BARABOO, Wisc. – The Ohio State rowing team earned three boat titles and finished second overall with 171 total points at the 2019 Big Ten Championships Sunday on Devil’s Lake. The First Varsity Four, Third Varsity Four and Second Novice Eight each defended their conference titles, while the rest of the Buckeye crews all finished in the top three of their respective races.
HOW IT HAPPENED
The 1V4, comprised of Divya Batchu, Kendell Massier, Julia Miklasevich, Ally Hatton and Maddie Frendberg, was neck-and-neck with Michigan down the entire race course. In the last 250 meters, the Buckeyes managed to pull away and secure the conference title for the boat with a time of 7:17.351.
In a race that was decided in the last 10 strokes, the Buckeye 3V4 pulled ahead of the Wolverines in the last 15 meters and crossed the finish with a time of 7:27.837 for the first-place medal. The boat was comprised of Hellen Sudhoff, Olivia Kwiecinski, Lena Harper, Willow Wahlers and Kayla Kuntzman.
The 2N8 of Emma Walker, Jennie Hallsworth, Joan Moore, Josephine Robison, Tess Mitchell, Megan McNutt, Katelyn Bartos, Lena Bercz and Claire Olechiw established a lead early on and maintained it for the entirety of the race to record the team’s third first-place finish of the day.
In the first race of the day, the First Varsity Eight of Anjali Fernandes, Lexie Nothdurft, Grace Libben, Leonie Heuer, Ida Kruse, Jessy Vermeer, Alessandra Montesano, Sierra Tiede and Ida Petersen finished second with a time of 6:24.504 to finish second, two seconds behind Michigan.
The Second Varsity Eight of Sophie Blair, Mane Bravo Alvez, Sierra Cydrus, Meg Cymanski, Rachel DeWitte, Michaela Nordhaus, Maddie Perrett, Michayla Binkley and Claire Cannon followed with another second-place finish. The boat finished behind the Wolverines with a time of 6:35.079.
The Second Varsity Four raced a time of 7:38.942 to earn a third-place finish. Manning the boat was Kelly Stainbrook, Rose Carr, Lilli Flinders, Kailley Boomer and Mo Robinson.
With a final time of 6:40.677, the First Novice Eight of Emma Beltz, Savannah Sellers, Jenna Draycott, Grace Pabst, Katie Reymann, Allie Strzelecki, Aryn Robinson, Adele Pohl and Kaitlyn Clouse recorded a second-place finish for Ohio State.
Five Buckeyes secured All-Conference honors. Alessandra Montesano and Lexie Nothdurft garnered First Team All-Big Ten recognition and Leonie Heuer and Ida Kruse picked up Second Team All-Big Ten recognition. Willow Wahlers is the Ohio State Sportsmanship Award honoree.
The NCAA Selection Show will air Tuesday, May 21st at 5:00 PM ET on NCAA.com as the Buckeyes seek an at-large bid to the 2019 championships. Teams race a first and second varsity eight and a varsity four.
Ohio State 6:24.504
Michigan State 6:35.124
Lineup: Fernandes, Nothdurft, Libben, Heuer, Kruse, Vermeer, Montesano, Tiede, Petersen
Ohio State: 6:35.079
Michigan State: 6:42.497
Minnesota: 6:43.871 Iowa: 6:54.113
Lineup: Blair, Bravo Alvez, Cydrus, Cymanski, DeWitte, Nordhaus, Perrett, Binkley, Cannon
Ohio State – 7:17.351
Michigan – 7:19.003
Indiana – 7:23.147
Wisconsin – 7:28.423
Rutgers – 7:32.507
Iowa – 7:36.667
Minnesota – 7:38.059
Michigan State – 7:46.879
Lineup: Batchu, Massier, Miklasevich, Hatton, Frendberg
Ohio State 7:38.942
Michigan State 7:56.061
Lineup: Stainbrook, Carr, Flinders, Boomer, Robinson
Ohio State 7:27.837
Lineup: Sudhoff, Kwiecinski, Harper, Wahlers, Kuntzman
Ohio State 6:40.677
Indiana – 6:41.039
Wisconsin – 6:46.351
Rutgers – 6:48.671
Minnesota – 6:55.135
Michigan State – 7:04.233
Iowa – 7:24.263
Lineup: Beltz, Sellers, Draycott, Pabst, Reymann, Strzelecki, Robinson, Pohl, Clouse
Ohio State 6:50.423
Michigan State 7:01.529
Lineup: Walker, Hallsworth, Moore, Robison, Mitchell, McNutt, Bartos, Bercz, Olechiw
1V84-4 in races, 12-5 overall
2V82-6 in races, 9-7 overall
1V43-5 in races, 9-7 overall
2V42-6 in races, 10-7 overall
3V41-3 in races, 8-4 overall
1N84-3 in races, 14-4 overall
2N8 1-1 in races, 6-2 overall