No. 1 Ohio State to Compete at 2014 NCAA Championships
May 28, 2014
COLUMBUS, Ohio – The No. 1 Ohio State rowing team returns to Eagle Creek Park in Indianapolis, Ind., this weekend to compete at the 2014 NCAA Championships May 30 – June 1. The Buckeyes, defending national champions, are making their 15th-consecutive appearance and 16th appearance overall at the national regatta, and will look to defend their title as one of 22 competing teams.
Live video streaming of the championships, as well as live results, will be available throughout the weekend on NCAA.com.
2014 NCAA CHAMPIONSHIPS 22-TEAM FIELD (ALPHABETICAL ORDER)
Coxswain: Victoria Lazur
Coxswain: Alex Sawatzki
Coxswain: Sarah Asad
FRIDAY RACE SCHEDULE
First Varsity Eight – 9:10 a.m. (Heat 1)
Second Varsity Eight – 10:10 a.m. (Heat 3)
First Varsity Four – 10:50 a.m. (Heat 3)
WEEKEND RACE SCHEDULE
Friday, May 30: 8:30 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Saturday, May 31: 8:30 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.
Sunday, June 1: 8:30 a.m. – 11 a.m.
Awards Ceremony: Sunday, June 1 at 11:45 a.m.
The Buckeyes enter the 2014 NCAA Championships as the No. 1 seed in the first varsity eight and the No. 3 seed in both the second varsity eight and first varsity four.
Place 1V8 2V8 1V4
1 66 44 22
2 63 42 21
3 60 40 20
4 57 38 19
5 54 36 18
6 51 34 17
7 48 32 16
8 45 30 15
9 42 28 14
10 39 26 13
11 36 24 12
12 33 22 11
13 30 20 10
14 27 18 9
15 24 16 8
16 21 14 7
17 18 12 6
18 15 10 5
19 12 8 4
20 9 6 3
21 6 4 2
22 3 2 1
OHIO STATE ALL-TIME CHAMPIONSHIPS APPEARANCES
Team: 2000, 2001, 2002, 2003, 2004, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014
*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
Team: First (2013 in Indianapolis, Ind.)
YEAR-BY-YEAR TEAM FINISHES
2013: First (Indianapolis, Ind.)
2012: Fifth (West Windsor, N.J.)
Ohio State made program history at Eagle Creek Park in 2013, claiming its first national team title after earning gold medal finishes in the first varsity four and second varsity eight and a bronze medal finish in the first varsity eight. The Buckeyes became the first Big Ten squad to win a national team title in rowing, and the first women’s team at Ohio State to win an NCAA Championship.
During their record-setting run, the Buckeyes won a second consecutive national title in the first varsity four, which had previously brought home the program’s first national title in 2012. In addition, the second varsity eight closed out the season with a perfect 12-0 record and its first national title.
THREE IN A ROW
In 2012, the Buckeye first varsity four of Taylore Urban, Katie King, Stephanie Johnson, Emily Ralph and coxswain Alex Sawatzki won the program’s first national title, sounding the horn in 7:13.09 to beat Virginia by 2.09 seconds and claim first-place.
In 2013, the crew of Urban, Sara Handa, Chloe Meyer, Aina Cid Centelles and coxswain Dara Schnoll defended that title, crossing the line in 7:08.26 to defeat USC (7:11.02) and Washington (7:12.03) and repeat as national champions.
The Buckeye first varsity four is now in pursuit of its third-consecutive national title and its third national title overall. Only one other school has ever accomplished the feat (Washington, 1999-2001).
The Buckeye first varsity eight has compiled a perfect 9-0 record throughout the 2014 season. The crew claimed a second-consecutive gold medal at the 2014 Big Ten Championships (May 18), contributing 63 points toward the championship record 164 points overall and clinching a conference-record tying fifth title for Ohio State.
The first varsity eight is seeking its first individual national title as the crew has not finished higher than second at the NCAA Championships, capturing a silver medal in 2007 (Oak Ridge, Tenn.).
Five student-athletes received honors from the Collegiate Rowing Coaches Association (CRCA) this season, as senior Claire-Louise Bode, junior Victoria Lazur, and sophomores Holly Norton and Catherine Shields were named First Team All-Central Region and junior Ashley Bauer was named Second Team All-Central Region.
