COLUMBUS, Ohio – The Ohio State rowing team announced the 2013 schedule Thursday. The team will host one spring regatta at Griggs Reservoir on the Scioto River this season, in addition to traveling for five regattas.
The Buckeyes, defending national champions in the First Varsity Four, will face seven teams this season that ended 2012 ranked in the Top 20 of the CRCA/US Rowing Coaches poll.
Ohio State will begin its 2013 slate against Ivy League opponents Princeton and Brown at Carnegie Lake, N.J., March 30. Both crews advanced to the 2012 NCAA Championships, finishing the season ranked No. 4 and No. 14, respectively.
The Buckeyes continue racing the following weekend, hosting Tennessee and Notre Dame in the OSU Invitational at Griggs Reservoir on the Scioto River April 6. The Scarlet & Gray won all six of their races against Notre Dame in their season opener last year, while also defeating Tennessee in three races last April. The Irish ended the 2012 season ranked No. 15, while Tennessee finished the year just outside of the rankings, but received votes (17).
Following the OSU Invitational, the Buckeyes will travel to Belleville Lake in Ann Arbor, Mich., to compete at the Big Ten Duals April 13. This year, Ohio State will face Michigan and Michigan State, crews that both advanced to the 2012 NCAA Championships and concluded the 2012 campaign ranked No. 2 and No. 16, respectively.
Ohio State will next travel to Clemson, S.C., to participate in the ACC/Big Ten Challenge at Lake Hartwell April 20 and 21. The regatta will feature competition from defending national champion and current No. 1 Virginia and No. 20 Clemson in addition to other colleges and universities expected to be in attendance.
Following the ACC/Big Ten Challenge, Ohio State will start postseason competition at the Big Ten Championships, which will be held at Eagle Creek Park in Indianapolis May 19. The Buckeyes are the defending Big Ten Champions in the First Novice Eight, First Varsity Four and Second Varsity Four and finished second overall in the conference last year.
After the conference championships, the Buckeyes will look to compete in their 14th-consecutive NCAA Championships. The 2013 NCAA Championships will be hosted by Notre Dame in conjunction with the Indiana Sports Corporation at Eagle Creek Park in Indianapolis from May 31-June 2.