COLUMBUS, Ohio – The Ohio State Second Varsity and First Novice Eights had strong outings at the annual ACC/Big Ten Challenge Saturday on Lake Monticello in Lake Monticello, Va. The Buckeye women’s rowing team will now prepare for its third-consecutive road regatta April 10 in Bloomington, Ind., vs. Michigan, Michigan State and Notre Dame.

The event was divided into a morning and afternoon session. The Scarlet and Gray began the day vs. No. 11 Clemson and the Second Varsity Eight secured a 7.6 second win, clocking in at 6:49.4, while Clemson finished in 6:57.0. The 2V8 had a slight change in its lineup from last week as Anniken Ellingsen and Ellen Heister joined teammates Tess Prescott, Jill Mohr, Mandy Merritt, Katie Flarida, Lindsey Titus, Charlott Goldstein and coxswain Kristin DiJosie.

The First Novice Eight highlighted the afternoon racing as it finished exactly four seconds ahead (7:05.4-7:09.4) of No. 2 Virginia’s novice squad. That Buckeye crew consisted of Elise Mayo, Colleen Krajewski, Jessica Breig, Samantha Fowle, Caroline Farrar, Leslie Weist, Sarah Cornish, Allison Elber and coxswain Kyrsten French.

Back to the morning session, the First Varsity Eight, First Varsity Four and Second Varsity Four came in second to the Tigers. The First and Second Novice Eights were second and third, respectively.

The 1V8 crossed the finish line just 1.6 seconds behind Clemson in slight headwind (6:40.6-6:42.2). The Buckeye crew of Ingrid Aasaaren, Carolin Helmholz, Claudia Herpertz, Ulrike Denker, Emily Walsh, Emily Ralph, Erin Shropshire, Sara Wallace and coxswain Samantha Getz did improve on its time from last week’s race in Princeton (6:55.0). 

Making an 11.3 second improvement from last week, the 1V4 of Stephanie Johnson, Kate Sweeney, Katie Coons and Farrah Edwards finished its race vs. the Tigers in 7:44.3. Also of note, Coons was new to the lineup this week. Clemson completed the race in 7:30.7.   

Ashley Dzurnak, Julie Dick, Katherine Tylinski and Kara Shropshire comprised the 2V4 and that group crossed the finish line in 7:54.7 behind Clemson’s 7:47.6.

Both the 1N8 and 2N8 got into the action Saturday with the First Novice Eight taking second in a time of 7:11.0. The Second Novice Eight – Kristen Ricker, Kaitlin Maloney, Samantha Autry, Eileen Gehlhausen, Jessica Danker, Sarah Brad, Elizabeth Trentman, Christine McMillan and coxswain Katie Daniel – obtained valuable experience racing against some of the best in the ACC as they finished in 7:26.4.

After a break, the Buckeyes got right back out on the water against the second-best team in the nation. Again, Ohio State did not necessarily earn the results they were hoping for, but gained valuable knowledge after competing against some of the best in women’s collegiate rowing.
The First Varsity Eight’s time of 6:59.8 vs. the Cavaliers’ 6:46.7 was obtained in variable cross headwind, as well as choppy water. Meanwhile, the Second Varsity Eight fell 4.5 seconds short (6:58.2) of beating Virginia, who finished in 6:53.7.

Finishing third in a time of 7:56.8, the First Varsity Four raced Virginia’s “A” and “B” boats. The 2V4 also raced two Cavalier crews. The Buckeyes clocked in at 8:06.0 for a third-place finish.

Last, but not least, the Second Novice Eight was third (7:30.3) vs. its teammates and Virginia.