third year in row with with 114 points, followed by No. 1 Brown (112), No. 5 Washington (110) and No. 4 Virginia (104).

In winning its third national team championship, Ohio State trails only Brown's six titles all-time. The Buckeyes own nine top-five team finishes at the NCAA championships and six event national titles, the fourth-highest total in NCAA history.

"It's been amazing watching these young women grow up this season," Ohio State head coach Andy Teitelbaum said. "Having the pressure of two consecutive titles on their backs, I could not be prouder of the way everyone on the team has responded all year. The 2V8 and varsity four set us up well today and the 1V8 brought us across the finish line. This was truly an outstanding regatta for our entire team."

Leading the Huskies by a single point heading into the final race of the championships, Ohio State secured its national team title in grand fashion as the Buckeyes' second-seeded first varsity eight held off No. 1-seed and unbeaten Cal at the wire to win its second consecutive individual championship and finish the season with an unblemished 49-0 overall record (15-0 in races). Racing out of lane one, Holly Norton, Catherine Shields, Sarah Davis, Ashley Bauer, Stephanie Williams, Anna Ralph, Aina Cid Centelles, Rachel Engel and coxswain Sami Jurofsky crossed the line in a time of 6:18.15, the second-fastest time ever recorded at the NCAA regatta. The 1V8 is unbeaten over the past two seasons at 83-0 overall and 27-0 in races.

"Our varsity eight crews [Ohio State and Cal] have been eyeing each other all season from across the country and it was great to finally line up against one another," Teitelbaum said. "We were fortunate to pull ahead in the middle thousand and hold on. It was a great battle between two very talented boats."

A silver-medal finish by the second varsity eight put the Scarlet and Gray in a great position to secure the three-peat. Racing out of lane one, Kelsey Albrinck, Sandra Dinter, Anne Dietrich, Cassandra Johnson, Bridget Verdeyen, Allyson Baker, Chloe Meyer, MaryClare Stannard and coxswain Sarah Asad battled eventual champ Brown throughout the 2,000-meter course, finishing in a time of 6:27.11. Finishing in the top two of the 2V8 for the third year in a row, the No. 6-seed Buckeyes narrowly missed out on becoming the first team in NCAA history to win three consecutive national titles in the event.

Racing out of lane four, Sarah Peffley, Annie Jachthuber, Bridget Schodorf, Anna Gackowski and coxswain Kylie Soltis opened the morning with a strong statement, sounding the horn in a time of 7:23.71 to finish fifth overall. Battling back from sixth place early in the race, the No. 4-seed Buckeyes nearly overtook Washington for the fourth position.

The national championship is the fifth title claimed by an Ohio State varsity team this season as the rowing Buckeyes join football, wrestling, synchronized swimming and pistol as champions of their respective sports.

Final Team Standings
1. Ohio State - 126 points
2. California - 114
3. Brown - 112
4. Washington - 110
5. Virginia - 104
6. Stanford - 100
7. Texas - 99
8. Washington State - 92
9. Yale - 86
10. Michigan - 84
11. Indiana - 73
12. Princeton - 73
13. Wisconsin - 65
14. Harvard - 60
15. USC - 45
16. Notre Dame - 41
17. Gonzaga - 37
18. Northeastern - 29
19. UCF - 25
20. UMass - 21
21. Navy - 16
22. Jacksonville - 6

First Varsity Eight - Grand Final
1. Ohio State - 6:18.15
2. California - 6:18.61
3. Virginia - 6:24.35
4. Texas - 6:27.17
5. Stanford - 6:28.02
6. Washington - 6:28.53

Second Varsity Eight - Grand Final
1. Brown - 6:25.99
2. Ohio State - 6:27.11
3. Washington - 6:32.05
4. Yale - 6:34.81
5. California - 6:35.14
6. Washington State - 6:39.72

First Varsity Four - Grand Final
1. Virginia - 7:12.76
2. Yale - 7:12.92
3. Brown - 7:13.07
4. Washington - 7:21.73
5. Ohio State - 7:23.71
6. Princeton - 7:29.93

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

Final 2015 Boat-by-Boat Record
1V8: 49-0/15-0
2V8: 46-4/11-4
1V4: 42-7/11-4

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