April 3, 2014
COLUMBUS, Ohio – The No. 2 Ohio State rowing team continues the 2014 season Saturday at the Oregon State Classic in Lowell, Ore., marking the second of seven regattas for the Buckeyes this year. Ohio State will face three ranked teams in No. 9 Michigan, No. 13 Stanford and No. 20 Oregon State and will also compete against Duke.
LAST TIME OUT
The No. 1 Ohio State rowing team opened the 2014 season with a victory over No. 12 Michigan, claiming three wins March 29 at Griggs Reservoir on the Scioto River.
The second varsity four of Victoria Langwasser, Audrey Penza, Sytske Miedema, Anne Fruth and coxswain Sarah Asad earned the Buckeyes’ first win of the day, crossing the line in 7:23.09 to defeat the Wolverines, who finished the race in 7:27.11.
The second varsity eight continued its regular season undefeated streak. The crew of Nikki Becks, Chloe Meyer, Anna Gackowski, Kate Beletskaya, Sandra Dinter, Anne Dietrich, Stephanie Williams, Taylore Urban and coxswain Alex Sawatzki placed first with a time of 6:30.42 while Michigan placed second in 6:38.26.
The regatta concluded with first varsity eight competition. The Buckeye crew of Daphne Socha, Lauren Eckles, Eelkje Miedema, Ashley Bauer, Katie King, Elodie Rivera, Holly Norton, Catherine Shields and coxswain Victoria Lazur concluded the day with a win, posting a time of 6:21.36 to defeat the Wolverines, who posted a 6:24.66.
IN THE RANKINGS
Ohio State ranks No. 2 in the second CRCA/USRowing Coaches Poll of the year, receiving six first-place votes. With their second-place ranking, the Buckeyes are currently the highest ranked Big Ten team followed by No. 9 Michigan and No. 16 Wisconsin. Michigan State, Iowa and Minnesota are also in the mix, all having received votes toward the rankings.
SCOUTING No. 9 MICHIGAN
Michigan began the 2014 season against the No. 1 Buckeyes, falling to Ohio State March 29 in Columbus, Ohio, at Griggs Reservoir on the Scioto River. The Wolverines claimed wins in the third varsity four, first varsity four, second novice eight and first novice eight but were defeated in the second varsity four, second varsity eight and first varsity eight.
SCOUTING No. 13 STANFORD
Stanford opened its season with the PAC-12 Challenge March 29 in Redwood Shores, Calif. The Cardinal raced against No. 3 Virginia in the morning session and No. 16 Louisville in the evening session, earning a win in the first varsity four against the Cavaliers and wins in the first varsity four, second varsity eight and first varsity eight against the Cardinals.
SCOUTING No. 20 OREGON STATE
The Beavers got the 2014 season underway March 8, as the first varsity eight and second varsity eight claimed first place finishes at Dexter Lake in Lowell, Ore., against the University of Victoria and Gonzaga.
Last weekend, Oregon State defeated San Diego in the first and second varsity eight but fell to No. 3 Virginia in first varsity eight, second varsity eight and first varsity four competition at the PAC-12 Challenge March 29 in Redwood Shores, Calif.
Duke opened the 2014 season March 15-16 at the Cardinal Invitational in Oak Ridge, Tenn., defeating Michigan State and Kansas in the first varsity eight and placing third in the first varsity four, second varsity eight and first novice eight before falling to Louisville in the first varsity eight, first varsity four, second varsity eight and second varsity four. The Blue Devils finished the weekend with a win against Notre Dame in the second varsity four.
Last weekend, Duke placed second in the first varsity eight and won third varsity eight competition against Buffalo, Clemson, Iowa, Kansas and Purdue Saturday on Lake Hartwell in Clemson, S.C.
With its win over No. 12 Michigan, Ohio State’s second varsity eight continued its regular-season undefeated streak from the 2012 campaign (9-0) and the 2013 campaign (8-0) and now stands at 18-0 in regular-season competition dating back to March 24, 2012.
The Buckeye second varsity eight claimed an NCAA Championship and Big Ten Championship last year, ending the 2013 season with a perfect 12-0 overall record.
