April 17, 2014

COLUMBUS, Ohio – The No. 3 Ohio State rowing team continues its schedule on the road, traveling to Ann Arbor, Mich., to compete in the Big Ten/ACC Challenge Saturday, April 19. The Buckeyes will race No. 4 Virginia and No. 9 Notre Dame at Belleville Lake, with competition at 9 a.m. and 1 p.m. ET.


Ohio State traveled to Iowa City, Iowa, April 12 to compete against No. 19 Louisville, Iowa and Indiana in the Big Ten Challenge at Lake MacBride.

The Buckeyes swept competition, claiming first place in all seven races. The first varsity eight opened the morning of racing for the Buckeyes, crossing the line in 6:33.70 to notch first place. Ohio State next placed first in the second varsity eight as the crew sounded the horn in 6:42.40. Following the second varsity eight, the first varsity four claimed victory with a time of 7:28.80 while the second varsity four earned a win with a time of 7:55.20 and the third varsity four completed the varsity sweep with a win after crossing the line in 8:03.50.

In novice competition, the first novice eight claimed its first win of the season with a time of 7:13.0 while the second novice eight tallied its first win of the season in 7:38.70.


Ohio State currently ranks No. 3 in the most recent CRCA/USRowing Coaches Poll, receiving three first-place votes. With their third-place ranking, the Buckeyes have ranked within the Top 3 since April 24, 2013 and within the Top 5 since April 2, 2013.

Additionally, the Buckeyes are currently the highest ranked Big Ten team followed by No. 10 Michigan and No. 15 Wisconsin and No. 20 Indiana. Michigan State, Minnesota and Iowa are also in the mix, all receiving votes toward the rankings.


All seven of the opponents the Buckeyes have faced so far throughout the 2014 campaign are currently ranked within the Top 20 of the CRCA/USRowing Coaches Poll, or are receiving votes toward the rankings. Ohio State has posted a combined 16 wins over these opponents.


The Cavaliers, 2012 National Champions, opened the 2014 season with a sweep of competition at the Oak Ridge Cardinal Invitational March 15-16 in Oak Ridge, Tenn. Virginia picked up three wins in the first varsity eight, second varsity eight, third varsity eight, first novice eight, first varsity four, second varsity four and third varsity four.

Virginia next traveled to Redwood Shores, Calif., to compete in the Pac-12 Challenge. The Cavaliers finished the first day with seven wins, claiming three over No. 13 Stanford and four against Oregon State. The team then claimed three wins over No. 6 USC on the second and final day of racing.

Last week, Virginia captured four wins (first varsity eight, first varsity four, second and third varsity four and third varsity eight) against No. 7 Princeton and Columbia on Lake Carnegie.


Notre Dame opened the 2014 season at the Oak Ridge Invitational, where the team posted three wins over Louisville and West Virginia on the first day of competition before claiming three more wins over Duke during the second day.

The Irish continued their season at the Lake Natoma Invitational April 12-13, where they posted a win in the first varsity four over USC and Oklahoma as well as six second-place finishes during the first day. On the final day of racing, Notre Dame added three more second-place finishes to earn a fifth-place overall finish at the regatta.


Second Varsity Eight – (April 1)

First Varsity Eight – (April 8)


First Varsity Eight: 4-0

Second Varsity Eight: 3-1

First Varsity Four: 2-2

Second Varsity Four: 4-0

Third Varsity Four: 1-1

First Novice Eight: 1-1

Second Novice Eight: 1-1


The Buckeye second varsity eight fell to No. 11 Stanford in the afternoon session at the Oregon State Classic, snapping its two-year regular-season undefeated streak. Prior to the loss April 5, the second varsity eight had not lost a regular-season race since April 23, 2011.

The second varsity eight went undefeated during the 2012 campaign (9-0) and the 2013 campaign (8-0), also winning its first race of the 2014 season against No. 9 Michigan to compile an 18-0 record in regular-season competition dating back to March 24, 2012.

The Buckeye second varsity eight claimed an NCAA Championship and Big Ten Championship last year, ending the 2013 season with a perfect 12-0 overall record.


Madeline Davis joined the Buckeye coaching staff as an assistant coach in July 2013 after spending three seasons as the assistant lightweight women’s rowing coach at Stanford University. At Stanford, Davis assisted the Cardinal lightweight eight to three consecutive national championships, including a national title at the 2013 IRA National Championships.

Davis was a four-year varsity letterwinner, three-year member of the lightweight varsity eight and an Eastern Sprints and IRA Champion at Princeton.

A former Ohio State student-athlete (2009-12), Claudia Herpertz returned to her alma mater in the fall of 2013 as a Graduate Assistant after serving as an Assistant Coach for the Three Rivers Rowing Association (2012-13). Throughout her career at Ohio State, Herpertz earned Second Team All-Big Ten (2010), CRCA National Scholar Athlete (2010-12) and OSU Scholar-Athlete (2010-12) honors. She is currently working on a master’s degree in sport management at Ohio State.


Ohio State made program history at the 2013 NCAA Championships, winning its first national team title with 126 points after gold medal performances in the first varsity four and second varsity eight and a bronze medal performance in the first varsity eight. With the wins, the first varsity four claimed its second consecutive national title while the second varsity eight claimed its first. The Buckeyes became the first Big Ten team to win a national team title in rowing, and the first women’s team at Ohio State to claim an NCAA Championship.


The Buckeyes captured their fourth Big Ten Championship in 2013, earning a championship record 160 points in the process. Five Ohio State crews claimed gold medals at the regatta as the first varsity eight, second varsity eight, first varsity four, third varsity four and first novice eight all tallied first-place finishes.

Five Buckeyes earned All-Big Ten honors at the conclusion of the championships, as Claire-Louise Bode, Allison Elber and Eelkje Miedema were named First Team All-Big Ten and Cori Meinert and Holly Norton were named Second Team All-Big Ten. Chloe Meyer was named the Ohio State Sportsmanship Award honoree.


The Ohio State rowing team enjoyed a record-setting season in 2013, winning its first NCAA Championship as a team and claiming its fourth Big Ten Championship. Head coach Andy Teitelbaum and assistant Coach Diana Albrecht guided the Buckeye varsity crews to a 39-9 overall record in 2013, including a 9-3 mark in the first varsity eight, a 10-1 record in the first varsity four and a perfect 12-0 mark in the second varsity eight.

At the conclusion of the season, Teitelbaum was named Big Ten Coach of the Year, CRCA Central Region Coach of the Year and CRCA Division I Coach of the Year, while Albrecht collected CRCA Central Region Assistant Coach of the Year and CRCA Division I Assistant Coach of the Year honors.

Claire-Louise Bode became the first Buckeye rower to be named Ohio State Female Athlete of the Year and the third to be named Big Ten Rowing Athlete of the Year, while Catherine Shields became the third Buckeye to be named a Big Ten Co-Freshman of the Year.


The Buckeyes return to Ann Arbor, Mich., Saturday, May 3 to compete against Louisville and Michigan State.