No. 3 Ohio State Advances to 2013 NCAA Championships
May 21, 2013
COLUMBUS, Ohio - The No. 3 Ohio State rowing team will compete at the NCAA Championships for the 14th-consecutive season and 15th time overall as it qualified after earning an automatic bid as the 2013 Big Ten Champion, the NCAA committee announced Tuesday. The 2013 NCAA Championships will be held at Eagle Creek Park in Indianapolis, Ind., May 31 – June 2.
The team championships are comprised of 22 teams with each team required to field two boats of eight rowers (First and Second Varsity Eights) and one boat of four rowers (First Varsity Four).
With its 14th-consecutive appearance at the NCAA championships, Ohio State is one of only five programs in the nation to achieve such a feat, joining Brown, California, Princeton and Washington for the most consecutive trips to the national championships as a team.
The Buckeyes have qualified for the NCAA championships every year as a team since 2000, finishing a program-best third in 2007 in Oak Ridge, Tenn. The First Varsity Four was an at-large selection in 1997.
In 2012, the first varsity four of Taylore Urban, Katie King, Stephanie Johnson, Emily Ralph and coxswain Alexandra Sawatzki earned the first national title for Ohio State as it beat Virginia to the finish line by 2.09 seconds. Previously, the Buckeye first varsity four had placed as high as third at the 2006 NCAA Championships at West Windsor, N.J.
The Buckeyes enter the championships this year as the No. 1 seed in the second varsity eight, the No. 2 seed in the first varsity four and the No. 3 seed in the first varsity eight.
2013 NCAA Championships 22-Team Field (Alphabetical Order)
Ohio State All-Time Championships Appearances
*Beginning with the 2013 NCAA Championships, the format changed to 22 teams earning bids from the previous format of 16 teams.
Ohio State NCAA Championships Top Boat Finishes
2012: Fifth (West Windsor, N.J.)