INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. – The No. 1 Ohio State rowing team won its second-consecutive NCAA Championship Sunday morning at Eagle Creek Park, totaling 126 points after claiming individual national titles in the first and second varsity eights and a seventh-place overall finish in the first varsity four.
California finished second overall with 118 points, while Brown earned 116 points for a third-place finish. Stanford (110 points) and Virginia (105 points) rounded out the Top 5 teams.
The Buckeyes, who now have seven Top 5 team finishes at the NCAA Championships, become the fifth team overall to win consecutive national titles and the first since Brown (2007-08). With gold medal finishes in the first varsity eight and second varsity eight, Ohio State now holds five individual national titles, the fourth-highest total in NCAA rowing history, also becoming the fourth team in NCAA history to win both events at the national regatta in the same year.
The first varsity four began the final day of racing for the Buckeyes, competing in the Petite Final against Indiana, Notre Dame, Michigan, Wisconsin and Princeton. The crew of Sarah Kessler, Anna Ralph, Anna Gackowski, Katie Beletskaya and coxswain Sarah Asad sounded the horn in first place with a time of 7:53.05, placing ahead of Michigan (7:55.68) and Indiana (7:56.66) to grant the boat a seventh-place overall finish and collect a crucial 16 points toward the team championship total.
The second varsity eight took to the course next, becoming the first team since Brown (2003-04) and the third team overall to claim consecutive national titles in the second varsity eight event. The crew of Daphne Socha, Chloe Meyer, Nicole Becks, Lauren Eckles, Meghan Birkbeck, Anne Dietrich, Katie King, Taylore Urban and coxswain Sami Jurofsky crossed the line in 6:59.43, finishing in front of second-place Princeton (7:02.02) and third-place Virginia (7:02.69) and amassing 44 points to propel the Buckeyes into first place overall with only one Grand Final race remaining.
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 secured the national title for Ohio State, finishing the season with a perfect record (12-0) after crossing the line first in 6:44.48, a length over second-place Brown (6:48.47) and third-place California (6:48.51). With the win, the first varsity eight claimed its first ever individual national title and became the second-consecutive Buckeye crew to finish a season with a perfect record as the second varsity eight did so (12-0) in 2013.
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