Women's Rowing

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.

CHAMPIONSHIP INFO

2014 NCAA CHAMPIONSHIPS 22-TEAM FIELD (ALPHABETICAL ORDER)

Boston University

Brown

California

Harvard-Radcliffe

Indiana

Jacksonville

Louisville

Massachusetts

Michigan

Northeastern

Notre Dame

Ohio State

Oklahoma

Princeton

San Diego

Stanford

UCLA

USC

Virginia

Washington

Washington State

Wisconsin

PROBABLE LINEUPS


1V8

Aina Cid Centelles

Elodie Ravera

Eelkje Miedema

Ashley Bauer

Stephanie Williams

Catherine Shields

Holly Norton

Claire-Louise Bode

Coxswain: Victoria Lazur

 

2V8

Daphne Socha

Chloe Meyer

Nicole Becks

Lauren Eckles

Meghan Birkbeck

Anne Dietrich

Katie King

Taylore Urban

Coxswain: Alex Sawatzki

 

1V4

Sarah Kessler

Anna Ralph

Anna Gackowski

Katie Beletskaya

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.


SEEDINGS

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.

SCORING

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
*First Varsity Eight: 2000, 2001, 2002, 2003, 2004, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014 
*Second Varsity Eight: 2000, 2001, 2002, 2003, 2004, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014
*First Varsity Four: 1997, 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.)
First Varsity Eight: Second (2007 in Oak Ridge, Tenn.)
Second Varsity Eight: First (2013 in Indianapolis, Ind.)
First Varsity Four: First (2012 in West Windsor, N.J., 2013 in Indianapolis, Ind.)

YEAR-BY-YEAR TEAM FINISHES

2013: First (Indianapolis, Ind.)

2012: Fifth (West Windsor, N.J.)
2011: 10th (Gold River, Calif.)
2010: 14th (Gold River, Calif.)
2009: Eighth (Cherry Hill, N.J.)
2008: Seventh (Rancho Cordova, Calif.)
2007: Third (Oak Ridge, Tenn.)
2006: Fifth (West Windsor, N.J.)
2005: Fourth (Sacramento, Calif.)
2004: Eighth (Sacramento, Calif.)
2003: Eighth (Indianapolis, Ind.)
2002: Fifth (Indianapolis, Ind.)
2001: Fourth (Gainesville, Ga.) 
2000: Ninth (Camden, N.J.) 

DEFENDING CHAMPIONS

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).

UNDEFEATED STREAK

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.).

CRCA HONORS

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.

B1G CHAMPIONS

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. 

B1G ACCOLADES

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.

RANKED OPPONENTS

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.

PERFECT SEASON

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


SCHOLAR-ATHLETES

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.

 


 

 

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