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No. 1 Ohio State Places Three Crews in A/B Semifinals

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The No. 1 Ohio State rowing team placed all three of its crews in the A/B Semifinals Friday during the first day of competition at the 2014 NCAA Championships at Eagle Creek Park. The first and second varsity eight crews advanced after earning first-place finishes in their respective heats, while the first varsity four advanced after claiming the top spot in Repechage 1.

The Top 2 crews from each heat automatically advanced to the A/B Semifinals, which begin at 8:30 a.m. Saturday. The remaining teams rowed in repechage races Friday afternoon with the Top 2 crews in each repechage securing placements in the A/B semifinals and the remaining crews securing placements in the C/D semifinals.

The first varsity eight of Aina Cid Centelles, Elodie Ravera, Eelkje Miedema, Ashley Bauer, Stephanie Williams, Catherine Shields, Holly Norton, Claire-Louise Bode and coxswain Victoria Lazur opened the day of racing for the Buckeyes, remaining perfect on the season (10-0) with a first-place finish in the first heat of varsity eight competition. Ohio State sounded the horn in 6:18.26 to finish ahead of Michigan (6:22.10), USC (6:26.17), San Diego (6:31.69) and Louisville (6:31.78). 

Next, the second varsity eight of Daphne Socha, Chloe Meyer, Nicole Becks, Lauren Eckles, Meghan Birkbeck, Anne Dietrich, Katie King, Taylore Urban and coxswain Sami Jurofsky claimed the second first-place finish of the day for the Buckeyes, crossing the line in 6:27.70. The crew defeated California (6:33.10), Harvard-Radcliffe (6:38.41), Indiana (6:47.14), Northeastern (7:06.80) and Jacksonville (7:37.97).

The first varsity four closed the day, advancing to the A/B Semifinals after placing first in Repechage 1. Sarah Kessler, Anna Ralph, Anna Gackowski, Katie Beletskaya and coxswain Sarah Asad claimed first-place with a time of 7:16.71, beating Michigan (7:20.47), Washington State (7:27.21), Louisville (7:33.01), San Diego (7:34.05), Harvard-Radcliffe (7:38.73) and Massachusetts (7:42.86) to the line. 

2014 NCAA Division I Championships

Day 1

May 30, 2014

Eagle Creek Park

Indianapolis, Ind.

First Varsity Eight – Heat 1

1. Ohio State – 6:18.26

2. Michigan – 6:22.10

3. USC – 6:26.17

4. San Diego – 6:31.69

5. Louisville – 6:31.78

Second Varsity Eight – Heat 3

1. Ohio State – 6:27.70

2. California – 6:33.10

3. Harvard-Radcliffe – 6:38.41

4. Indiana – 6:47.14

5. Northeastern – 7:06.80

6. Jacksonville – 7:37.97

First Varsity Four – Repechage 1

1. Ohio State – 7:16.71

2. Michigan – 7:20.47

3. Washington State – 7:27.21

4. Louisville – 7:33.01

5. San Diego – 7:34.05

6. Harvard-Radcliffe – 7:38.73

7. Massachusetts – 7:42.86