March 28, 2013
COLUMBUS, Ohio – The No. 6 Ohio State rowing team will open its season Saturday when it races No. 3 Princeton and No. 13 Brown at 9 a.m. on Carnegie Lake in Princeton, N.J. The regatta marks the first of seven for the Buckeyes this spring.
Coxswain: Amanda Poll
Coxswain: Victoria Lazur
Coxswain: Sami Jurofsky
Coxswain: Claire Sasowsky
Coxswain: Sarah Asad
In The Rankings
Ohio State opens the season ranked No. 6 in the first CRCA/USRowing Coaches Poll of the year. With their Top 10 ranking, the Buckeyes are currently the highest ranked Big Ten team followed by No. 7 Michigan, No. 12 Wisconsin and No. 16 Michigan State. Minnesota and Iowa are also in the mix, both having received votes towards the rankings.
Princeton opens the 2013 season ranked No. 3, having lost just one coxswain and three rowers from a team that finished fourth overall at the 2012 NCAA Championships. The Tigers have placed within the Top 4 in each of the last four NCAA Championships, and placed a boat in every NCAA Grand Final last year for the first time in over 10 years.
Brown opens the 2013 season ranked No. 13 after finishing 14th at the 2012 NCAA Championships. The Bears placed third in the 2V8 petite final, third in the 1V8 third level final and second in the 1V4 third final to conclude the 2012 season. In all, Brown has captured seven of the last 16 national championships, most recently winning a title in 2011.
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.
Jog For Jill
Ohio State participated in its second annual Jog for Jill 5k March 24, a nationwide race held to raise funds and awareness for lung cancer research in honor of Jill Costello, a coxswain for Cal who passed away from Stage IV small cell lung cancer in June 2010.
As a team, Ohio State was able to raise over $20,000 to benefit the Bonnie J. Addario Lung Cancer Foundation and Jill’s Legacy, its young adult advisory board.
The Buckeyes host the first of two home regattas this season, taking on No. 7 Michigan, No. 14 Notre Dame and Tennessee on the Scioto River at Griggs Reservoir at 9 a.m. April 6.