Ohio State breaks Big Ten record with 160 points, wins conference crown
COLUMBUS, Ohio -- No. 3 Ohio State captured its fourth conference title Sunday morning at Eagle Creek Park in Indianapolis. In a tightly contested championship, the Buckeye Varsity 8 clinched the team title for Ohio State after placing first in the final race of the morning to tally 63 points for the team total and championship record of 160 points.
The Buckeyes held a slim lead ahead of Wisconsin (90) and Michigan (82) with 97 points heading into the final race. The Varsity 8 of Katie King, Cori Meinert, Eelkje Miedema, Ashley Bauer, Meghan Birkbeck, Allison Elber, Holly Norton, Claire-Louise Bode and coxswain Victoria Lazur secured the conference title for the Buckeyes after sounding the horn in 6:29.46, 10.3 seconds ahead of Michigan (6:39.84) and 13.7 seconds ahead of Wisconsin (6:42.12).
Prior to the final race, the Buckeyes' second Varsity 8 of Daphne Socha, Katie Beletskaya, Silvia DeMatteis, Stephanie Johnson, Nicole Becks, Lauren Eckles, Samantha Fowle, Catherine Shields and coxswain Amanda Poll earned its ninth consecutive win of the season after crossing the line first with a time of 6:31.41, earning 42 points toward the team total. Wisconsin placed second in 6:42.78 while Michigan rounded out the top three crews in 6:47.45.
The Varsity 4 of Taylore Urban, Sara Handa, Chloe Meyer, Aina Cid-Centelles and coxswain Dara Schnoll became the third Buckeye crew to win gold after finishing the race in first place ahead of Wisconsin (7:30.89) and Michigan (7:36.44) with a time of 7:25.74. The crew earned 21 points toward the team total with the win, while also advancing Ohio State into first place with two races remaining.
The third Varsity 4 and Novice 8 were also victorious for the Buckeyes, earning gold medals in their respective races. The third Varsity 4 of Julie Walsh, Sarah Marshall, Jillian Getz, Sarah Milota and coxswain Claire Sasowsky crossed the line in 7:42.46 ahead of Michigan (7:48.96) and Iowa (8:03.57) while the Novice 8 of Miranda Branstool, Victoria Langwasser, Anna Gackowski, Systke Miedema, Hailey Tiarks, Bridget Verdeyen, Julia Vari, Anna Ralph and coxswain Sarah Asad sounded the horn in 7:06.90 to capture first place ahead of Wisconsin (7:08.48) and Michigan (7:10.22). Altogether, the two crews accumulated 21 points toward the team total.
In the second Varsity 4, the Buckeye crew of Julie Dick, Anne Fruth, Sarah Kessler, Katherine Tylinski and coxswain Sami Jurofsky earned a bronze medal after finishing third with a time of 7:39.88 behind Michigan (7:31.37) and Wisconsin (7:35.71).
The second Novice 8 of Corinne Jones, Jacy Theiss, Sarah Byrd, Victoria Popp, Casey Hawkins, Nicole Bosse, Amanda Bauer, Jessa Goldner and coxswain Alexandra Irving opened the morning of racing for the Buckeyes with a fifth-place finish (7:35.43) in its race. Wisconsin placed first in 7:13.07, Michigan placed second with a time of 7:17.50 and Michigan State and Minnesota placed third and fourth with times of 7:22.64 and 7:24.01, respectively.
Five Buckeyes earned All-Big Ten honors at the conclusion of the championships, as Bode, Elber and Miedema were named first team All-Big Ten and Meinert and Norton were named second team All-Big Ten. Meyer was named the Ohio State Sportsmanship Award honoree.