COLUMBUS, Ohio Although the season does not officially get underway until March, the Ohio State rowing team got a glimpse of what its fall preparation has accomplished thus far as it competed in the Rivanna Romp Sunday in Charlottesville, Va.
The event held on the Rivanna Reservoir is not a regatta that pits other boats against each other in the traditional sense. Rather, in their earliest of stages in preparing for the upcoming season, teams are more focused on setting certain times to track their status and improvement. However, that does not mean squads, such as the Buckeyes, who were joined by host Virginia, Duke, Iowa, Miami, Old Dominion Pennsylvania and Tennessee, are not looking to cross the finish line first.
The Scarlet and Gray competed in three events, the Varsity Eight, Varsity Four and Pair. Three crews entered the V8 race with the OSU A team, which consisted of Claudia Wurzel, Tess Prescott, Ingrid Aasaaren, Zuzanna Trzcinska, Susanne Herbrand, Carolin Helmholz, Johnna Burns, Ulrike Denker and Erika Benford, finishing in second place in a time of 13:10.39. The “A” crew was outpaced by Virginia’s A team by a little more than four seconds. The OSU B squad consisting of Lindsey Titus, Katie Flarida, Anniken Ellingsen, Anna Kipphardt, Erin Shropshire, Farrah Edwards, Peta-Leigh Dakyns, Cleonice Renzetti and Samantha Getz, clocked in at 13:37.44 for a fifth-place finish. A little less than a minute later (14:24.78), the OSU C team of Jessica Neiding, Sara Reardon, Kate Sweeney, Adrienne Eichenlaub, Corinne Ley, Sara Wallace, Caroline McPherson, Alicia Caldwell and Kristin DiJosie, rounded out the Ohio State contingent.
Two hours and 15 minutes later at 11:20 a.m., the V4 race got underway. The OSU A team of Susanne Herbrand, Carolin Helmholz, Johnna Burns, Ulrike Denker and Samantha Getz, paced the Buckeyes to a time of 15:10.67, good for second behind the Cavaliers, who finished in 14:48.46. Also finishing in the Top 10 was the “B” team consisting of Anniken Ellingsen, Adrienne Eichenlaub, Erin Shropshire, Sara Wallace and Kristin DiJosie, which crossed the line at the 15:28.76 mark. That time was sixth among a field of 23 crews. The “D” team of Ellen Heister, Alissa Sullivan, Kate Sweeney and Mackenzie Pecor, completed its race in 16:07.76, while the “C” team finished in 16:11.96.
In the doubles, the OSU A team of Claudia Wurzel and Zuzanna Trzcinska earned a third-place finish in a time of 15:16.06 behind two boats raced by the Cavaliers. The “B” team of Peta-Leigh Dakyns and Farrah Edwards was fifth with a time of 16:15.51.
With fall action completed, Ohio State will await the start of its season at the Pac-10 Challenge Presented by Windermere March 28-29, 2009 in Redwood City, Calif. Of note this season, the Buckeyes will host the 2009 Big Ten Rowing Championships on Griggs Reservoir May 2 in Columbus, Ohio. The conference championships return to the “Buckeye State” for the first time since 2003.