May 2, 2013
COLUMBUS, Ohio – The No. 3 Ohio State women’s rowing team hosts No. 8 Harvard on the Scioto River at Griggs Reservoir at 9 a.m. May 4. The competition marks the second and final home event for the Buckeyes this season.
Victoria Lazur (coxswain)
Alexandra Sawatzki (coxswain)
Amanda Poll (coxswain)
Dara Schnoll (coxswain)
Sami Jurofsky (coxswain)
LAST TIME OUT
Ohio State competed at the Clemson Invitational April 20-21, capturing 10 wins on the first day of competition and tallying two more on the second. In all, the Buckeyes posted wins over five ranked teams, including five wins over defending national champion Virginia.
SCOUTING NO. 8 HARVARD
Harvard closes out its six-week regular season schedule against the Buckeyes Saturday. The Crimson enter the weekend contest with a 10-2 overall record, having dropped races to No. 9 Brown and No. 12 Yale, while defeating No. 15 Cornell, No. 6 Princeton, Syracuse, Dartmouth, and Northeastern. Most recently, Harvard swept five races from local rivals Boston University, Boston College, Northeastern, MIT and Holy Cross at the Beanpot Regatta April 28.
The 2012-13 class of Julie Dick, Allison Elber, Samantha Fowle, Sara Handa, Stephanie Johnson, Sarah Kessler, Sarah Marshall, Cori Meinert and Katherine Tylinski will represent Ohio State for the last time in a home event. The group of nine seniors has been a part of one Big Ten Championship and four NCAA Championships appearances over the past four years.
IN THE RANKINGS
Ohio State ranks No. 3 in the latest CRCA/USRowing Coaches Poll. With their Top 5 ranking, the Buckeyes remain the highest ranked Big Ten team followed by No. 13 Michigan and No. 14 Wisconsin. Minnesota and Michigan State are also in the mix, both having received votes towards the rankings.
The Buckeyes have ranked within the Top 5 for all but one week of the 2013 season.
Of the 18 opponents the Buckeyes have faced throughout the regular season, 15 are currently ranked or receiving votes towards the rankings. Ohio State has posted a combined 27 wins over these opponents, including five over defending national champion No. 4 Virginia.
Ohio State’s second varsity eight continues its regular season undefeated streak from the 2012 campaign (9-0), and now stands at 16-0 in regular season competition dating back to March 24, 2012.
BIG TEN BOAT OF THE WEEK
The Buckeyes have won three consecutive Big Ten Boat of the Week Awards this season (April 9-April 23). The first varsity eight earned the first award, while the second varsity eight has tallied the last two.
2013 Boats of the Week
March 12: Minnesota First Varsity Eight
March 19: Indiana First Novice Eight
March 26: Minnesota First Varsity Eight
April 2: Michigan First Varsity Eight
April 9: Ohio State First Varsity Eight
Michigan First Varsity Four
April 16: Ohio State Second Varsity Eight
April 23: Ohio State Second Varsity Eight
April 30: Wisconsin First Varsity Four
The Buckeyes have a bye week before traveling to Indianapolis, Ind., to compete at the 2013 Big Ten Championships May 19 at Eagle Creek Park. Ohio State has won three Big Ten titles (2002, 2006, 2011), and finished second overall with a total of 145 points in 2012.
The event is scheduled to begin at 9 a.m. ET and will be a seven lane finals-only regatta. The winner of the team event will be named conference champion.
Ohio State won its first national title in 2012 when the 1V4 of coxswain Alexandra Sawatzki, Taylore Urban, Katie King, Stephanie Johnson and Emily Ralph crossed the line in 7:13.09 to defeat Virginia by 2.09 seconds. Previously, the Buckeye 1V4 had placed as high as third at the NCAA Championships in 2006 in West Windsor, N.J.
Ohio State travels to Indianapolis, Ind., to compete at the Big Ten Championships May 19 at Eagle Creek Park.
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