COLUMBUS, Ohio It was an early and quick day for the Ohio State rowing team Saturday at the 2009 NCAA Championships as all three Buckeye crews rowed in semifinal races beginning at 9:15 a.m. on Cooper River Park in Cherry Hill, N.J. Day two action for Division I teams was completed by 10:15 a.m. and the Buckeyes will certainly use the rest of the day to prepare for Petite Final races Sunday.

The OSU First Varsity Eight was a sixth-place finisher in its semifinal heat, while the Second Varsity Eight came in fourth. The First Varsity Four also finished fourth in its race. The Top 3 boats in each semifinal heat advanced to the Grand Final and the 4-6 finishers will row in the Petite Final beginning at 10 a.m. Sunday.
Live results and web streaming of the races are available at

Out on the water first for the Buckeyes was the 14th-ranked 1V8. The crew of Claudia Herpertz, Ulrike Denker, Johnna Burns, Zuza Trzcinska, Peta-Leigh Dakyns, Carolin Helmholz, Susi Herbrand, Charlott Goldstein and coxswain Erika Benford waited out the first First Varsity Eight heat at 9 a.m. before seeking a place in the Grand Final. Hoping to join No. 4 Virginia, No. 1 Stanford and No. 10 Brown, the Buckeyes shot out of the gate a little later than their five opponents, putting them in sixth place. Ohio State had trouble recovering from the slow start and remained in sixth place throughout the race. The Scarlet and Gray clocked in at 6:29.45. No. 2 California won the heat in 6:12.87, while No. 8 Princeton (6:17.03) and No. 3 Yale (6:18.32) rounded out the Top 3.

A surge by Virginia’s 2V8 in the first 1,000 meters proved to be damaging for the Buckeyes in their bid to return to the Grand Final. Starting out in third place in the initial 500 meters, behind Yale and Brown, Ohio State was bumped to fourth the next 500 meters after the Cavaliers made the jump from fourth to second. The Bears moved to first place and the Bulldogs were third during that same stretch. That left Ohio State on the outside looking in at fourth place the remaining 1,000 meters. Lindsey Titus, Katie Flarida, Claudia Wurzel, Tess Prescott, Erin Shropshire, Caroline McPherson, Ingrid Aasaaren, Sara Wallace and coxswain Samantha Getz finished with a time of 6:40.45. Brown (6:28.85), Virginia (6:29.75) and Yale (6:31.92) will race heat two Top 3 placers Stanford (6:27.08), Washington (6:28.61) and California (6:29.66) in the Grand Final.

A little more than a second (1.37) kept the 1V4 (7:19.95) from the Grand Final race. Racing in the second heat, the Buckeyes dropped to as low as fifth place in the first 1,000 meters. Ohio State Anniken Ellingsen, Ellen Heister, Claudia Schiwy, Farrah Edwards and coxswain Kristin DiJosie tried to rally at the 1,500 meter point, completing the stretch in a heat-best 1:50.00, which left the Buckeyes only three-tenths of a second behind third-place Stanford (5:27.51-5:27.80). However, in the last 500 meters, the Cardinal was able to hold off the Buckeyes for the final spot in the Grand Final finishing with a time of 7:18.58. Wisconsin (7:15.35) and California (7:17.83) finished first and second, respectively. Clemson (7:16.17), Yale (7:17.50) and Virginia (7:18.28) were the Top 3 finishers from the first 1V4 semifinal heat.   

2009 NCAA Rowing Championships
May 29-31
Cooper River Park
Cherry Hill, N.J.

First Varsity Eight
Semifinal (Heat 2)
Top 3 to Grand Final; 4-6 to Petite Final 
Place Team Finish
1. California 6:12.87  
2. Princeton 6:17.03 
3. Yale  6:18.32 
4. USC  6:20.69 
5. Michigan State 6:24.44 
6. Ohio State 6:29.45
Second Varsity Eight
Semifinal (Heat 1)
Top 3 to Grand Final; 4-6 to Petite Final
Place Team Finish
1. Brown 6:28.85  
2. Virginia 6:29.75  
3. Yale 6:31.92  
4. Ohio State 6:40.45  
5. Michigan 6:44.39  
6. USC 6:47.88 

First Varsity Four
Semifinal (Heat 2)
Top 3 to Grand Final; 4-6 to Petite Final
Place Team Finish
1. Wisconsin 7:15.35  
2. California 7:17.83  
3. Stanford 7:18.58  
4. Ohio State 7:19.95  
5. Michigan 7:22.19  
6. USC  7:26.53