No. 1 Buckeyes Compete at Big Ten/ACC Challenge Saturday



April 3, 2015

COLUMBUS, Ohio -- The No. 1-ranked Ohio State women's rowing team competes against crews from No. 4 Virginia and Clemson at the Big Ten/ACC Challenge Saturday in Charlottesville, Va. No. 9 Michigan will also represent the Big Ten at the event on Lake Monticello.

Ohio State will face the Cavaliers in the morning session from 9 a.m. -- 10:40 a.m. ET and challenge the Tigers in the afternoon session from 1:00 p.m. -- 2:50 p.m. OSU, Michigan and Virginia compete in third varsity four and fourth varsity eight/second novice eight races at the conclusion of the afternoon session.

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Boat Lineups
1V8
Chloe Meyer
Aina Cid Centelles
Anna Ralph
Stephanie Williams
Ashley Bauer
Sarah K. Davis
Catherine Shields
Holly Norton
Coxswain Kylie Soltis

2V8
Laura Monteso Esmel
Bridget Verdeyen
MaryClare Stannard
Annie Jachthuber
Cassandra Johnson
Rachel Engel
Allyson Baker
Kelsey Albrinck
Coxswain Sami Jurofsky

1V4
Sarah Peffley
Bridget Schodorf
Anna Gackowski
Anne Dietrich
Coxswain Sarah Asad

2V4
Casey Schaffer
Emily Markham
Emily Caudle
Sandra Dinter
Coxswain Maggie Creely

3V4
Hailey Tiarks
Rory O'Shaughnessy
Chelsea Harpool
Lindsey Brown
Coxswain Dani Figliuolo

1N8
Rachel Parker
Ashley Saba
Caroline Gaker
Karen Somes
Morgan Hummel
Catherine McNutt
Bianca Piloseno
Hanna Gottschalk
Coxswain Rachel Kitay

2N8
Cynthia Jennings
Brittany Trischan
Elizabeth Spahr
Kaylee Koker
Hannah Smith
Hannah Hites
Erica Smith
Stephanie Gase
Coxswain Mia Francisco

Scouting Virginia
Fourth-ranked Virginia won 10 of 12 races last weekend against No. 3 Cal, No. 5 Stanford, No. 11 Washington State and Oregon State at the Pac-12 Challenge. UVA lost both first varsity eight races against the Golden Bears and Cardinal, but were victorious in the 2V8, 1V4 and 2V4. Virginia opened the 2015 season at the Oak Ridge Invitational, winning 14 of 15 races.

Last season, the Cavaliers placed fifth at the NCAA championships after sweeping all four grand final races at the ACC championships on their way to the team crown. Head coach Kevin Sauer has led UVA to a pair of NCAA titles (2010 and 2012) in his 20 seasons.

Scouting Clemson
The Tigers won five of six races last week at the Occoquan Sprints and swept six races against Duke and Boston University in their season-opener in mid-March.

Head coach Stephen Frazier Wong is in his first season with the Tigers after leading Division II Nova Southeastern the past two seasons, where he won an NCAA title in his first season and earned runner-up honors in 2014. Clemson finished fourth overall at the ACC championships last season.

First Varsity Eight Named B1G Boat of the Week
The Ohio State first varsity eight was named Big Ten Boat of the Week on Tuesday by the conference office after posting season-opening wins over Notre Dame and Louisville last Saturday at the Big Ten/ACC Double Dual.

Chloe Meyer, Aina Cid Centelles, Anna Ralph, Stephanie Williams, Ashley Bauer, Sarah K. Davis, Catherine Shields, Holly Norton and coxswain Kylie Soltis defeated the Fighting Irish by 18 seconds with a winning time of 6:10.65 in the first of two races on the day.

The 1V8 made it 14 wins in a row since the start of the 2014 season in the afternoon session against Louisville with a first-place time of 6:13.35, finishing more than 15 seconds faster than the Cardinals (6:28.70).

