April 11, 2013

COLUMBUS, Ohio – The No. 4 Ohio State rowing team travels to Ann Arbor, Mich., April 13 to face No. 13 Michigan and Michigan State in the Big Ten Duals at 9 a.m. at Belleville Lake.

Probable Lineups


Katie King

Cori Meinert

Eelkje Miedema

Ashley Bauer

Meghan Birkbeck

Allison Elber

Holly Norton

Claire-Louise Bode

Amanda Poll (coxswain)


Daphne Socha

Chloe Meyer

Silvia DeMatteis

Stephanie Johnson

Nicole Becks

Lauren Eckles

Samantha Fowle

Catherine Shields

Victoria Lazur (coxswain)


Dara Schnoll (coxswain)

Sarah Kessler

Taylore Urban

Sara Handa

Kate Beletskaya


Clare Sasowsky (coxswain)

Julie Walsh

Sarah Marshall

Jillian Getz

Katherine Tylinski


Sami Jurofsky (coxswain)

Sarah Milota

Anna Lind

Anne Fruth

Julie Dick


Miranda     Branstool

Victoria    Langwasser

Anna        Gackowski  

Sytske      Miedema    

Hailey      Tiarks     

Bridget     Verdeyen   

Julia       Vari 

Anna        Ralph

Sarah       Asad (coxswain)


Corinne     Jones

Jacy        Theiss     

Rachel      Wolverton  

Victoria    Popp 

Casey       Hawkins    

Nicole      Bosse

Amanda      Bauer

Jessa       Goldner    

Alexandra   Irving (coxswain)

In The Rankings

Ohio State ranks No. 4 in the latest CRCA/USRowing Coaches Poll. With their Top 5 ranking, the Buckeyes have now ranked within the Top 10 since the beginning of the season and are currently the highest ranked Big Ten team followed by No. 13 Michigan and No. 15 Wisconsin. Minnesota, Michigan State and Iowa are also in the mix, all having received votes towards the rankings.

Scouting No. 13 Michigan

The Wolverines enter the Big Ten Duals as the second-highest ranked Big Ten team behind Ohio State at No. 13. Michigan most recently raced against Notre Dame and Tennessee at the OSU Invitational, claiming five wins against the Irish and six wins against the Volunteers. For their efforts in defeating Notre Dame and Tennessee, the Michigan first varsity four shared Big Ten Boat of the Week honors with the Ohio State first varsity eight, marking the team’s second consecutive weekly honor of the season.

Scouting Michigan State

The Spartans will be participating in their second regatta of the season at the Big Ten Duals. The team participated in a scrimmage at No. 1 Virginia March 9, before competing against Michigan and Notre Dame at home in East Lansing March 30. The Spartans were swept in all six morning session races by Michigan, while dropping four races and claiming two wins against Notre Dame in the afternoon session. 

Big Ten Boat of the Week

The first varsity eight was named Big Ten Co-Boat of the Week 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 May 2012.

The boat of Katie King, Cori Meinert, Meghan Birkbeck, Ashley Bauer, Eelkje Miedema, Allison Elber, Holly Norton, Claire-Louise Bode and coxswain Amanda Poll claimed the first win of the day for the Buckeyes during the first session at the OSU Invitational, crossing the line in 6:52.7 over Tennessee (7:23.7). The crew then went on to take first place over Notre Dame in the second session, sounding the horn in 7:09.28 to defeat Notre Dame (7:21.26) by 12 seconds.

National Champions

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.

2012 In Review

The Buckeyes had an impressive 2012 season, finishing fifth with 67 points at the NCAA Championships on Lake Mercer after a regular season that saw all six boats finish above .500, including a perfect 9-0 record by the 2V8. The 1V8 concluded the regular season with an 8-1 record, while the 1V4 and 2V4 both went 8-1. The 1N8 wrapped up the regular season with a 6-3 mark and the 2N8 went 7-2 before the start of the postseason. After winning the Big Ten title in 2011, the Buckeyes were the 2012 runner-up as they were edged by Michigan by just two points (147-145). In all, the 1V4, 2V4 and 1N8 won gold medals at the event.

Up Next

The Buckeyes travel to Clemson, S.C., to compete against defending national champion No. 3 Virginia, No. 13 Michigan and No. 14 Clemson in the ACC/Big Ten Challenge April 20-21.