Columbus, Ohio – The Ohio State women’s rowing team will head west to Indianapolis, Ind., for the Big Ten Championships on Sunday (May 14). The regatta will be hosted by the Indianapolis Rowing Center at Eagle Creek Park for the seventh straight year.
No. 5 Ohio State will attempt to win an unprecedented fifth straight conference title. The regatta will be streamed in its full entirety at btn2go.com. Fans will be able to follow along with live results on Twitter at @OhioState_WROW.
Ohio State at the Big Ten Championships
The Buckeyes own seven conference titles, with over half of them coming in each of the last four years on a dominant run. The Scarlet and Gray has also captured team titles in 2011, 2006 and 2002. Ohio State returns 24 athletes who played a part in the 2016 title. All eight members of the 1V8 and all four of the 2V4 have Big Ten experience. The 2V8 features seven athletes who have competed at the conference regatta as well as two each from the 1V4 and 2V4.
Boat of the Week Accolades
Ohio State wrapped up the regular season with three Big Ten Boat of the Week honors; the Buckeyes were the only Big Ten school to have a boat honored three times.
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.
After the second regatta of the season at the Pac-12 Challenge, 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.
The final boat to receive the honor was the Second Varsity Four – Saba, Joan Darnell, Abby Ernst, Kendell Massier and Emma Warns (coxswain) – for their performance at the home regatta on the Scioto River. The 2V4 defeated No. 3 Michigan, No. 20 Duke and Notre Dame (RV) in convincing fashion to move their record to an unblemished 4-0 (6-0 overall). The 2V4 has been nothing short of excellent in 2017, not dropping a single race with a perfect 8-0 record (24-0 overall).
Scouting the Field
The only opponent that comes in ranked higher than the Buckeyes (391 votes) is the fourth-ranked Michigan Wolverines (412 votes). Ohio State has gone head-to-head with six of the seven B1G schools posting undefeated records against Indiana (12-0) and Minnesota (4-0). Ohio State holds advantages over Wisconsin (4-1), Iowa (6-2) and Michigan (7-5). The Buckeyes split a pair of races against Michigan State in the Second Novice Eight. The only Big Ten foe that the Scarlet and Gray has not faced in 2017 is Rutgers.
Other ranked opponents from the Big Ten include Wisconsin (No. 10), Iowa (No. 12), Indiana (No. 16) and Michigan State (No. 19).
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 dropped to No. 5 in this week’s CRCA/US Rowing Coaches Poll (391 votes).
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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Second Varsity Four (8-0 W/L by Race, 24-0 Overall)
Coxswain – Helen Sudhoff
Third Varsity Four (3-2 W/L by Race, 5-2 Overall)
Coxswain – Meghan Mahoney
First Novice Eight (3-5 W/L by Race, 18-8 Overall)
Coxswain – Cameron Garcia
Second Novice Eight (1-4 W/L by Race, 5-4 Overall)
Coxswain – Julia Linares