No. 3 Ohio State Closes Regular Season Saturday
May 1, 2014
COLUMBUS, Ohio – The No. 3 Ohio State rowing team will close the regular season this weekend, traveling to Ann Arbor, Mich., to compete against Michigan State and No. 17 Louisville Saturday, May 3. Competition will open against the Spartans at 9 a.m. ET and conclude against the Cardinals at 1 p.m. ET.
Coxswain: Victoria Lazur
Coxswain: Alex Sawatzki
Coxswain: Sami Jurofsky
Coxswain: Sarah Asad
Coxswain: Meghan Mahoney
Coxswain: Danielle Figliuolo
Kelly Ann Baird
Coxswain: Danielle Macklin
LAST TIME OUT
The No. 3 Buckeyes posted eight wins Saturday, April 19 at the Big Ten/ACC Challenge, claiming six victories over No. 9 Notre Dame in the morning session and two victories over No. 4 Virginia in the afternoon session at Belleville Lake in Ann Arbor, Mich.
Six crews earned wins in the morning session. The first novice eight opened racing for the Buckeyes, crossing the line in 7:19.50 to notch first place. Ohio State next placed first in the third varsity four as the crew sounded the horn in 7:54.47. Following the third varsity four, the second varsity four claimed victory with a time of 7:31.90 while the first varsity four earned a win in 7:34.40, the second varsity eight claimed first in 6:36.0 and the first varsity eight sounded the horn in 6:25.30 for a first-place finish.
The first and second varsity eights also added wins for the Buckeyes in the afternoon session. The second varsity eight defeated Virginia (6:42.17) after posting a time of 6:32.60, while the first varsity eight remained undefeated and earned its sixth win of the season with a time of 6:21.30, defeating Virginia (6:25.91) by just over four seconds.
IN THE RANKINGS
Ohio State currently ranks No. 3 in the most recent CRCA/USRowing Coaches Poll, receiving three first-place votes. With their third-place ranking, the Buckeyes have ranked within the Top 3 since April 24, 2013 and within the Top 5 since April 2, 2013.
Additionally, the Buckeyes are currently the highest ranked Big Ten team followed by No. 9 Michigan and No. 13 Indiana and No. 15 Wisconsin. Michigan State, Minnesota and Iowa are also in the mix, all receiving votes toward the rankings.
All eight of the opponents the Buckeyes have faced throughout the 2014 campaign are either currently ranked within the Top 20 of the CRCA/USRowing Coaches Poll, or are receiving votes toward the rankings. Ohio State has posted a combined 24 wins over these opponents.
SCOUTING No. 17 LOUISVILLE
The weekend regatta marks the second time the Buckeyes will compete against Louisville this year. The teams last met at the Big Ten Challenge April 12 at Lake MacBride in Iowa City, Iowa, with Ohio State coming away victorious as the Cardinals earned four-runner up finishes and a pair of third-place finishes from its six crews.
Following the Big Ten Challenge, Louisville traveled to Clemson, S.C., to compete at the Clemson Invite, earning five wins overall including a trio of victories from its second varsity eight. The second varsity four crew also notched a pair of wins, and the Cardinals also earned runner-up finishes in the first varsity eight, first varsity four and third varsity eight boats.
The Louisville second varsity eight was named the American Athletic Conference Boat of the Week for its performance at the Clemson Invite.
SCOUTING MICHIGAN STATE
The Spartans opened their season March 16 at the Oak Ridge Cardinal Invitational, earning a pair of second-place finishes in the first novice eight and second varsity four before sweeping Rutgers and Boston University the following weekend.
The Spartans also matched up with Brown and Princeton March 29, earning third-place finishes in all but the first novice eight where the team placed second.
Michigan State competed in three regattas in April, falling to Wisconsin in the morning session but defeating Minnesota in the afternoon session at the Big Ten Double Duals April 12, before competing at the Clemson Invitational April 18-20. Most recently, the Spartans raced against Duke and Virginia April 26, defeating the Blue Devils but falling to the Cavaliers.
B1G BOAT OF THE WEEK
The first varsity eight of Aina Cid Centelles, Elodie Ravera-Scarramozzino, Eelkje Miedema, Ashley Bauer, Stephanie Williams, Catherine Shields, Holly Norton, Claire-Louise Bode and coxswain Victoria Lazur earned its second weekly honor and the third weekly honor overall this season for the Buckeyes after claiming two wins over Top 10 opponents at the Big Ten/ACC Challenge Saturday at Belleville Lake in Ann Arbor, Mich., earning its fifth and sixth wins of the season to remain perfect (6-0) in 2014.
