COLUMBUS, Ohio – The 11th-ranked Ohio State rowing team concluded the regular season Sunday with two wins vs. No. 17 Washington State on the Scioto River at Griggs Reservoir. The Second Varsity Eight and First Varsity Four secured victories for the Buckeyes as they now will prep for the Big Ten championships.
The Second Varsity Eight (Tess Prescott, Ingrid Aasaaren, Samantha Fowle, Mandy Merritt, Kate Sweeney, Anniken Ellingsen, Caroline McPherson and coxswain Samantha Getz) rebounded from a tough outing Saturday vs. Michigan State and Michigan to secure a 1.8-second win over the Cougars Sunday. The Buckeye 2V8 held a slight two-seat advantage at the halfway point, although Washington State kept pushing as it was only down a seat with about 500 meters to go. The Scarlet and Gray was able to hold on for the victory, crossing the line in 6:55.6, while Washington State followed in 6:57.4.
Gaining a six-seat lead with 600 meters remaining in the race, the First Varsity Four held off a strong Washington State crew. Jill Mohr, Emily Ralph, Stephanie Johnson, Kara Shropshire and coxswain MacKenzie Pecor sounded the horn in 7:40.4, 3.2 seconds ahead of the Cougars. The Ohio State Second Varsity Four (Ashley Dzurnak, Lindsey Titus, Sarah Cornish, Katherine Tylinski and coxswain Kristin DiJosie) also competed in the race and finished in 7:49.4.
A 1.4-second difference prevented the First Varsity Eight – Ellen Heister, Allison Elber, Claire-Louise Bode, Ulrike Denker, Claudia Herpertz, Carolin Helmholz, Claudia Schiwy, Emily Walsh and coxswain Erika Benford – from sweeping its weekend races. The Buckeyes and Cougars were even throughout much of the race until Washington State took a one and then two-seat lead at the 1,000-meter mark. Eventually WSU would prevail, sounding the horn in 6:42.8. The Buckeyes followed at 6:44.2.
The First Novice Eight opened the day where the water was much flatter, although there was a slight headwind. The Buckeyes were initially leading the Cougars, but Washington State rallied for the win, finishing in 6:59.7 compared to Ohio State’s time of 7:08.0. The Buckeye Second Novice Eight also competed in the opening race and crossed the finish line in 7:30.3.
The conference title will be contested at Eagle Creek Park in Indianapolis, Ind., May 15. The event’s format has altered from previous championships. Each boat will only race once, therefore preliminary heats and repechages will not take place. The championships will air on tape delay on the Big Ten Network at noon May 28. Log on to bigtennetwork.com for updated television schedule information.
No. 11 Ohio State vs. No. 17 Washington State April 24, 2011 Griggs Reservoir Scioto River Columbus, Ohio
First Novice Eight Washington State – 6:59.7 Ohio State – 7:08.0 Ohio State 2N8 – 7:30.3
First Varsity Four Ohio State – 7:40.4 Washington State – 7:43.6 Ohio State 2V4 – 7:49.4
Second Varsity Eight Ohio State – 6:55.6 Washington State – 6:57.4
First Varsity Eight Washington State – 6:42.8 Ohio State – 6:44.2