B1G BOAT OF THE WEEK
The second varsity eight was named Big Ten Boat of the Week, the conference office announced Tuesday. The weekly honor marks the first of the season for the Buckeyes, and the first since the second varsity eight earned the honor in April 2013.
The boat of Nicole Becks, Chloe Meyer, Anna Gackowski, Katie Beletskaya, Sandra Dinter, Anne Dietrich, Stephanie Williams, Taylore Urban and coxswain Alex Sawatzki earned one of three Buckeye varsity first-place finishes with a victory over No. 12 Michigan Saturday morning at Griggs Reservoir on the Scioto River. With their time of 6:30.42, the Buckeyes defeated the Wolverines (6:38.26) by 7.44 seconds, the largest margin of victory on the day for Ohio State.
2014 BOAT RECORDS
First Varsity Eight: 1-0
Second Varsity Eight: 1-0
First Varsity Four: 0-1
Second Varsity Four: 1-0
Third Varsity Four: 0-1
First Novice Eight: 0-1
Second Novice Eight: 0-1
Madeline Davis joined the Buckeye coaching staff as an assistant coach in July 2013 after spending three seasons as the assistant lightweight women’s rowing coach at Stanford University. At Stanford, Davis assisted the Cardinal lightweight eight to three consecutive national championships, including a national title at the 2013 IRA National Championships.
Davis was a four-year varsity letterwinner, three-year member of the lightweight varsity eight and an Eastern Sprints and IRA Champion at Princeton.
A former Ohio State student-athlete (2009-12), Claudia Herpertz returned to her alma mater in the fall of 2013 as a Graduate Assistant after serving as an Assistant Coach for the Three Rivers Rowing Association (2012-13). Throughout her career at Ohio State, Herpertz earned Second Team All-Big Ten (2010), CRCA National Scholar Athlete (2010-12) and OSU Scholar-Athlete (2010-12) honors. She is currently working on a master’s degree in sport management at Ohio State.
Ohio State made program history at the 2013 NCAA Championships, winning its first national team title with 126 points after gold medal performances in the first varsity four and second varsity eight and a bronze medal performance in the first varsity eight. With the wins, the first varsity four claimed its second consecutive national title while the second varsity eight claimed its first. The Buckeyes became the first Big Ten team to win a national team title in rowing, and the first women’s team at Ohio State to claim an NCAA Championship.
BIG TEN CHAMPIONS
The Buckeyes captured their fourth Big Ten Championship in 2013, earning a championship record 160 points in the process. Five Ohio State crews claimed gold medals at the regatta as the first varsity eight, second varsity eight, first varsity four, third varsity four and first novice eight all tallied first-place finishes.
Five Buckeyes earned All-Big Ten honors at the conclusion of the championships, as Claire-Louise Bode, Allison Elber and Eelkje Miedema were named First Team All-Big Ten and Cori Meinert and Holly Norton were named Second Team All-Big Ten. Chloe Meyer was named the Ohio State Sportsmanship Award honoree.
2013 IN REVIEW
The Ohio State rowing team enjoyed a record-setting season in 2013, winning its first NCAA Championship as a team and claiming its fourth Big Ten Championship. Head coach Andy Teitelbaum and assistant Coach Diana Albrecht guided the Buckeye varsity crews to a 39-9 overall record in 2013, including a 9-3 mark in the first varsity eight, a 10-1 record in the first varsity four and a perfect 12-0 mark in the second varsity eight.
At the conclusion of the season, Teitelbaum was named Big Ten Coach of the Year, CRCA Central Region Coach of the Year and CRCA Division I Coach of the Year, while Albrecht collected CRCA Central Region Assistant Coach of the Year and CRCA Division I Assistant Coach of the Year honors.
Claire-Louise Bode became the first Buckeye rower to be named Ohio State Female Athlete of the Year and the third to be named Big Ten Rowing Athlete of the Year, while Catherine Shields became the third Buckeye to be named a Big Ten Co-Freshman of the Year.
The Buckeyes travel to Iowa City, Iowa, April 12 to compete against Iowa and No. 17 Louisville.