Ohio State enters NCAA championships ranked No. 1 in coaches' poll
COLUMBUS, Ohio -- Ohio State travels to Indianapolis, Ind., this weekend to compete at the 2013 NCAA Championships May 31-June 2 at Eagle Creek Park and heads in with a No. 1 ranking in the latest coaches' poll, released Wednesday.
The Buckeyes have now ranked within the top five for all but one week of the 2013 season and have ranked within the top three for five consecutive weeks (April 24-May 29).
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The Buckeyes remain the highest-ranked Big Ten team, followed by No. 13 Wisconsin and No. 14 Michigan.
The Buckeyes are making their 14th-consecutive appearance and 15th overall in the national championships. The 22-team field includes two other Big Ten Conference teams in Michigan and Wisconsin.
The Buckeyes enter the 2013 NCAA Championships as No. 1 in the second varsity eight, No. 2 in the first varsity four and No. 3 in the first varsity eight. Ohio State is the only squad with all three boats seeded in the top three.
Ohio State won its first national title in 2012 when the 1V4 defeated Virginia by 2.09 seconds. Previously, the Buckeye 1V4 had placed as high as third at the NCAA championships in 2006 in West Windsor, N.J.
Ohio State captured its fourth Big Ten title May 19 at Eagle Creek Park in Indianapolis, Ind. In a tightly contested championship, the Buckeye 1V8 clinched the team title for Ohio State after placing first in the final race of the morning to tally 63 points towards the team total and championship record of 160 points, securing a program victory.
The second varsity eight won gold at the 2013 Big Ten Championships, improving its 2013 record to 9-0 after crossing the line in 6:31.41, 11.3 seconds ahead of Wisconsin and 16.04 seconds ahead of Michigan.
Ohio State's second varsity eight continued its regular season undefeated streak from the 2012 campaign (9-0), ending the 2013 regular season with a perfect 8-0 record and a 17-0 overall record in regular-season competition dating back to March 24, 2012.