July 28, 2014


COLUMBUS, Ohio Ilse Paulis, an Ohio State rowing letterwinner in 2012, won a gold medal in the lightweight single sculls Sunday at the 2014 Under-23 World Rowing Championships in Varese, Italy. Paulis, a Second Team All-Big Ten honoree in 2012 representing the Netherlands, clocked in at 7:37.180, finishing 4.4 seconds ahead of Greece’s Aikaterini Nikolaidou, who finished in 7:41.580.

Paulis was one of six current or former Buckeyes competing in the Under-23 event. Joining the 2012 Ohio State Scholar-Athlete was Ashley Bauer (United States), Aina Cid Centelles (Spain), Laura Monteso Esmel (Spain), Elodie Ravera-Scaramizzino (France), Daphne Socha (France).

Already jumping out to a slight lead in the first 500 meters, Paulis, who rowed for the Buckeye First Varsity Eight in 2012, continued to pull away from Nikolaidou, who was 1.060 seconds behind Paulis by the 1000-meter mark. At 1500 meters, Paulis owned a lead of more than two seconds (2.170) and eventually sounded the horn with the winning time of 7:37.180.

Socha, a junior, paired with countrywoman Marie Jacquet in the double sculls and the duo won the bronze medal with a time of 7:08.150. The French pair was in second place throughout much of the race before falling to third in the final 2000 meters. With a slim 1.560-second advantage, Socha and Jacquet fell behind Norway’s Inger Kavlie and Marianne Madsen in the final distance. The Norwegian pair clocked in at 7:06.180, 1.970 seconds ahead of Socha and Jacquet.

Monteso Esmel, an incoming freshman, completed a 12th-place effort in the lightweight double sculls. Finishing sixth in the B Final, Monteso Esmel and teammate Ros I Martinez Mireia crossed the line in 7:28.110.

One day earlier, another trio of Buckeyes wrapped up competition in Italy. Sophomore Ravera-Scaramizzino, along with Noemie Kober, Eleonore Dubuis and Melanie Cornille, posted a fifth-place effort in a time of 6:51.820 in the four. Bauer, a rising senior for the Buckeyes, and Daphne Martschenko, Meghan Wheeler and Corinne Schoeller, finished their race in the quadruple sculls with a third-place finish in the B Final in a time of 6:48.760. Beginning her junior campaign in 2014-15, Cid Centelles and the Spanish pair duo (Anna Boada Peiro) were fourth in the B Final, sounding the horn in 7:49.920.

During the 2014 season, Bauer, Centelles and Ravera-Scaramizzino were part of the Buckeye First Varsity Eight and the crew was pivotal in helping Ohio State earn its second-consecutive NCAA team championship. This past season, the 1V8 posted an undefeated record for the first time in program boat history (12-0). Not only did the First Varsity Eight capture its second-consecutive Big Ten title, but the group made history once again by winning Ohio State’s first individual 1V8 crown at the NCAA championships.

Socha was a member of the Second Varsity Eight in 2014. The crew became the first program since Brown (2003-04) and the third team overall to claim consecutive national titles in the 2V8 event when they won an NCAA title in June. The Second Varsity Eight also won its second-consecutive Big Ten title in 2014.