COLUMBUS, Ohio — No. 6 Ohio State downed Oklahoma, Oregon State and Tennessee by winning 12 out of 14 races on Saturday at Belleville Lake. The Buckeyes won all six races en route to defeating the Sooners and then earned six victories against the Beavers and Lady Volunteers.
Of the Scarlet and Gray’s opening-session wins, the most impressive was by far the First Varsity Four’s Taylore Urban, Katie King, Stephanie Johnson, Emily Ralph and coxswain Dara Schnoll’s 35.87-second victory.
In the second varsity-four race, the Buckeyes topped the Sooners with a time of 7:40.85, 10.39 seconds faster than Oklahoma. The second varsity four was comprised of Kara Shropshire, Ashley Dzurnak, Katherine Anne Cook, Lauren Eckles and coxswain Alexandra Sawatzki.
In the second to last race of the morning session, the second varsity eight won by a margin of 18.64 seconds with a time of 6:48.20. The 2V8 consisted of Katie Beletskaya, Samantha Fowle, Ashley Bauer, Meghan Birkbeck, Claudia Schiwy, Nadine Seehaus, Cori Meinert, Kate Sweeney and coxswain Victoria Lazur.
In the final race of the first session, the first varsity eight led by coxswain Amanda Poll, Ellen Heister, Claudia Herpertz, Eelkje Miedema, Allison Elber, Ilse Paulis, Emily Walsh, Ulrike Denker and Claire-Louise Bode came across the finish line at 6:41.80, with Oklahoma finishing in 6:57.24.
The Ohio State fourth varsity eight, which raced against Michigan’s fourth and fifth varsity eights, was second in their race with a time of 7:05.34.
In the second session Ohio State raced against Oregon State and Tennessee and won six of the seven races. The fourth varsity eight rebounded in the afternoon with a victory against both Michigan’s fourth and fifth varsity eights with a time of 7:12.61.
The 2V8, crossing the finish line at 7:00.40, had the largest margin of victory in the second session with a 10.69-second win against Oregon State (7:11.09). Tennessee (7:14.55) was third. The Buckeye 1V8 pulled in the fastest time for Ohio State with a 6:48.25, beating Oregon State (6:53.73) and Tennessee (7:04.55).
Both varsity four boats for Ohio State sounded the horn more than nine seconds ahead of Oregon State and Tennessee. The 1V4 finished at a time of 7:44.42, 13.30 seconds ahead of the Lady Volunteers (7:57.72) and Beavers (8:04.86). The 2V4 finished at 7:49.63, beating Michigan (7:58.85) and Oklahoma (8:18.46). The 1N8 fell to Oregon State with a time of 7:10.33.