COLUMBUS, Ohio – The Ohio State rowing team’s Second Varsity Eight, Second Varsity Four and First Novice Eights shined in the preliminary and semifinal heats at the Aramark South/Central Region Sprints on Melton Hill Lake in Oak Ridge, Tenn., Saturday. The Buckeyes will resume competition Sunday at 9 a.m.

The Second Varsity Eight, Second Varsity Four and First Novice Eight will compete for regional titles Sunday when they row in the Grand Final. The First Varsity Eight and the First Varsity Four boats will row in the Petite Finals.

First Varsity Eight
The Buckeye boat – Claudia Herpertz, Carolin Helmholz, Ingrid Aasaaren, Ulrike Denker, Erin Shropshire, Sara Wallace, Lindsey Titus, Charlott Goldstein and Kristin DiJosie – finished first over its five competitors in its preliminary heat. Ohio State crossed the finish line in 6:48.00, while Tennessee and Oklahoma placed second and third in 6:49.26 and 6:54.84, respectively. Texas finished fourth in 6:59.30, while Miami (7:11.66) and Kansas (7:21.48) finished fifth and sixth. The Buckeyes placed fourth in their A/B semifinal (6:41.59), timing in ahead of Notre Dame (6:44.79) and Oklahoma (6:55.46). Virginia, Wisconsin and Clemson went on to nab the top three spots in 6:28.80, 6:34.81 and 6:36.62, respectively.

Second Varsity Eight
The boat of Jill Mohr, Tess Prescott, Emily Walsh, Emily Ralph, Mandy Merritt, Caroline McPherson, Anniken Ellingsen, Katie Flarida and Erika Benford finished first in the preliminaries in 6:51.00. Ohio State topped Tennessee (6:57.26), Central Florida (7:11.90), Indiana (7:12.00), Kansas State (7:38.72) and Southern Methodist (7:56.70). The Scarlet and Gray semifinal boat went on to finish second (6:43.31) in the A/B semifinal behind Wisconsin’s 6:42.20, while Clemson (6:46.54), Michigan State (6:51.56), Minnesota (7:07.70) and Central Florida (7:14.84) followed.

First Varsity Four
Ohio State’s crew of Stephanie Johnson, Ellen Heister, Claudia Schiwy, Farrah Edwards and Samantha Getz clocked in second behind Wisconsin (7:38.20) in 7:44.28. Texas, Kansas and Louisville finished third (7:48.39), fourth (7:51.48) and fifth (8:32.82) in the preliminary heat. The crew rowed to a fourth-place finish in the semifinals with a time of 7:35.36, ahead of Notre Dame in 7:37.07 and Tennessee in 7:48.82. Virginia finished first, checking in at 7:21.20, while Michigan State and Clemson grabbed the two and three spots in 7:27.78 and 7:29.55, respectively.

Second (Open) Varsity Four
Ashley Dzurnak, Kate Sweeney, Katie Coons, Kara Shropshire and MacKenzie Pecor  finished second in 7:48.50 behind Virginia (7:37.90) for its preliminary heat. Notre Dame came in third with a time of 7:58.23 as Oklahoma and Tennessee rounded out the fourth and fifth spots in 8:07.14 and 8:18.55, respectively. Ohio State landed a Top 3 finish in the semifinals with a time of 7:48.64 for third place ahead of Michigan (7:50.78), Kansas (7:54.07) and Michigan State (8:03.50). Clemson (7:41.00) and Virginia (7:44.28) were first and second.

First Novice Eight
The Scarlet and Gray – Colleen Krawjewski, Caroline Farrar, Samantha Fowle, Allison Elber, Leslie Weist, Sarah Brad, Elizabeth Trentman, Katherine Tylinski and Kyrsten French – placed second out of six preliminary competitors with a time of 7:04.43. Virginia came in first in 6:56.90, while Michigan (7:10.02), Central Florida (7:13.41), Wisconsin (7:17.02), Indiana (7:37.30) and Kansas State (8:02.12) finished third through seventh, respectively. The Buckeyes A/B seminal won in 7:04.80, beating out their five competitors: Michigan State (7:08.76), Central Florida (7:13.69), Indiana (7:19.48), Tennessee (7:21.54) and Kansas (7:26.28).