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COLUMBUS, Ohio – The second-ranked Ohio State women's rowing team fights for a fourth-consecutive national title at the 2016 NCAA Division I Rowing Championships this Friday thru Sunday, May 27-29, at the Sacramento State Aquatic Center on Lake Natoma in Gold River, Calif.
The Buckeyes, making their 17th-consecutive appearance at the NCAA championships, aim for an unprecedented fourth national title in a row after earning a record third-consecutive national title in 2015, a feat no team had achieved since the NCAA began sponsoring the sport in 1997. Additionally, the Ohio State First Varsity Eight will compete for its third-consecutive national title.
The First Varsity Eight – 32-1 this season and 10-1 in races – earned the No. 3 seed in its event behind Pac-12 champ California and Stanford. Ohio State, the Big Ten champion in the event, will open the championships in one of four first-round heats alongside Brown, Wisconsin, Duke, UCF and Jacksonville at approximately 12:36 p.m. ET Friday. Brown handed the Buckeye 1V8 its only loss in the past three seasons in the first race of 2016.
Earning a No. 3 seed, the Buckeyes' Second Varsity Eight will face Princeton, Duke, Michigan, Navy and Jacksonville in first-round heats at 1:12 p.m. ET Friday. The 2V8 is 29-4 overall and 7-4 in races this year as it enters the NCAA regatta following a dominating win at the Big Ten championships.
The fifth-seeded First Varsity Four is set to race Washington, Duke, USC, UCF and Rhode Island in its first-round race at 2:12 p.m. ET Friday. The Big Ten champion 1V4 is 26-6 overall and 6-5 in races this season.
Live results and a live stream are available at the above links. Updates will also be provided throughout the weekend on Twitter (@OhioState_WROW) and at www.OhioStateBuckeyes.com.
• Twenty-two teams – 11 automatic qualifiers as conference champions and 11 at-large selections – will compete on a 2,000-meter course. Three events will be contested (First Varsity Eight, Second Varsity Eight and First Varsity Four).
Friday: Four first-round heats per event, two repechages ("second chance" races)
Saturday: Two A-B semifinals and two C-D semifinals per event
Sunday: Each event has a D final, C final, Petite Final and Grand Final
- The Top-2 crews from each first-round heat automatically qualify for A-B semifinals, with the remaining crews competing in two seven-boat repechages. The Top-2 boats from each repechage advance to A-B semifinals, with the remainder competing in C-D semifinals. From A-B semifinal heats, three crews advance to the Grand Final, with the remainder competing in the Petite Final. The Top-3 crews from C-D semifinals advance to the C final, with the remainder slotted in the D final.
California (Pac-12 champion)
Gonzaga (WCC champion)
Jacksonville (MAAC champion)
Navy (Patriot League champion)
Northeastern (Colonial champion)
Ohio State (Big Ten champion)
Princeton (Ivy League champion)
Rhode Island (Atlantic 10 champion)
Texas (Big 12 champion)
UCF (American champion)
Virginia (ACC champion)
Ohio State History at the NCAA Championships
The Buckeyes have competed at 16 of the 19 NCAA championships all-time and own nine Top-5 team finishes at the regatta. Last season, Ohio State became the first team in the history of the sport to win three-consecutive NCAA titles.
Ohio State owns six individual national titles, the fourth-highest total in NCAA rowing history. The First Varsity Four won the first NCAA title in program history in 2012 and was also a winner in 2013. The Second Varsity Eight won back-to-back championships in 2014 and 2013, while the First Varsity Eight is the two-time defending national champion.
If the Buckeyes were to claim a fourth national title, they would trail only Brown (7) for most NCAA titles all-time.
Four or More
The elusive "four-peat" has occurred only 53 times in the recorded history of the NCAA's 37-sponsored Division I sports, but it has yet to be achieved in the 19-year history of the rowing championship. Last season, OSU became the first team in NCAA rowing history in win three-consecutive national championships.
The feat has yet to be achieved in Ohio State's long and storied athletic tradition. However, Ohio State synchronized swimming has won four or more consecutive national titles four times in its history in a non-NCAA sponsored sport.
Shields Named Big Ten co-Athlete of the Year
Catherine Shields was named Big Ten co-Athlete of the Year by the conference office May 20 along with Rebecca Brougher of Indiana.
Shields stroked the Ohio State First Varsity Eight to a Big Ten title on May 15 at Eagle Creek Park in Indianapolis, edging Michigan 6:22.72-6:22.79 at the line to secure valuable points that helped OSU to its fourth-consecutive Big Ten team title. Shields has competed with the 1V8 in every race this season, helping the boat to 32-1 record overall.