In addition, six Buckeyes were named CRCA Scholar-Athletes. Sophomore Sarah Asad, juniors Nicole Becks, Chloe Meyer and Lazur, and seniors Lauren Eckles and Urban were all recognized for earning a 3.5 grade point average or higher while in at least their second year of eligibility.
Ohio State claimed its second-consecutive Big Ten Championship May 18 at Eagle Creek Park in Indianapolis, Ind., posting five varsity wins (1V8, 2V8, 1V4, 2V4, 3V4) to total a championship record 164 points en route to its fifth conference title overall.
The Buckeyes, who have now won three titles in the last four years, become the first team since Michigan State (2008-09) to earn two consecutive conference titles, and are now tied with Michigan for the most conference championships with five.
Five Buckeyes earned All-Big Ten honors at the conclusion of the championships, as Bode, Norton and Shields were named First Team All-Big Ten and Bauer and Miedema were named Second Team All-Big Ten. King was named the Ohio State Sportsmanship Award honoree.
Ohio State garnered two Big Ten honors after the championships as head coach Andy Teitelbaum was named Big Ten Coach of the Year and Shields was named Big Ten Athlete of the Year.
The award marks a conference-record fifth Coach of the Year laurel for Teitelbaum and his third in the last four years, as he previously earned the honor in 2002, 2006, 2011 and 2013.
Shields, a native of Rangiora, New Zealand, becomes the second-consecutive and fourth Buckeye overall to win Athlete of the Year, following Bode who claimed the honor in 2013. The sophomore also becomes the first student-athlete to win Freshman and Athlete of the Year in consecutive years, joining Michigan State’s Anne Cowan (2005, 2008) and Laura Cowal (2008, 2011) as winners of both awards.
IN THE RANKINGS
Ohio State currently ranks No. 1 in the most recent CRCA/USRowing Coaches Poll, receiving 15 first-place votes. With their first-place ranking, the Buckeyes have ranked within the Top 3 since April 24, 2013 and within the Top 5 since April 2, 2013.
The Buckeyes, the highest ranked Big Ten team, are followed by No. 8 Michigan, No. 15 Indiana, No. 16 Wisconsin and No. 20 Michigan State. Minnesota and Iowa are also in the mix, having received three votes and one vote toward the rankings, respectively.
All 13 of the opponents the Buckeyes faced throughout the 2014 campaign are either currently ranked within the Top 20 of the CRCA/USRowing Coaches Poll, or are receiving votes toward the rankings. Ohio State has posted a combined 37 wins over these opponents.
The Buckeye first varsity eight finished the 2014 regular season with a perfect 8-0 record, the third consecutive season Ohio State has had at least one crew close the regular season without a loss.
2012 - Second Varsity Eight (9-0)
2013 – Second Varsity Eight (8-0)
2014 – First Varsity Eight (8-0)
SECOND VARSITY EIGHT STREAK
The Buckeye second varsity eight finished the 2014 regular season with a 7-1 record, bringing its record in regular season competition to 24-1 since March 24, 2012.
Earlier this season, the second varsity eight fell to No. 11 Stanford in the afternoon session at the Oregon State Classic, snapping its two-year regular season undefeated streak. Prior to that loss, the crew had not dropped a regular season race since April 23, 2011.
Before falling to the Cardinal, the crew went undefeated during the 2012 campaign (9-0) and the 2013 campaign (8-0), also claiming its first race of the 2014 season against No. 9 Michigan to compile an 18-0 record in regular season competition dating back to March 24, 2012.
B1G BOAT OF THE WEEK
For the second consecutive season, the Buckeyes won three Big Ten Boat of the Week Awards during the regular season. The second varsity eight earned the first award while the first varsity eight collected the last two.
2014 Boats of the Week
March 18: Wisconsin First Varsity Eight
March 25: Iowa Second Varsity Four
April 1: Ohio State Second Varsity Eight
April 8: Ohio State First Varsity Eight
April 15: Michigan First Varsity Eight
April 22: Ohio State First Varsity Eight
April 29: Indiana First Varsity Four
May 6: Wisconsin First Varsity Eight
2014 BOAT RECORDS
First Varsity Eight: 9-0
Second Varsity Eight: 8-1
First Varsity Four: 6-3
In April, Buckeye rowing placed 40 student-athletes on the Ohio State Scholar-Athlete list while former Buckeye Allison Elber became the first Buckeye rower to be awarded the Big Ten Medal of Honor. Elber, a member of the 2013 National Championship team, will be attending graduate school at the University of Denver to study sport and performance psychology.