Columbus, Ohio – The Ohio State women’s rowing team, ranked second in the nation, will make the trek to Redwood Shores, Calif., to compete in the Pac-12 Invite this Saturday and Sunday. The regatta will feature a surplus of nationally ranked teams that include No. 1 California, No. 4 Washington and the host, No. 10 Stanford.
The Buckeyes will send their First Varsity Eight, Second Varsity Eight and First Varsity Four to the stacked regatta this weekend. OSU will face off against Washington (morning session) and California (afternoon session) on Saturday and will close out the regatta against Stanford on Sunday.
The Buckeyes kicked off the 2017 season last weekend with wins in nine of 14 races mostly against No. 9 Yale and Harvard (RV). The 1V8, 1V4 and 2V4 all went a perfect 2-0 at the regatta to remain undefeated. The First Varsity Four of Ashley Saba, Kimberleigh Warriner, Hanna Gottschalk, Annie Jachthuber and Helen Sudhoff (coxswain) were named the B1G Boat of the Week (March 28) for their outstanding performance.
First Varsity Eight Dominance
Over the past four seasons, the varsity eight is 131-2 overall and 41-2 in head-to-head races. Thus far in 2017, the 1V8 has an unblemished record of 2-0 with wins over Yale and Harvard. In 2016, the varsity eight won its third-consecutive NCAA Championship; it became the first team to do so in NCAA history. With three overall varsity eight NCAA Championships, Ohio State trails only Washington, who has four varsity eight titles. Five of the eight athletes return to the team this season, searching for a fourth gold medal.
Scouting California, Washington and Stanford
California ended Ohio State’s three year national title reign at the 2016 NCAA Championships, edging the Buckeyes by three points (129-126); this will be the first competition of the season for the Golden Bears. Washington has competed once this season against USC, sweeping all three of its races in the 1V8, 2V8 and 1V4. Stanford received wins from its 3V8, 1V4, 2V8 and 1V8 boats at its season-opening regatta against UCLA and San Diego State.
The Buckeyes entered the season ranked second in the Collegiate Rowing Coaches Association preseason poll. Ohio State returns 23 letterwinners from 2016’s runner-up squad at the NCAA Championships. Ohio State has a plethora of championship experience coming back with 15 of the 23 rowers from the 2016 NCAA Championships scheduled to compete this season. The Buckeyes have won a conference record four-straight championships dating back to 2013. Ohio State maintained its No. 2 ranking in the CRCA/US Rowing Coaches Poll this week with 429 points.
The Buckeyes were busy this past summer, with five rowers competing at the U-23 Rowing Championships in Rotterdam, Netherlands and one rower competing at the Rio Olympics. Aina Cid Centelles represented Spain at the Olympics in the women’s pair event. Cid Centelles and her partner, Anna Boada Peiro, made it to the finals and placed sixth in the event.
At U-23’s, Daphne Socha, Cassandra Johnson, Rachel Engel, Stephanie Williams and Laura Monteso Esmel all competed for their countries. Socha represented France in the quad sculls and won bronze. Johnson competed in the 8+ for the U.S. against fellow teammates Engel and Williams, who both rowed for Australia. Johnson and the U.S. won gold with a time of 6:36.90 and the Aussies came in fifth. Monteso Esmel competed for Spain in the lightweight skull pair.
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