In almost four full seasons of rowing with the Buckeyes, Shields has won four Big Ten team titles and three NCAA team championships, along with four Big Ten and three NCAA individual titles. A two-time Big Ten Athlete of the Year and the B1G Freshman of the Year in 2013, she is a three-time First Team All-Big Ten selection and a two-time First Team All-American. She has lost only one race as a Buckeye, amassing a 158-1 record overall.
Ohio State has won four-consecutive Big Ten Athlete of the Year awards and six overall. Shields is the first two-time winner for the Buckeyes and only the second in Big Ten history, joining Kate Johnson of Michigan (2000, 2001).
Buckeyes Ranked No. 2 in CRCA/US Rowing Poll
Ohio State is No. 2 in the College Rowing Coaches Association (CRCA)/US Rowing Week 9 Top 20 poll, released May 18.
Pac-12 champion California enters the NCAA regatta ranked No. 1 in the weekly poll with 23 first-place votes, followed by the Buckeyes (two votes), Virginia, Brown and Princeton.
CRCA/US Rowing Top 20
1. California (23 first-place votes)
2. Ohio State (2)
14. Washington State
17. Notre Dame
19. San Diego
The Ohio State First Varsity Eight is 115-1 overall – 37-1 in races – since the start of the 2014 season. The boat has won three-consecutive Big Ten championships and back-to-back NCAA titles while amassing a record of 45-4 in races dating back to the start of the 2013. So far this season, OSU is 32-1 overall, 10-1 in races.
Cid I Centelles, Paulis and Ravera Qualify for Rio Olympics
Current Buckeye Aina Cid I Centelles and former stars Ilse Paulis and Elodie Ravera-Scarramozzino are set to compete at the XXXI Summer Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, this August.
Cid I Centelles and Paulis secured their tickets to Rio with first-place finishes in their respective events at the 2016 Final Olympic Qualification Regatta Tuesday in Lucerne, Switzerland.
Cid I Centelles stroked the women's pair for Spain, joining teammate Anna Boada Peiro in producing a time of 7:10.16, just ahead of runner-up China. Cid I Centelles is set to rejoin the Buckeyes for her senior season in 2016-17 following the Olympic Games.
Paulis (2012), the bow in the women's lightweight double for the Netherlands, crossed the line with teammate Maaike Head in a time of 6:54.91, five seconds faster than runner-up Romania.
Ravera-Scarramozzino (2014) previously qualified for the Olympics as the stroke seat of the French double sculls at the 2015 World Rowing Championships last summer, finishing second in the `B' final and eighth overall with teammate Helene Lefebvre in a time of 6:49.69.
Baker, Jachthuber and Johnson Named to US Rowing U-23 Camp
Senior Allyson Baker and sophomores Annie Jachthuber and Cassandra Johnson of the Ohio State women’s rowing team are three of 33 athletes invited by USRowing to the 2016 U.S. Women's Under-23 National Team Selection Camp, to be held in Princeton, N.J., at Princeton University.
The camp will be coached by University of Pennsylvania's women's head coach Wesley Ng, who will be assisted by Hamilton University's women's coach Rob Weber. Ng and Weber will head up the selection of the women's eight, four and quadruple sculls that will compete at the World Rowing Under-23 Championships August 21-28 in Rotterdam, The Netherlands. The camp will also select a pair to compete at the Junior, Under-23 & Senior Non-Olympic Trials, July 18-22.
Invitations to selection camp were based on performance on the 2015-16 National Team Ergometer Testing Protocol, coach recommendations, past performance in international and domestic racing, competitive performance during training sessions and the athlete's ability to match the style and technique of the crew as determined by the designated coach.
2016 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.
2016 Season-Best Times
1V8: 6:11.5 (vs. Syracuse/Michigan State, April 23)
2V8: 6:18.5 (vs. Syracuse/Michigan State, April 23)
1V4: 7:07.9 (vs. Syracuse/Michigan State, April 23)
2V4: 6:58.1 (vs. Syracuse/Michigan State, April 23)
3V4: 7:07.4 (vs. Syracuse/Michigan State, April 23)
1N8: 6:52.6 (vs. Syracuse/Michigan State, April 23)
2N8: 7:18.6 (vs. Syracuse/Michigan State, April 23)
Last Time Out
Ohio State won its fourth-consecutive Big Ten title at the 2016 Big Ten Rowing Championships May 15 at Eagle Creek Park in Indianapolis. The Scarlet and Gray won four of five varsity races (1V8, 2V8, 1V4 and 3V4) to close the regatta with 174 points. Wisconsin was second overall with 159 points, followed by Michigan (154).
Winners of five of the last six Big Ten championships, the Buckeyes own a conference-best seven titles overall. Even without a boat in the Second Novice Eight final, Ohio State still managed a 15-point victory over the Badgers.