No. 3 Ohio State Rows for a Third-Consecutive National Title

May 28, 2015


COLUMBUS, Ohio - The third-ranked Ohio State women's rowing team fights for a third-consecutive national title at the 2015 NCAA Division I Rowing Championships this Friday thru Sunday, May 29-31, at the Sacramento State Aquatic Center on Lake Natoma in Gold River, Calif.

The Buckeyes, making their 16th-consecutive appearance at the NCAA championships, aim for a record third national title in a row after earning back-to-back championships in 2013 and 2014 -- no team has won three-consecutive national titles since the NCAA began sponsoring the sport in 1997. Additionally, two Ohio State boats attempt to repeat as national champions, as the Buckeyes' first varsity eight and second varsity eight earned individual titles last year.

The first varsity eight - undefeated over the past two seasons at 69-0 overall and 24-0 in races - earned the No. 2 seed behind California. Ohio State, the Big Ten champion in the event, will open the championships in one of four first-round heats alongside American Athletic Conference champion UCF and Big Ten rivals Michigan, Wisconsin and Indiana at 9:20 a.m. PT/12:20 p.m. ET.

Earning the No. 6 seed, the Buckeyes' second varsity eight will matchup with Ivy League champion Brown, Wisconsin, Princeton, Colonial Athletic Conference champion Northeastern and MAAC champ Jacksonville in first-round heats at 10:10 a.m. PT/1:10 p.m. ET. The 2V8 earned a runner-up finish at the Big Ten championships and is 33-2 overall in 2015, 10-2 in races. Winners of the last two national titles in the event, the Buckeyes look to become the first 2V8 boat to win three-consecutive national championships.

The fourth-seeded first varsity four is set to race Washington State, Wisconsin, Stanford, Northeastern and Jacksonville in its first-round race at 11 a.m. PT/2 p.m. ET. The Big Ten champion 1V4 is 32-2 overall and 10-2 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

Championship Format
• 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, first varsity four).
• Progressions
o Friday: Four first-round heats per event, two repechages ("second chance" races)
o Saturday: Two A-B semifinals and two C-D semifinals per event
o Sunday: Each event has a D final, C final, Petite Final and Grand Final
o The top-two crews from each first-round heat automatically qualify for A-B semifinals, with the remaining crews competing in two seven-boat repechages. The top-two 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-three crews from C-D semifinals advance to the C final, with the remainder slotted in the D final.

The Field
Brown (Ivy League champion)
California (Pac-12 champion)
Gonzaga (WCC champion)
Harvard (at-large selection)
Indiana (at-large selection)
Jacksonville (MAAC champion)
Massachusetts (Atlantic 10 champion)
Michigan (at-large selection)
Navy (Patriot League champion)
Northeastern (Colonial Athletic champion)
Notre Dame (at-large selection)
Ohio State (Big Ten champion)
Princeton (at-large selection)
Texas (Big 12 champion)
Southern California (at-large selection)
Stanford (at-large selection)
Virginia (ACC champion)
UCF (American Athletic champion)
Washington (at-large selection)
Washington State (at-large selection)
Wisconsin (at-large selection)
Yale (at-large selection)

Ohio State Boat Lineups
Coxswain Sami Jurofsky
Holly Norton
Catherine Shields
Sarah K. Davis
Ashley Bauer
Stephanie Williams
Anna Ralph
Aina Cid Centelles
Rachel Engel

Coxswain Sarah Asad
Kelsey Albrinck
Sandra Dinter
Anne Dietrich
Cassandra Johnson
Bridget Verdeyen
Allyson Baker
Chloe Meyer
MaryClare Stannard

Coxswain Kylie Soltis
Sarah Peffley
Annie Jachthuber
Bridget Schodorf
Anna Gackowski

Ohio State History at the NCAA Championships
The Buckeyes have competed at 15 of the 18 NCAA championships all-time and own seven top-five team finishes at the regatta. With back-to-back titles in 2013 and 2014, Ohio State became the fifth team to win consecutive national titles and the first since Brown in 2008.

Ohio State holds five 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 is the two-time defending national champion in the event, while the first varsity four claimed gold in 2014. In winning both the 1V8 and 2V8 races last season, OSU became the fourth team in NCAA history to win both events at the national regatta in the same year.

Three's Company
The elusive "three-peat" has occurred 125 times in the recorded history of the NCAA's 37-sponsored Division I sports, but it has yet to be achieved in the 18-year history of the rowing championship. In fact, only one other NCAA sport at the DI level - bowling, established in 2004 - has yet to witness a three-peat by one of its member institutions.

