2V8, 1V4 Advance to NCAA Championship Semifinals

Go Buckeyes!
Go Buckeyes!

Go Buckeyes!
COLUMBUS, Ohio – The eighth-ranked Ohio State rowing team’s Second Varsity Eight and First Varsity Four advanced to the semifinals of the 2011 Division I Rowing Championship Friday following impressive preliminary racing on Lake Natoma in Gold River, Calif. Both crews finished second in their respective heats and will continue action at 12:30 p.m. ET Saturday. 
The First Varsity Eight opened action with a fifth-place showing in its preliminary race and after another fifth-place outing in the repechage, the Buckeyes will compete in the third-level final at 2:30 p.m. ET Sunday. The Top 3 boats from each heat advanced to the semifinals earlier in the day, while the Top 3 crews in the repechage qualified for the semifinals as well. 
The 2V8 (Corinne Meinert, Tess Prescott, Mandy Merritt, Samantha Fowle, Ingrid Aasaaren, Ellen Heister, Anniken Ellingsen, Kate Sweeney and coxswain Samantha Getz) was down half a seat to Michigan for third place to begin the race. The battle for Top 3 continued about 500 meters into the race, but Ohio State soon gained control and was up six seats over Michigan and eventually pulled ahead a boat length. The Scarlet and Gray then began to challenge second-place Princeton as they were only three seats behind the Tigers with 500 meters to go. The effort paid off and the Buckeyes overcame Princeton and soon took a two-seat advantage to finish in a time of 6:39.27. 
It was a similar scenario for the 1V4 of coxswain Kristin DiJosie, Stephanie Johnson, Kara Shropshire, Jill Mohr and Emily Ralph. The Buckeye crew overtook Princeton by two seats with about 500 meters remaining in the race to finish in 7:26.96. Rowing in windier conditions than the previous races, the First Varsity Four began the race in third place, but the crew picked up the pace and soon found themselves only one seat behind the Tigers before eventually surpassing them.
The 1V8 held a one-seat lead over Washington State for third place just a little more than halfway through the preliminary race, but the Cougars were able to overcome the Buckeyes for the coveted placing. The Scarlet and Gray (Claudia Herpertz, Carolin Helmholz, Allison Elber, Caroline McPherson, Claire-Louise Bode, Emily Walsh, Claudia Schiwy, Ulrike Denker and coxswain Erika Benford) eventually fell to fifth-place where they finished in 6:36.42.
In the repechage, the First Varsity Eight attempted to rally from a seventh-place standing, but was unable to crack a Top 3 position, which would have sent them to the semifinals. With about 500 meters to go, the Buckeyes made a push, surpassing Clemson and Dartmouth for fifth in a time of 6:58.76.   
NCAA Division I Rowing Championship May 27, 2011 Lake Natoma Gold River, Calif. Preliminary Heats
First Varsity Eight (Top 3 advance to semifinals) Pl. Team: Time 1. Stanford: 6:23.67 2. USC: 6:28.86 3. Washington State: 6:33.68 4. Wisconsin: 6:34.81 5. Ohio State: 6:36.42 6. Harvard: 6:45.22
Repechage (Top 3 advance to semifinals) Pl. Team: Time 1. Wisconsin: 6:53.66 2. Washington: 6:53.82 3. Michigan: 6:56.07 4. Harvard: 6:57.43 5. Ohio State: 6:58.76 6. Dartmouth: 7:00.60 7. Clemson: 7:08.27
Second Varsity Eight (Top 3 advance to semifinals) Pl. Team: Time 1. Brown: 6:36.74 2. Ohio State: 6:39.27 3. Princeton: 6:41.20 4. Michigan: 6:49.75 5. Clemson: 7:00.05
First Varsity Four (Top 3 advance to semifinals) Pl. Team: Time 1. California: 7:21.86 2. Ohio State: 7:26.96 3. Princeton: 7:29.38 4. Michigan State: 7:44.48 5. Clemson: 7:50.02