Columbus, Ohio – The No. 4 Ohio State women’s rowing team will travel to South Carolina this Saturday and Sunday for the Clemson Invite on Lake Hartwell. The regatta will feature 21 teams, nine of which are ranked in the Top 20 of the NCAA. Fans will be able to watch all of the races that begin at 8:30 a.m. ET.
Saturday will feature two sessions. The Buckeyes will be represented by five boats: the 1V8, 2V8, 1V4, 2V4 and 1N8. Saturday’s double session will serve as a qualifying round for Sunday’s finals. Boats will accrue points by place of finish in each race on Saturday. The point system is as follows: 1st Place – 7 points, 2nd Place – 6 points, 3rd Place – 5 points, 4th Place – 4 points, 5th Place – 3 points, 6th Place – 2 points and 7th Place – 1 point. On Sunday, the top seven boats will race in the A finals, the eighth through 14th boats will race in the B finals and the remaining seven boats will race in the C finals.
Boat of the Week Accolades
Through four weeks of the season, Ohio State has had three boats honored after regattas. Following the season opener against No. 9 Yale and Harvard, the First Varsity Four of Ashley Saba, Kimberleigh Warriner, Hanna Gottschalk, Annie Jachthuber and Helen Sudhoff (coxswain) was named the B1G Boat of the Week (March 28) for their outstanding performance that resulted in a 2-0 record.
Two and a half weeks ago (April 4), the Second Varsity Eight – Hanna Gottschalk, Kimberleigh Warriner, Catherine McNutt, Maddie Perrett, Chelsea Harpool, Bridget Schodorf, Cassandra Johnson, Annie Jachthuber and Anjali Fernandes -earned the honors after going 2-1 at the Pac-12 Challenge. The 2V8 successfully knocked off No. 1 California and No. 10 Stanford at the regatta.
This week, the Second Varsity Four – Saba, Joan Darnell, Abby Ernst, Kendell Massier and Emma Warns (coxswain) – earned the honor. They defeated No. 3 Michigan, No. 20 Duke and Notre Dame (RV) at last weekend’s home regatta in convincing fashion to move their record to an unblemished 4-0 (6-0 overall).
Scouting the Field
Of the 21 teams in the field, nine are currently ranked in the Top 20 of the CRCA/US Rowing Coaches poll. Depending on how the weekend plays out, the Buckeyes will have a grand opportunity to go head-to-head against some of the best boats in America.
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 stayed put in this week’s CRCA/US Rowing Coaches Poll at No. 4 with 413 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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First Novice Eight (2-3 W/L by Race, 5-3 Overall)
Coxswain – Cameron Garcia