The feat has been achieved twice in Ohio State's long and storied athletic history, both times by the men's swimming and diving team. OSU won three titles in a row from 1945-47 and again from 1954-56.

Buckeyes Sweep Big Ten Awards
Ohio State swept the Big Ten's year-end individual honors as voted on by the conference coaches, the league announced May 20. Ashley Bauer was named Big Ten Athlete of the Year and Sarah Davis Freshman of the Year, while head coach Andy Teitelbaum collected his third-consecutive Coach of the Year honor.

Bauer, from New Albany, Ohio, rows in the five seat of the Buckeyes' undefeated and Big Ten champion first varsity eight. In her third season with the 1V8, Bauer has helped the boat to a 24-0 record overall and 12-0 mark in races this season. A member of Team USA at the 2014 U-23 World Championships, Bauer is the third Buckeye in a row to be named Big Ten Athlete of the Year and fifth overall, joining teammate Catherine Shields, the 2014 winner, recent graduate Claire Louise Bode, the 2013 recipient, Ninett Kossowsky (2006) and Conny Kirsch (2002). Bauer was also named to All-Big Ten First Team at the conclusion of the conference championships on Sunday.

Davis, a native of Dunlop, Australia, rows in the varsity eight's sixth seat. A Second Team All-Big Ten selection, she is the fourth Buckeye to be named Freshman of the Year and the first since Shields in 2013. Annabelle Fago earned the honor in 2004 and Phaedra Giblin in 2000.

Teitelbaum, the only head coach in the 20-year history of the program, collects a record sixth Coach of the Year award, his fourth in the last five seasons. Teitelbaum coached the Buckeyes to a third-consecutive Big Ten title this season, a meet-record 186 points and wins in six of seven finals. Ohio State's varsity boats finished the regular season with a combined 32-4 record overall.

Undefeated Record
The Ohio State first varsity eight is 69-0 overall - 24-0 in races - since the start of the 2014 season, including 35-0 overall and 12-0 in races so far in 2015. The boat won both the NCAA and Big Ten titles last season and has a 33-3 record in races dating back to the start of the 2013 season.

2015 marks the fourth-consecutive year 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)
2015 - First Varsity Eight (10-0)

Updated 2015 Boat-by-Boat Record
1V8: 35-0/12-0
2V8: 33-2/10-2
1V4: 32-2/10-2

*Note: First record listed is determined by placement in final standings of races. Second record is strictly win/loss record by race.

2015 Season-Best Times
1V8: 5:54.78 (vs. Minnesota, April 11)
2V8: 6:04.88 (vs. Minnesota, April 11)
1V4: 6:45.21 (vs. Minnesota, April 11)

Buckeyes Ranked No. 3
Ohio State received six of 25 first-place votes in the US Rowing/ College Rowing Coaches Association (CRCA) Week 10 Top 20 poll, released May 19. Brown is ranked No. 1 with nine first-place votes, followed by No. 2 California (five votes), the Buckeyes (six votes), No. 4 Virginia (two votes) and No. 5 Washington (one vote).

The Buckeyes have ranked within the Top 3 of the poll since April 24, 2013 and in the Top 5 since April 2, 2013.

US Rowing/CRCA Top 20 Poll
1. Brown (9 first-place votes)
2. California (5)
3. Ohio State (6)
4. Virginia (2)
5. Washington (1)
6. Michigan
7. Stanford
8. Yale
9. Washington State
10. Princeton
11. Texas
12. Wisconsin
13. Harvard-Radcliffe
14. Indiana
15. USC
16. Notre Dame
17. Syracuse
18. Louisville
19. Gonzaga
20. Cornell

Last Time Out
Ohio State won its third-consecutive Big Ten title at the 2015 Big Ten Rowing Championships May 17 at Eagle Creek Park in Indianapolis. The Buckeyes won six of seven finals on their way to a championship-record 186 points.

With its dominating victory, Ohio State became the first team in conference history to win three-consecutive Big Ten titles and now leads all schools with six conference crowns all-time after claiming its fourth title in five seasons.

Five Buckeyes earned All-Big Ten honors at the conclusion of the championships. Bauer, Shields and Holly Norton were named First Team All-Big Ten, while Davis and Aina Cid Centelles were named Second Team All-Big Ten. Anna Ralph earned the Ohio State Sportsmanship Award.