COLUMBUS, Ohio – The No. 7 Ohio State rowing team will continue action Sunday when it hosts the ACC/Big Ten Challenge on the Scioto River at Griggs Reservoir in Columbus, Ohio (Directions).

The Buckeyes will host No. 12 Michigan, No. 14 Clemson and No. 2 Virginia in the annual event that consistently features many of the top rowing programs in the nation.

Last week, Ohio State won four of six races vs. then No. 11 Michigan in its season-opening regatta at Griggs Reservoir. 

Schedule of Events
Session I – 9 a.m.

  Lane 1 Lane 2
9 a.m. Michigan Clemson
9:10 a.m. Ohio State Virginia
9:20 a.m. Clemson Michigan
9:30 a.m. Virginia Ohio State
9:40 a.m. Michigan Clemson
9:50 a.m. Ohio State Virginia
10 a.m. Clemson Michigan
10:10 a.m. Virginia Ohio State
10:20 a.m. Michigan Clemson
10:30 a.m. Ohio State Virginia
10:40 a.m. Clemson Michigan
10:50 a.m. Virginia Ohio State

 Session II – 1 p.m. 

  Lane 1 Lane 2
1 p.m. Michigan Virginia
1:10 p.m. Ohio State Clemson
1:20 p.m. Virginia Michigan
1:30 p.m. Clemson Ohio State
1:40 p.m. Michigan Virginia
1:50 p.m. Ohio State Clemson
2 p.m. Virginia Michigan
2:10 p.m. Clemson Ohio State
2:20 p.m. Michigan Virginia
2:30 p.m. Ohio State Clemson
2:40 p.m. Virginia Michigan
2:50 p.m. Clemson Ohio State

In the Rankings
Opening the season with impressive wins by the First and Second Varsity Fours and Eights vs. then-No. 11 Michigan March 26, Ohio State was rewarded with a No. 7 national ranking in the CRCA/USRowing Coaches Poll Tuesday. The Buckeyes jumped six spots from their preseason ranking of 13th, the largest leap in the rankings this week. (Penn entered the standings at No. 17 after not earning a Top 20 spot in the inaugural poll.)  

Women’s NCAA Division I Rankings (March 30)

Team (1st-Place Votes) Total Votes Previous Week
1. Princeton (21) 476 2
2. Virginia 453 1
3. California (4) 451 3
4. Stanford 422 4
5. Brown 409 5
6. Yale 334 6
7. Ohio State 313 13
8. Washington 305 7
9. USC 295 9
10. Michigan State 291 8
11. UCLA 211 14
12. Michigan 209 11
13. Washington State 195 12
14. Clemson 145 15
15. Wisconsin 139 10
16. Texas 133 20
17. Penn 95 NR
18. Cornell 61 18
19. Dartmouth 60 17
20. Harvard 55 19

A Look Back
Ohio State head coach Andy Teitelbaum stressed during preseason the high expectations of this 2011 squad was going to be achieved partly because of a renewed energy toward training. It seems that preparation paid off March 26 as the 13th-ranked Buckeyes won four of six races vs. No. 11 Michigan on the Scioto River at Griggs Reservoir.

One of the most impressive performances of the 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 First and Second Novice Eights for Ohio State fell short of Michigan to open the afternoon. The 2N8 of Brianna Sulenski, Marissa Davis, Katelyn Pagano, Ashley Pryor, Kate Cline, Taylor Urban, Charlene Jones, Michelle Voss and coxswain Natalie Pantalos finished in 7:18.6, while Michigan crossed the line in 7:10.4.

The 1N8 (Katie King, Ellen Haas, Katy Cook, Lauren Eckles, Rixt Miedema, Brittney Wex, Lauren Franke, Sarah Corna and coxswain Megan Obrien) debut with a time of 7:02.9. Michigan finished in 6:59.8.

In place of the customary naming of team captains, the Buckeyes created a Leadership Group. The 2011 representatives are seniors Erika Benford, Caroline McPherson, Jill Mohr, junior Emily Walsh and sophomore Allison Elber. 

Don’t I Know You?
Robbie Tenenbaum, who is in his second year as head coach of Clemson, was an assistant at Ohio State from 1998-2006. Tenenbaum coached the Buckeye Second Varsity Eight, while also assisting with the First Varsity Eight. Tenenbaum, who is a native of Shaker Heights, Ohio, was named CRCA Assistant Coach of the Year in 2006 and was twice named CRCA Central Region Assistant Coach of the Year in 2005 and 2006.

Tenenbaum coached the Buckeye 2V8 to fourth-place finishes in the Grand Final at the 2005 and 2006 NCAA Championships. Additionally, the crew was victorious in the Grand Final at the 2005 and 2006 Big Ten Championships. 

Don’t I Know You?…Part II
Amanda Purcell, the novice coach at Virginia, was a letterwinner at Ohio State from 2003-05. Purcell was a CRCA first-team All-American and All-Central Region recipient for the Buckeyes. Furthermore, Purcell was a three-time Academic All-Big Ten selection.

Purcell graduated from Ohio State in 2006 with a bachelor’s degree in music education.

Following her undergraduate work, Purcell coached at Ohio State for two seasons. She served as the volunteer novice and First and Second Varsity Fours coach. In 2007, Purcell guided the 1V4 to a 10th-place finish at the NCAA championships, where the Scarlet and Gray finished fourth in the team standings. 

ACC/Big Ten Challenge – 2010
The Buckeye Second Varsity and First Novice Eights had strong outings at the annual ACC/Big Ten Challenge April 3 on Lake Monticello in Lake Monticello, Va.

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 a 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. 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.

Check Them Out
After opening the season hosting Michigan March 26 on the Scioto River at Griggs Reservoir, the Buckeyes will compete in front of fans in Columbus four more times this spring. In addition to the ACC/Big Ten Challenge Sunday, a total of six teams in Ohio State, Bucknell, Rhode Island, Louisville, Indiana and Iowa will participate in a two-session regatta April 9.

April 23, the Buckeyes will host Michigan for the third time this season, while also welcoming Michigan State.

The regular season concludes the following day (April 24) with a dual race vs. Washington State. For the complete schedule, click HERE.

Up Next
Ohio State will host its third-consecutive regatta, the Big Ten Duals, April 9 on the Scioto River at Griggs Reservoir. The Buckeyes will welcome Iowa, Indiana, Louisville, Rhode Island and Bucknell for the two-session event. The first session will begin at 9 a.m., with the second session slated to get underway at 1 p.m.