COLUMBUS, Ohio – The 10th-ranked Ohio State rowing team wrapped up action on the East Coast this weekend, first competing in Derby, Conn., Saturday morning vs. No. 1 Princeton and No. 11 Yale before traveling to Boston, Mass., for the Charles River Challenge Sunday. The Buckeye First and Second Varsity Fours won their respective races during the trip.
The Second Varsity Four improved to 7-1 this season following another dominating performance by the crew of coxswain Kristin DiJosie, Ashley Dzurnak, Lindsey Titus, Sarah Cornish and Katherine Tylinski. The 2V4 has won six races outright and entered the regatta Saturday winning its races by an average of 29.6 seconds. Racing the Tigers, the Buckeyes secured a 30.5-second victory (7:48.8-8:19.3) to continue their impressive campaign.
The 2V4 also rowed in the Charles River Challenge Sunday and pulled away with a convincing victory against host Boston University, Syracuse and No. 10 Louisville. The Buckeye Second Varsity Four won by 33 seconds as the second-place Terriers clocked in at 9:27.
Returning to action from Saturday, the First Varsity Four won by 2.6 seconds vs. the Bulldogs. The team of Jill Mohr, Emily Ralph, Stephanie Johnson and Kara Shropshire, led by coxswain MacKenzie Pecor finished in 7:26.2, while Yale crossed the line in 7:28.8. The Buckeyes now own an 8-1 overall record.
Less than a second (0.9) prevented the Second Varsity Eight from securing a second-place finish in a three-boat race. Tess Prescott, Ingrid Aasaaren, Samantha Fowle, Mandy Merritt, Kate Sweeney, Anniken Ellingsen, Caroline McPherson and coxswain Samantha Getz clocked in at 6:49.0, while Yale finished in 6:48.1. Princeton won the race with a time of 6:45.1.
Ellen Heister, Allison Elber, Claire-Louise Bode, Ulrike Denker, Claudia Herpertz, Carolin Helmholz, Claudia Schiwy, Emily Walsh and coxswain Erika Benford, members of the First Varsity Eight, concluded their race in 6:42.5. The No. 1 Tigers outdistanced the Bulldogs for the win in 6:28.1, while Yale sounded the horn in 6:31.0.
A third Varsity Eight (Novice) race was contested. The Buckeyes finished third in a time of 7:22.0. Princeton won the race in 7:07.3, before Yale’s 7:13.1.
The Buckeyes will host their final regular-season regattas April 23 and 24 before entering postseason action. Ohio State will welcome Michigan and Michigan State for a two-session event beginning at 9 a.m. April 23. The second session is slated to begin at 1 p.m. The following day, the Scarlet and Gray will host Washington State at 9 a.m. on the Scioto River. No. 10 Ohio State vs. No. 1 Princeton, No. 11 Yale Eisenberg Cup April 16, 2011 Derby, Conn. Results courtesy of row2k.com
First Varsity Eight Princeton – 6:28.1 Yale – 6:31.0 Ohio State – 6:42.5
Second Varsity Eight Princeton – 6:45.1 Yale – 6:48.1 Ohio State – 6:49.0
First Varsity Four Ohio State – 7:26.2 Yale – 7:28.8 Princeton – 7:39.7
Second Varsity Four Ohio State – 7:48.8 Princeton – 8:19.3
Third Varsity Eight Princeton – 7:07.3 Yale – 7:13.1 Ohio State – 7:22.0
Charles River Challenge April 17, 2011 Boston, Mass. Result courtesy of row2k.com
Second Varsity Four Ohio State – 8:54.0 Boston – 9:27.0 Syracuse – 10:15.0 Louisville – 10:53.0