INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. – Finishing in the top-three of its respective A/B semifinal races, the Ohio State rowing team has advanced all three boats to Sunday’s NCAA Championships Grand Finals for the first time since the 2016 season. The Buckeyes are one of five teams who will have boats in all three Grand Finals
In the first race of the day, the Buckeye 1V8 finished third in the second heat of the A/B semifinal with a time of 6:33.848. The boat was in third for the first 1,000m of the race, but surged in the second half of the race to compete for second place. Ultimately, the Buckeyes would finish 0.1 seconds behind second-place Stanford to finish in the top-three of the head and advance to the Grand Final. The boat was manned by Anjali Fernandes, Leonie Heuer, Ida Petersen, Lexie Nothdurft, Ida Kruse, Jessy Vermeer, Alessandra Montesano, Sierra Tiede and Grace Libben.
The 2V8 race was similar to the 1V8 race right before it, with Ohio State making a strong push in the latter half of the race. The boat, comprised of Sophie Blair, Mane Bravo Alvez, Sierra Cydrus, Meg Cymanski, Rachel DeWitte, Michaela Nordhaus, Maddie Perrett, Michayla Binkley and Claire Cannon, moved ahead of California into second place and in the last 520m moved into first place ahead of Washington. The Huskies chased the Buckeyes in the last 100m to a photo finish, with the Buckeyes coming in second with a time of 6:52.776 to advance to Sunday’s Grand Final
The Ohio State 1V4 opened the race in second place. The boat would be challenged for that position by California, but it pulled ahead and broke into first-place finisher Stanford’s open water lead. Manned by Divya Batchu, Kendell Massier, Julia Miklasevich, Ally Hatton and Maddie Frendberg, the 1V4 finished second with a time of 7:35.532 for a spot in the Grand Final.
Sunday’s Grand Finals are scheduled to start at 10:24 a.m. with the 1V4. The next final will be the 2V8 at 10:48 a.m. The last final of the day will be the 1V8 at 11:12 a.m. Follow @OhioStateWROW for up-to-date information on the race schedule and start times.
NCAA Championships – A/B Semifinals
Ohio State 6:33.848
Lineup: Anjali Fernandes, Leonie Heuer, Ida Petersen, Lexie Nothdurft, Ida Kruse, Jessy Vermeer, Alessandra Montesano, Sierra Tiede, Grace Libben
Ohio State 6:52.776
Lineup: Sophie Blair, Mane Bravo Alvez, Sierra Cydrus, Meg Cymanski, Rachel DeWitte, Michaela Nordhaus, Maddie Perrett, Michayla Binkley, Claire Cannon
Ohio State 7:35.532
Lineup: Divya Batchu, Kendell Massier, Julia Miklasevich, Ally Hatton, Maddie Frendberg