COLUMBUS, Ohio – The third-ranked Ohio State women’s rowing team is set for NCAA Championships on Friday-Sunday, May 25-27, held at Nathan Benderson Park in Sarasota, Fla. Hosted by Central Florida, OSU makes its 19th consecutive appearance at the event. All races will be streamed live on NCAA.com.
The highest seeded boat for the Buckeyes is the 1V4 at No. 3, which is 32-0 overall this season and 10-0 in races. The 2V8 is seeded fourth, owning a record of 31-1 overall and 9-1 in races. The fifth-seeded 1V8 completes the Ohio State rowing unit, also with a 31-1 overall record and 9-1 in races.
The First Varsity Eight starts off competition on Friday racing in the fourth lane in the fourth heat at 9:36 a.m., alongside UCF, Wisconsin, Texas, Brown and Rhode Island. The Second Varsity Eight will race in the third lane of the fourth heat at 10:24 a.m., against UCF, Yale, Michigan, Brown and Navy. The final race of the morning will be the First Varsity Four, appearing in lane three of heat three at 11 a.m. alongside Navy, Indiana, Yale, Iowa and Jacksonville.
Each boat division is comprised of four heats on Friday morning. The top-two boats from each heat Friday morning will automatically advance to Saturday’s A/B semifinal. The remaining boats will re-adjourn Friday afternoon for second-chance races known as repechages to seed boats for Saturday’s semifinals. Saturday will consist of two A/B semifinals and two C/D semifinals. After the conclusion of those races, boats will be slotted in one of four finals (D final, C final, Petite final and Grand final). From the 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.
OHIO STATE NCAA CHAMPIONSHIPS HISTORY
The Buckeyes have competed at 18 of the 20 NCAA championships all-time and own 10 Top 5 team finishes at the regatta. Last season, Ohio State finished fifth as a team with 106 points behind Washington, California, Michigan and Texas. From 2013-15, Ohio State won the NCAA title three years in a row, becoming the only program in NCAA rowing to accomplish that feat.
Ohio State owns seven 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 won back-to-back championships in 2013 and 2014, while the First Varsity Eight won three consecutive national championships from 2014-16.
BUCKEYES IN THE RANKINGS
Following the conference championship win, Ohio State moved into the No. 3 ranking in the USRowing/Collegiate Rowing Coaches Association poll, the team’s highest ranking of the season. Defending national champion Washington is the top-ranked favorite with 499 points, earning the top seed in all three races for the second consecutive year. California is seeded second with 456 points, just ahead of Ohio State with 422 points.
SIXTH-TIME STRAIGHT SUCCESS
Last time out, the rowing team swept all seven races at the Big Ten Championships to claim its sixth consecutive conference title and ninth in program history. The Buckeyes took all 192 possible points and marked the first time a school has won all seven races since the adoption of the current format in 2013.
NOTHDURFT, TEITELBAUM RECEIVE B1G AWARDS
Lexie Nothdurft, a member of the fifth-seeded First Varsity Eight, was named Big Ten Rowing Freshman of the Year on May 16. Nothdurft, a native of Brisbane, Queensland, began the season with the Second Varsity Eight. In the second regatta of the year, Nothdurft helped the First Varsity Eight to a sweep over Virginia and Clemson on March 31, and as a result, the 1V8 was named Big Ten Co-Boat of the Week. The First Varsity Eight continued an undefeated streak throughout the rest of the season, finishing with a record of 31-1 overall and 9-1 in races. Nothdurft most recently helped the Buckeyes to a sweep of all seven races at the 2018 Big Ten Championships, claiming the ninth conference title in OSU history. She marks the fifth Freshman of the Year award for Ohio State and the first since Sarah Davis in 2015.
Andy Teitelbaum was named Big Ten Coach of the Year for the eighth time in his career, and the second consecutive year. Teitelbaum continues to lead the Ohio State women’s rowing program to unprecedented heights, guiding the team to its sixth conference championship in as many years. No other Big Ten school has won the conference title more than twice in a row.