April 20, 2013

COLUMBUS, Ohio – The No. 4 Ohio State rowing team claimed 10 wins during the first day of the Clemson Invitational. The Buckeyes posted wins over four ranked teams, including five wins over defending national champion No. 3 Virginia.

The first varsity eight opened the morning session for the Buckeyes. The crew of Katie King, Cori Meinert, Eelkje Miedema, Ashley Bauer, Meghan Birkbeck, Allison Elber, Holly Norton, Claire-Louise Bode and coxswain Amanda Poll narrowly placed second after crossing the line in 6:27.0 to finish three seconds behind Virginia (6:24.1).

In the second race of the morning, the Buckeye second varsity eight of Daphne Socha, Katie Beletskaya, Silvia De Matteis, Stephanie Johnson, Nicole Becks, Lauren Eckles, Samantha Fowle, Catherine Shields and coxswain Victoria Lazur remained perfect on the season, claiming first with a time of 6:33.4 to place eight seconds ahead of second-place Virginia (6:41.5) and 11 seconds ahead of third-place Oklahoma (6:44.0).

The first varsity four continued the winning momentum for the Buckeyes, earning a first-place finish over Virginia and Louisville. The crew of Sarah Kessler, Taylore Urban, Sara Handa, Chloe Meyer and coxswain Dara Schnoll sounded the horn in 7:21.4 to place ahead of the Cavaliers (7:25.3) and Cardinals (7:32.5).

The first novice eight picked up its first win of the season Saturday, claiming first place over Virginia in a tightly contested race. The crew of Miranda Branstool, Victoria Langwasser, Anna Gackowski, Systke Miedema, Hailey Tiarks, Bridget Verdeyen, Julia Vari, Anna Ralph and coxswain Sarah Asad crossed the line in 6:58.2 to narrowly edge the Cavaliers (6:59.3). Oklahoma rounded out the top three with a time of 7:09.0.

Ohio State next took to the water in the second varsity four, where the boat of Sarah Marshall, Jillian Getz, Anne Fruth, Julie Dick and coxswain Claire Sasowsky finished second behind Virginia (7.35.1) but ahead of Louisville (7:46.2) with a time of 7:44.8.

The Buckeye third varsity four (Julie Walsh, Sarah Milota, Anna Lind, Katherine Tylinski and coxswain Sami Jurofsky) notched the last win of the morning session for Ohio State, placing first in 7:43.0 ahead of Virginia ‘A’ (7:54.0) and Virginia ‘B’ (8:02.4).

The morning session wrapped up with second novice eight competition. The boat of Jacy Theiss, Sarah Byrd, Victoria Popp, Casey Hawkins, Nicole Bosse, Amanda Bauer, Jessa Goldner and coxswain Alexandra Irving placed third behind Texas (7:10.7) and Michigan State (7:16.8) with a time of 7:25.9.

After closing out the morning session of racing, the second novice eight opened the afternoon session of racing for the Buckeyes, once again placing third behind Texas (6:53.0) and Michigan State (6:57.6) with a time of 7:02.3.

The third varsity four notched the first of six Ohio State wins in the afternoon session, sounding the horn in 7:19.7 to place first ahead of Virginia ‘A’ (7:25.9) and Virginia ‘B’ (7:46.2).

The second varsity four continued the Buckeye win streak, capturing its second victory of the day with a first-place finish over Texas (7:41.8) and Clemson (7:53.5), having sounded the horn in 7:26.7.

Following the second varsity four, the first novice eight collected its second win of the regatta, tying with Clemson for first place (6:45.0). Texas finished third (6:47.1) while Penn placed fourth (6:56.5).

The first varsity four collected its second win of the day after crossing the line in 7:13.4 ahead of Clemson (7:23.5) and Penn (7:26.7).

The Buckeyes earned first-place finishes in both of the remaining afternoon session races. The second varsity eight posted its sixth win of the season with a victory over Clemson (6:33.8) and Penn (6:42.7) and the first varsity eight finished first over Clemson (6:23.4) and Miami (6.26.7) with a time of 6:14.8.

Ohio State concludes competition at the Clemson Invitational with the morning session at 9 a.m. Sunday.