COLUMBUS, Ohio Compiling 49 team points, the Ohio State rowing team finished eighth at the 2009 NCAA Championships Sunday at Cooper River Park in Cherry Hill, N.J. At the conclusion of the three-day event, the Buckeyes were paced by the First Varsity Four’s first-place finish in the Petite Final for the second-consecutive year. 

Finishing seventh overall, t he First Varsity Four took an early and commanding lead it would not relinquish. Finishing the first 500 meters in 1:47.02, the Buckeye crew of Anniken Ellingsen, Ellen Heister, Claudia Schiwy, Farrah Edwards and coxswain Kristin DiJosie maintained at least a two-second lead over Brown through the 1,000 and 1,500 meter stretches. Ohio State sounded the horn in 7:27.14, while Brown followed in 7:28.10. Washington rounded out the Top 3, finishing in 7:30.68.

Lindsey Titus, Katie Flarida, Claudia Wurzel, Tess Prescott, Erin Shropshire, Caroline McPherson, Ingrid Aasaaren, Sara Wallace and coxswain Samantha Getz, who make up the Buckeye 2V8, finished second in the Petite Final and eighth overall. The crew finished the first 500 meters in third place, but overcame the USC boat at the 1,000-meter mark to move into second place. Runner-up is how Ohio State (6:42.85) would finish, 5.02 seconds behind heat winner Michigan State (6:37.83). The Trojans clocked in at 6:46.19 for third place.

The 14th-ranked 1V8 Claudia Herpertz, Ulrike Denker, Johnna Burns, Zuza Trzcinska, Peta-Leigh Dakyns, Carolin Helmholz, Susi Herbrand, Charlott Goldstein and coxswain Erika Benford finished fourth in the Petite Final and 10th overall in a time of 6:23.39, just .02 seconds off third-place finisher USC (6:23.37). No. 7 Michigan State won the race in a time of 6:19.05, while No. 5 Michigan was second (6:19.09).

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

Final Team Standings/Points
1. Stanford/88
2. * California/85
3. Yale/85
4.V irginia/78
5. Brown/71
6. Michigan State/54
7. Washington/50
8. Ohio State/49
9. Michigan/48
10. Princeton/46
11. USC/ 46
12. Clemson/43
13. Wisconsin/26
14. Harvard/21
15. Oregon State/14
16. Dartmouth/12

*Higher 1V8 finish breaks tie

First Varsity Eight
Petite Final (7-12)
Place Team  Finish
1. Michigan State 6:19.05  
2. Michigan 6:19.09  
3. USC  6:23.37  
4. Ohio State 6:23.39  
5. Washington 6:25.99  
6. Clemson 6:32.25  

Second Varsity Eight
Petite Final (7-12)
Place Team  Finish

1. Michigan State 6:37.83  
2. Ohio State 6:42.85  
3. USC  6:46.19  
4. Michigan 6:49.18  
5. Clemson 6:51.60  
6. Princeton 6:52.97  

First Varsity Four
Petite Final (7-12)
Place Team Finish

1. Ohio State 7:27.14  
2.  Brown  7:28.10  
3.  Washington 7:30.68  
4.  Michigan 7:31.00  
5.  USC  7:34.71  
6.  Harvard 7:44.49