Second Varsity Eight Will Vie for NCAA Title Sunday

Go Buckeyes!
Go Buckeyes!

Go Buckeyes!

COLUMBUS, Ohio - The eighth-ranked Ohio State rowing team's Second Varsity Eight advanced to the Grand Final of the 2011 NCAA Division I Rowing Championship Saturday after finishing third in its semifinal heat on Lake Natoma in Gold River, Calif. The Buckeye 2V8 will vie for a gold medal at 2:15 p.m. ET Sunday. Joining the Scarlet and Gray in the championship race are Stanford, Brown, Virginia, California and USC.

After a fourth-place finish in its semifinal race, the First Varsity Four will compete in the 1V4 Petite Final at 1:05 p.m. ET. The Buckeye First Varsity Four will next race Princeton, Brown, Washington State, Yale and Michigan. 

The Top 3 boats in each semifinal race advanced to the Grand Final (Places 1-6), while the remaining crews were designated to the Petite Final (Places 7-12).

The 2V8 (Corinne Meinert, Tess Prescott, Mandy Merritt, Samantha Fowle, Ingrid Aasaaren, Ellen Heister, Anniken Ellingsen, Kate Sweeney and coxswain Samantha Getz) raced in the second semifinal Saturday morning. The Buckeyes were in third place after the first 500 meters, but Washington was making a charge for Ohio State's Top 3 placing. With about 1,000 meters to go, the Scarlet and Gray nearly had a boat-length lead over the Huskies and eventually extended that lead to open water. Throughout the race, Stanford, California and Ohio State continued to pull away from the remaining four crews and although the Buckeyes made contact with California in an attempt to close the gap with 250 meters left, Ohio State finished third in a time of 6:43.89.        
Throughout its race, the First Varsity Four of coxswain Kristin DiJosie, Stephanie Johnson, Kara Shropshire, Jill Mohr and Emily Ralph was extremely tenacious in its effort to crack the Top 3, but Stanford was able to keep the Buckeyes at bay. With about 1,000 meters left in the race, the Scarlet and Gray were only three seats behind the Cardinal, but could not get any closer as they finished in 7:43.04.

Following back-to-back fifth-place finishes in the preliminary and repechage races Friday, the First Varsity Eight (Claudia Herpertz, Carolin Helmholz, Allison Elber, Caroline McPherson, Claire-Louise Bode, Emily Walsh, Claudia Schiwy, Ulrike Denker and coxswain Erika Benford)  will compete in the third-level final at 2:30 p.m. ET Sunday.

NCAA Division I Rowing Championship
May 28, 2011
Lake Natoma
Gold River, Calif.
Second Varsity Eight (Top 3 advance to finals)
Pl. Team: Time 
1. Stanford: 6:36.04
2. California: 6:40.25
3. Ohio State: 6:43.89
4. Washington: 6:47.34
5. Wisconsin: 6:49.01
6. Washington State: 6:50.05
7. Yale: 6:53.99
First Varsity Four (Top 3 advance to finals)
Pl. Team: Time
1. Virginia: 7:31.22
2. Wisconsin: 7:36.81
3. Stanford: 7:39.27
4. Ohio State: 7:43.04
5. Washington State: 7:45.83
6. Yale: 7:52.41