COLUMBUS, Ohio – After winning four of six races vs. Michigan in its season opener March 26 on the Scioto River at Griggs Reservoir in Columbus, Ohio, the Ohio State rowing team made the largest leap in the CRCA/USRowing Coaches poll this week. The Buckeyes, who were tabbed the 13th best squad in the nation in the inaugural standings, moved six places to No. 7 Tuesday. The Scarlet and Gray earned 313 points.
One of the most impressive performances last Saturday afternoon was the 11.8-second win by the First Varsity Eight of Ellen Heister, Allison Elber, Carolin Helmholz, Claudia Herpertz, Ulrike Denker, Claire-Louise Bode, Emily Walsh, Claudia Schiwy and coxswain Erika Benford. The Scarlet and Gray crossed the finish line in 6:30.2, while the Wolverines finished in 6:42.0.
The Second Varsity Eight’s 8.7-second win was notable as well. The crew, guided by coxswain Samantha Getz, of Cori Meinert, Tess Prescott, Ingrid Aasaaren, Samantha Fowle, Mandy Merritt, Caroline McPherson, Anniken Ellingsen and Kate Sweeney sounded the horn in 6:37.6, ahead of the Wolverine’s 6:46.3.
The Buckeye Four boats also posted victories on the afternoon. The Second Varsity Four (Katherine Tylinski, Ashley Dzurnak, Stephanie Johnson, Sarah Cornish, coxswain Kristin DiJosie) won by 6.6 seconds, finishing in 7:42.3 compared to the Maize and Blue’s (3rd four) time of 7:48.9.
The Ohio State First Varsity Four edged Michigan by 1.6 seconds. Jill Mohr, Emily Ralph, Lindsey Titus, Kara Shropshire and coxswain MacKenzie Pecor held on for the win, clocking in with a time 7:27.3. The Wolverines’ time was 7:28.9.
The Buckeyes will welcome Michigan, Virginia and Clemson for the ACC/Big Ten Challenge Sunday on the Scioto River. The first session will begin at 9 a.m., with the second half of the regatta slated to begin at 1 p.m. (Directions). Women’s NCAA Division I Rankings (March 30)
Team (1st-Place Votes) TotalVotes Previous Week 1. Princeton (21) 4762 2. Virginia 453 1 3. California (4) 451 3 4. Stanford 422 4 5.Brown 409 5 6. Yale 334 6 7. Ohio State313 13 8. Washington 305 7 9. USC295 9 10. Michigan State 291 8 11. UCLA 211 14 12. Michigan 209 1113. Washington State 195 12 14. Clemson 145 15 15. Wisconsin 139 1016. Texas 133 20 17. Penn 95 NR 18. Cornell 61 18 19. Dartmouth 6017 20. Harvard 55 19