COLUMBUS, Ohio - The No. 1-ranked and three-time defending national champion Ohio State women's rowing team opens its 2016 season this Saturday, March 26, in Princeton, N.J., against No. 3 Brown, No. 6 Yale and 11th-ranked Princeton.
Events against Brown and Princeton begin at 9 a.m. ET on Lake Carnegie, with the Varsity Eight race scheduled for 10:20 a.m. ET. OSU will face Yale in the afternoon session beginning at 3 p.m.
You can watch live on the Ivy League Digital Network at the link above.
Buckeyes Ranked No. 1 in CRCA/US Rowing Poll
Ohio State is No. 1 in the College Rowing Coaches Association (CRCA)/US Rowing Week 1 Top 20 poll, released March 22.
The three-time defending national champion Buckeyes received 19 of 25 first-place votes in the first regular-season poll of the season. NCAA runner-up California is ranked No. 2 with three first-place votes, followed by No. 3 Brown (one vote), No. 4 Virginia (two votes) and No. 5 Washington.
CRCA/US Rowing Top 20
1. Ohio State (19 first-place votes)
2. California (3)
3. Brown (1)
4. Virginia (2)
10. Washington State
T-16. Notre Dame
Looking Back on 2015
Ohio State won its third consecutive NCAA championship last May, becoming the first team in the history of the sport to do so. OSU claimed an individual national title in the First Varsity Eight, silver in the Second Varsity Eight and fifth place in the First Varsity Four.
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.
Ohio State also won its third consecutive Big Ten title in 2015, winning six of seven grand finals at the conference regatta while totaling a meet-record 186 points.
The Ohio State First Varsity Eight is 83-0 overall - 27-0 in races - since the start of the 2014 season, including 49-0 overall and 15-0 in races in 2015. The boat has won back-to-back NCAA and Big Ten titles and has a 36-3 record in races dating back to the start of the 2013 season.
Shields a B1G Medal of Honor Finalist
Catherine Shields, a senior from Rangiora, New Zealand, is one of Ohio State's five female finalists for the prestigious Big Ten Medal of Honor, set to be announced at the Scholar-Athlete Dinner March 29.
Shields has won three NCAA event titles and three Big Ten event titles in addition to helping the Buckeyes to three consecutive NCAA and Big Ten team championships. Along the way, Shields has been named Ohio State Female Athlete of the Year, Big Ten Rower of the Year, First Team All-America and All-Big Ten. An air transportation major, she is a three-time Ohio State Scholar-Athlete and an Academic All-Big Ten selection.
Anna Goodale Joins Coaching Staff
Olympic gold medalist and four-time World Rowing Champion Anna Goodale was added to the Ohio State coaching staff in September. Goodale, an assistant coach, works primarily with the Buckeye novices.
Goodale joined the Buckeyes after spending the 2014-15 school year as an assistant coach at Gonzaga. She helped the Bulldogs to a 17th-place team finish - the best in school history - last season at the NCAA championships. Gonzaga earned an automatic birth to the national championships after winning the West Coast Conference title.
One of the most decorated U.S. rowers in recent memory, Goodale enjoyed an outstanding career with the U.S. National Team prior to coaching. She was a member of the U.S. women's eight that captured gold at the 2008 Beijing Olympics, as well as a member of four world championships and three world cups in the women's eight.
A four-year member of the rowing team at Syracuse from 2001-2005, Goodale, a former walk-on, worked her way to First Team All-America honors in 2003 and 2005 and second-team accolades in 2004.
Ohio State hosts No. 4 Virginia and Clemson on Griggs Reservoir April 2. Races begin at 9 a.m. ET.