No. 1 Ohio State Hosts Four-Team Regatta on the Scioto Saturday
April 24, 2015
COLUMBUS, Ohio -- The No. 1-ranked Ohio State women's rowing team hosts No. 13 Michigan, No. 17 Syracuse and Michigan State Saturday morning at Griggs Reservoir on the Scioto River.
First on the water will be the second novice eight boats at 11 a.m. ET. Races will be held in 20 minute intervals, ending with the varsity eights at 12:40 p.m. The teams will compete four wide.
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11 a.m. ET - 1:00 p.m.
Coxswain Katelyn Carson (novice)
Coxswain Rachel Kitay
No. 13 Michigan hosted a Big Ten Double Dual with Indiana and Iowa on April 11. Michigan's first varsity four earned wins over both Indiana and Iowa, while both varsity eights fell to the Hoosiers in the morning session before recovering to defeat the Hawkeyes in the afternoon.
Head coach Mark Rothstein in in his 19th season at U-M. He has led the Wolverines to top-two finishes at 11 of 15 Big Ten championships, including last season.
No. 17 Syracuse enjoyed a strong showing last weekend at the Clemson Invitational. The Orange swept No. 19 Gonzaga in the first varsity eight, second varsity eight, and first varsity four on Sunday morning and defeated No. 16 UCLA in the first varsity eight and first varsity four in its first session on Saturday.
Syracuse placed third last season at its first ACC championships. Head coach Justin Moore is in his fifth season with the Orange.
Scouting Michigan State
Michigan State struggled with injuries at the Clemson Invitational last Saturday and Sunday. The first novice eight was the top boat for MSU, posting the best times of the weekend and coming away with a pair of wins and a second-place finish to OSU by three-tenths of a second.
Last season, the Spartans earned a fifth-place result at the Big Ten championships. Head coach Matt Weiss is in his 11th season at Michigan State.
First Varsity Eight Named B1G Boat of the Week
The Ohio State first varsity eight was named Big Ten Boat of the Week for the second time this season on Tuesday after posting a 3-0 record over the weekend at the Clemson Invitational.
The 1V8 - Chloe Meyer, Aina Cid Centelles, Anna Ralph, Stephanie Williams, Ashley Bauer, Sarah K. Davis, Catherine Shields, Holly Norton and coxswain Sami Jurofsky - moved its record to 9-0 on the season and 21-0 since the start of the 2014 campaign with three victories over two days of competition.
OSU opened the regatta on Saturday morning with a time of 6:25.7 to win a seven-boat race, finishing four seconds clear of No. 3 Virginia and six seconds ahead of 11th-ranked Indiana. The Scarlet and Gray would also win a six-boat race in the evening session on Saturday, crossing the line in 6:21.8, seven seconds ahead of No. 7 Washington State.
Ohio State closed the weekend Sunday morning with a time of 6:23.5 to win a seven-boat race. OSU finished 10 seconds faster than No. 16 UCLA and 12 seconds ahead of No. 20 Cornell.
Ohio State will put its undefeated 21-0 first varsity eight record since the start of the 2014 season on the line Saturday. The crew is 9-0 in 2015 and won NCAA and Big Ten titles last season. It has a 30-3 record dating back to the start of the 2013 season.
2015 Boat-by-Boat Record
*Note: First record listed is determined by placement in final standings of races. Second record is strictly win/loss record by race.
2015 Season-Best Times
1V8: 5:54.78 (vs. Minnesota, April 11)
2V8: 6:04.88 (vs. Minnesota, April 11)
1V4: 6:45.21 (vs. Minnesota, April 11)
2V4: 6:59.88 (vs. Minnesota, April 11)
3V4: 7:20.02 (vs. Louisville, March 28)
1N8: 6:18.16 (vs. Wisconsin, April 11)
2N8: 6:22.57 (vs. Wisconsin & Minnesota, April 11)
Buckeyes Ranked No. 1
OSU received 17 of 25 first-place votes in the US Rowing/ College Rowing Coaches Association (CRCA) Week 5 Top 20 poll, released April 21. Cal-Berkeley is ranked No. 2 with six first-place votes, followed by No. 3 Virginia (one vote), No. 4 Brown and No. 5 Washington (one vote).
US Rowing/CRCA Top 20 Poll
1. Ohio State (17 first-place votes)
2. California (6)
3. Virginia (1)
5. Washington (1)
7. Washington State
18. Oregon State
Last Time Out
Ohio State competed at the 21-team Clemson Invitational April 18-19 on Lake Hartwell in Clemson, S.C.
The Scarlet and Gray won 12 of 15 races over two days of competition, winning seven of 10 races on Saturday and finishing a perfect 5-0 on Sunday. The first varsity eight and second varsity four boats finished the weekend with unblemished 3-0 records, respectively.
Ohio State competes at the 2015 Big Ten Championships May 16-17.