The Buckeyes defeated No. 9 Notre Dame in the morning session, sounding the horn in 6:25.30 to defeat the Irish (6:32.06) by six seconds before defeating No. 4 Virginia in the afternoon session with a time of 6:21.30, four seconds faster than the Cavaliers (6:25.91).
Big Ten Boat of the Week
Second Varsity Eight - (April 1)
First Varsity Eight - (April 8)
First Varsity Eight – (April 22)
2014 BOAT RECORDS
First Varsity Eight: 6-0
Second Varsity Eight: 5-1
First Varsity Four: 3-3
Second Varsity Four: 5-1
Third Varsity Four: 2-2
First Novice Eight: 2-2
Second Novice Eight: 1-3
The Buckeye second varsity eight fell to No. 11 Stanford in the afternoon session at the Oregon State Classic, snapping its two-year regular-season undefeated streak. Prior to the loss April 5, the second varsity eight had not lost a regular-season race since April 23, 2011.
The second varsity eight went undefeated during the 2012 campaign (9-0) and the 2013 campaign (8-0), also winning its first race of the 2014 season against No. 9 Michigan to compile an 18-0 record in regular-season competition dating back to March 24, 2012.
The Buckeye second varsity eight claimed an NCAA Championship and Big Ten Championship last year, ending the 2013 season with a perfect 12-0 overall record.
Madeline Davis joined the Buckeye coaching staff as an assistant coach in July 2013 after spending three seasons as the assistant lightweight women’s rowing coach at Stanford University. At Stanford, Davis assisted the Cardinal lightweight eight to three consecutive national championships, including a national title at the 2013 IRA National Championships.
Davis was a four-year varsity letterwinner, three-year member of the lightweight varsity eight and an Eastern Sprints and IRA Champion at Princeton.
A former Ohio State student-athlete (2009-12), Claudia Herpertz returned to her alma mater in the fall of 2013 as a Graduate Assistant after serving as an Assistant Coach for the Three Rivers Rowing Association (2012-13). Throughout her career at Ohio State, Herpertz earned Second Team All-Big Ten (2010), CRCA National Scholar Athlete (2010-12) and OSU Scholar-Athlete (2010-12) honors. She is currently working on a master’s degree in sport management at Ohio State.
Ohio State made program history at the 2013 NCAA Championships, winning its first national team title with 126 points after gold medal performances in the first varsity four and second varsity eight and a bronze medal performance in the first varsity eight. With the wins, the first varsity four claimed its second consecutive national title while the second varsity eight claimed its first. The Buckeyes became the first Big Ten team to win a national team title in rowing, and the first women’s team at Ohio State to claim an NCAA Championship.
BIG TEN CHAMPIONS
The Buckeyes captured their fourth Big Ten Championship in 2013, earning a championship record 160 points in the process. Five Ohio State crews claimed gold medals at the regatta as the first varsity eight, second varsity eight, first varsity four, third varsity four and first novice eight all tallied first-place finishes.
Five Buckeyes earned All-Big Ten honors at the conclusion of the championships, as Claire-Louise Bode, Allison Elber and Eelkje Miedema were named First Team All-Big Ten and Cori Meinert and Holly Norton were named Second Team All-Big Ten. Chloe Meyer was named the Ohio State Sportsmanship Award honoree.
2013 IN REVIEW
The Ohio State rowing team enjoyed a record-setting season in 2013, winning its first NCAA Championship as a team and claiming its fourth Big Ten Championship. Head coach Andy Teitelbaum and assistant Coach Diana Albrecht guided the Buckeye varsity crews to a 39-9 overall record in 2013, including a 9-3 mark in the first varsity eight, a 10-1 record in the first varsity four and a perfect 12-0 mark in the second varsity eight.
At the conclusion of the season, Teitelbaum was named Big Ten Coach of the Year, CRCA Central Region Coach of the Year and CRCA Division I Coach of the Year, while Albrecht collected CRCA Central Region Assistant Coach of the Year and CRCA Division I Assistant Coach of the Year honors.
Claire-Louise Bode became the first Buckeye rower to be named Ohio State Female Athlete of the Year and the third to be named Big Ten Rowing Athlete of the Year, while Catherine Shields became the third Buckeye to be named a Big Ten Co-Freshman of the Year.
The Buckeyes return to action Sunday, May 18 at the 2014 Big Ten Championships at Eagle Creek Park in Indianapolis, Ind.