No. 1 Ohio State Set to Compete at 2013 NCAA Championships
May 29, 2013
COLUMBUS, Ohio - The No. 1 Ohio State women's rowing team travels to Indianapolis, Ind., this weekend to compete at the 2013 NCAA Championships May 31 - June 2 at Eagle Creek Park.
The Buckeyes are making their 14th-consecutive appearance and 15th overall in the national championships. The 22-team field includes two other Big Ten Conference teams in Michigan and Wisconsin.
2013 NCAA CHAMPIONSHIPS 22-TEAM FIELD (ALPHABETICAL ORDER)
Boston University Brown California
Victoria Lazur (coxswain)
Amanda Poll (coxswain)
Dara Schnoll (coxswain)
Friday, May 31: 8:30 a.m. - 5 p.m.
Saturday, June 1: 8:30 a.m. - 11:30 a.m.
Sunday, June 2: 8:30 a.m. - 11 a.m.
Awards Ceremony: Sunday, June 2 at 11:45 a.m.
The Buckeyes enter the 2013 NCAA Championships as No. 1 in the second varsity eight, No. 2 in the first varsity four and No. 3 in the first varsity eight. Ohio State is the only squad with all three boats seeded in the top three.
All-session and single-session tickets for the Championships can be purchased at www.NCAA.com/tickets through May 29. Beginning May 30, tickets are available on-site (cash only). All-session tickets are $40, while student and senior citizen tickets are $25. The tickets include all three days of competition. Single-session tickets are $15, while student and senior citizen are $10.
Video streaming of the championships, as well as live results, will be available on NCAA.com.
OHIO STATE ALL-TIME CHAMPIONSHIP APPEARANCES
Team: 2000, 2001, 2002, 2003, 2004, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013
*Beginning with the 2013 NCAA Championships, the format changed to 22 teams earning bids from the previous format of 16 teams. The 2013 regatta features automatic qualifiers from 11 conferences, plus 11 at-large qualifiers.
OHIO STATE NCAA CHAMPIONSHIPS TOP BOAT FINISHES
Team: Third (2007 in Oak Ridge, Tenn.)
YEAR-BY-YEAR TEAM FINISHES
2012: Fifth (West Windsor, N.J.)
Ohio State won its first national title in 2012 when the 1V4 of coxswain Alexandra Sawatzki, Taylore Urban, Katie King, Stephanie Johnson and Emily Ralph crossed the line in 7:13.09 to defeat Virginia by 2.09 seconds. Previously, the Buckeye 1V4 had placed as high as third at the NCAA Championships in 2006 in West Windsor, N.J.
LAST TIME OUT
Ohio State captured its fourth Big Ten title May 19 at Eagle Creek Park in Indianapolis, Ind. In a tightly contested championship, the Buckeye first varsity eight clinched the team title for Ohio State after placing first in the final race of the morning to tally 63 points towards the team total and championship record of 160 points, securing a program victory.
Five of seven Buckeye crews placed first in their respective races as the first varsity eight, second varsity eight, first varsity four, third varsity four and first novice eight all earned gold medals. The second varsity four finished third to earn bronze.
BIG TEN ACCOLADES
Ohio State collected three Big Ten honors as head coach Andy Teitelbaum was named Big Ten Coach of the Year, junior Claire-Louise Bode was named Big Ten Athlete of the Year and freshman Catherine Shields earned Big Ten Co-Freshman of the Year honors.
The award marks the fourth Coach of the Year laurel for Teitelbaum and his second in the last three years. Teitelbaum previously earned the honor in 2002, 2006 and 2011.
Bode, a native of Johannesburg, South Africa, became the third Buckeye to win Athlete of the Year and the first since Ninett Kossowsky in 2006 while Shields, a native of Rangiora, New Zealand, is the third Buckeye to take home Freshman of the Year recognition and the first since Annabelle Fago in 2004.
CRCA ALL-CENTRAL REGION
Teitelbaum and assistant coach Diana Albrecht earned Central Region Coach of the Year and Central Region Assistant Coach of the Year honors. The award marks the fifth honor for Teitelbaum, who previously won the award in 2002, 2003, 2004 and 2011, and the second honor for Albrecht, who was previously awarded the laurel in 2008.
Additionally, four rowers were honored by the CRCA as senior Allison Elber and juniors Claire-Louise Bode and Eelkje Miedema were named First Team All-Central Region and junior Cori Meinert was named Second Team All-Central Region.
Five Buckeyes were also named CRCA Scholar-Athletes. Meinert, junior Lauren Eckles and sophomores Victoria Lazur, Chloe Meyer and Amanda Poll were recognized for earning a 3.5 grade point average or higher.
IN THE RANKINGS
Ohio State moved up to No. 1 in the final regular season CRCA/USRowing Coaches Poll. With their top ranking, the Buckeyes have now ranked within the Top 5 for all but one week of the 2013 season, and have ranked within the Top 3 for five-consecutive weeks (April 24-May 29).
The Buckeyes remain the highest-ranked Big Ten team followed by No. 13 Wisconsin and No. 14 Michigan. Michigan State, Minnesota and Iowa ended the regular season receiving votes towards the rankings.
First Varsity Eight: 7-2
Second Varsity Eight: 9-0
First Varsity Four: 7-1
Second Varsity Four: 4-4
Third Varsity Four: 5-2
Ohio State's second varsity eight continued its regular season undefeated streak from the 2012 campaign (9-0), ending the 2013 regular season with a perfect 8-0 record and a 17-0 overall record in regular season competition dating back to March 24, 2012.
The second varsity eight won gold at the 2013 Big Ten Championships, improving its 2013 record to 9-0 after crossing the line in 6:31.41, 11.3 seconds ahead of Wisconsin and 16.04 seconds ahead of Michigan.
The Buckeyes have faced 21 opponents throughout the 2013 season, 18 of which were ranked or receiving votes towards the rankings at the time of competition. Ohio State posted a combined 35 wins over these opponents, including five over defending national champion No. 4 Virginia.
BIG TEN BOAT OF THE WEEK
The Buckeyes won three Big Ten Boat of the Week Awards this season (April 9-April 23). The first varsity eight earned the first award, while the second varsity eight tallied the last two.
2013 Boats of the Week
March 12: Minnesota First Varsity Eight
April 16: Ohio State Second Varsity Eight
April 23: Ohio State Second Varsity Eight
April 30: Wisconsin First Varsity Four