Undefeated Record
Ohio State will put its undefeated 14-0 first varsity eight record since the start of the 2014 season on the line Saturday. The crew won NCAA and Big Ten titles last season and has a 23-3 record dating back to the start of the 2013 season.

The Buckeyes' second varsity eight ended the 2014 season with an 11-1 record and is 35-3 dating back to the opening of the 2012 season, with a 2-0 record so far in 2015. The 2V8 was undefeated in 2013 and has won back-to-back national championships.

2015 Boat-by-Boat Record
1V8: 2-0
2V8: 2-0
1V4: 2-0
2V4: 2-0
3V4: 0-2
1N8: 1-1
2N8: 1-1

2015 Season-Best Times
1V8: 6:10.65 (vs. Notre Dame, March 28)
2V8: 6:23.95 (vs. Notre Dame, March 28)
1V4: 7:11.51 (vs. Louisville, March 28)
2V4: 7:12.90 (vs. Notre Dame, March 28)
3V4: 7:20.02 (vs. Louisville, March 28)
1N8: 6:38.45 (vs. Louisville, March 28)
2N8: 6:56.95 (vs. Louisville, March 28)

Buckeyes Ranked No. 1
OSU received 21 of 25 first-place votes in the US Rowing/ College Rowing Coaches Association (CRCA) Week 2 Top 20 poll, released March 31. Virginia is ranked No. 2 with five first-place votes, followed by No. 3 Brown (one vote), No. 4 California (one vote) and No. 5 Stanford.

US Rowing/CRCA Top 20 Poll
1. Ohio State (21 first-place votes)
2. Brown (3)
3. California (1)
4. Virginia
5. Stanford
6. Yale
7. Princeton
8. Washington
9. Michigan
10. USC
11. Washington State
12. Texas
13. UCLA
14. Indiana
15. Harvard-Radcliffe
16. Notre Dame
17. Louisville
18. Wisconsin
19. Syracuse
20. San Diego

Teitelbaum Honored with Phyllis Bailey Award
Ohio State head coach Andy Teitelbaum was selected as the 2015 recipient of the Phyllis Bailey Career Achievement Award in February.

Presented by the Ohio State University Varsity "O" Women's Alumnae Society and the Department of Athletics, the Phyllis Bailey Career Achievement Award pays tribute and to extends recognition to those individuals who, through their careers, have contributed to the honor and fame of The Ohio State University through the field of athletics by continuing to demonstrate, in their daily lives, the values learned in intercollegiate athletics and have continued the advancement of women's athletics.

Entering his 20th season as the head coach of the Buckeyes, Teitelbaum, the lone head coach in team history, has built the program from the ground up, creating one of the nation's preeminent collegiate rowing destinations. In his two decades on the job, he has won two national championships, five Big Ten titles, and seven regional titles.

The five-time Big Ten coach of the year and four-time Central Region coach of the year has produced 23 Collegiate All-Americans, including 16 first team honorees. Additionally, Teitelbaum has coached 41 All-Big Ten recipients. Academically, more than 150 student-athletes have been named Academic All-Big Ten. Teitelbaum has guided nearly 400 Buckeyes to Ohio State Scholar-Athlete honors.

Ohio State Voted Crew of the Year in row2k Fan Poll
Ohio State was voted the 2014 Crew of the Year in a 15-team fan poll on row2k.com earlier this year.

The Buckeyes received 38.6 percent of the 6,829 votes cast, edging the second-place Cornell lightweight men's varsity eight (34.9 percent). Other crews featured in the poll included the world champion Croatian men's double and the nine-time defending world champion USA women's eight.

Last Time Out
OSU opened the 2015 season with 10 victories against crews from No. 9 Notre Dame and No. 18 Louisville at the Big Ten/ACC Double Dual on Griggs Reservoir last Saturday.

The Buckeyes won five of six races in both the morning and afternoon sessions. Ohio State's top-four boats ended the day with perfect 8-0 records, while the first novice eight and second novice eight split their respective races.

Up Next
Ohio State hosts No. 18 Wisconsin, Minnesota (RV) and Rutgers April 11 on Griggs Reservoir.