Buckeyes advance all three boats to Saturday semifinals – Ohio State Buckeyes

Ohio State at the 2022 NCAA Championships

Appointment: May 27-29
To place: Nathan Benderson Park, Sarasota, Florida
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Columbus, Ohio-Ohio State advanced its three boats to the semifinals on Saturday with the First Varsity Eight and First Varsity Four finishing in the top 2 in the Friday morning heats and the 2V8 battling to win its afternoon draft.

The Buckeyes opened the 2022 NCAA Championships with a second-place finish in Round 3 of the 1V8 competition. That effort earned the Buckeyes a berth in the semifinals on Saturday at Nathan Benderson Park in Sarasota, Fla.

Ohio State’s First Varsity Four also advanced to Saturday’s semifinals with a second-place effort in their series. The Second Varsity Eight finished third in its heat on Friday morning. The 2V8 managed to qualify by winning its afternoon repechage.

In the 1V8 competition, Stanford took the lead ahead of the Buckeyes by about half a boat length at 500 yards. The Cardinal extended the lead to 1,000 yards, but the Buckeyes sat in a comfortable second place. Stanford won the round with Ohio State in second place. The Cardinal finished with a time of 6:11.674 with the Buckeyes crossing the line at 6:16.675.

The top two boats from each morning run advanced to the semi-finals on Saturday. the remaining boats competed in the repechage races on Friday afternoon for a chance to qualify for the semi-finals.

Texas, Washington from Heat 1, Princeton and California from Heat 2, Stanford and Ohio State from Heat 3, and Brown and Yale advanced to the 1V8 semifinals of Heat 4.

Ohio State will race again at 8:36 a.m. Saturday at Semi-final n°1 with SMU, California, Texas and Brown and Pennsylvania.

In the second Varsity Eight competition, Yale took a 500-yard lead over the Buckeyes. Ohio State was third in the 1,000 meters behind Yale and California. The Buckeyes finished the race third and raced again Friday afternoon in the second 2V8 draft.

Texas and SMU advanced in Round 1, Yale and SMU advanced from Round 2, Washington and Virginia advanced from Round 3. Stanford and Princeton advanced to the 2V8 semifinals in the final morning round.

In the afternoon 2V8 draft, Brown took a less than a second 1,000-yard lead over the Buckeyes with Duke in third. Ohio State stayed within striking distance before taking a 1,500 yard lead. The Buckeyes held on to win, with Brown second, to advance to the AB semifinals on Saturday.

Pennsylvania and Michigan also advanced to the AB semifinals from the afternoon 2V8 draft races.

The Buckeyes will be there Semi-final n°2 Saturday at 9:36 a.m. with Michigan, Virginia, Yale, Stanford and SMU.

In the First Varsity Four competition, Washington held the leading lead over the Buckeyes at 500 yards, with each team building a significant field lead. At 1,000 yards, the Huskies built a boat-length lead over the Buckeyes, who had a boat-length lead over SMU. Washington won the round with the Buckeyes finishing second. Both advanced to the semi-finals on Saturday.

In Heat 1, Texas and Yale advance to the semifinals. Stanford and Michigan in Heat 2, Princeton and Brown in Heat 3 and the Huskies and Buckeyes are past the final inning.

The Buckeyes will be there Semi-final n°2 Saturday at 10:24 a.m. with California, Stanford, Princeton, Yale and USC.

The Ohio State rowing team is making its 22nd appearance at the NCAA Championships.

Ohio State’s First Varsity Four is the No. 4 seed, the First Varsity Eight is the No. 6 seed, and the second Varsity Eight boat is the No. 10 seed.

The Buckeyes are one of 22 teams participating in the championships. Each school presents two eight boats and one four boat for the championship.


Ohio State has competed in every NCAA regatta held since 2000 (22 total). The Buckeyes own seven individual boat titles and have finished in the Top 10 a total of 20 times.

The Buckeyes won NCAA national titles in 2013, 2014 and 2015. The team finished second in 2016 and holds one third (2007) and two fourth places (2001, 2005). Ohio State ranked sixth in 2021.

The 2022 NCAA Championships are Kate Sweeney’s second as head coach of the Buckeyes. She guided Ohio State to a sixth-place finish a season ago. Click HERE for 2021 NCAA Championship results.


The Buckeyes won the 2022 Big Ten Championships with a total of 184 points. Ohio State crossed the finish line first in the first eight novice, second varsity four, first varsity four and first varsity eight races while taking second place in the second novice eight, third university four and second university eight. For more, click HERE.

Several Buckeyes were recognized by the Big Ten after the Championship Regatta. Sisters Anneta and Maria Kyridou along with Lexie Nothdurft were named 2022 First Team All-Big Ten. Alessandra Montesano and Rachel DeWitte earned second-team honors. Leandra Hogrefe was selected as the winner of the Ohio State Sportsmanship Award.

Sweeney, now in her third season as Buckeyes head coach, has been named the 2022 Big Ten Coach of the Year. Anneta Kyridou was named Conference Freshman of the Year.

Ohio State NCAA appearances

Team (22)
2000, 01, 02, 03, 04, 05, 06, 07, 08, 09, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 21, 22

University Eight (22)
2000, 01, 02, 03, 04, 05, 06, 07, 08, 09, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 21, 22

2nd university eight (22)
2000, 01, 02, 03, 04, 05, 06, 07, 08, 09, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 21, 22

University four (23)
1997, 00, 01, 02, 03, 04, 05, 06, 07, 08, 09, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 21, 22

Day 1 results (May 27, 2022)

1V8 (Heat 3-Top 2 Advance to AB Semis)

  1. Stanford 6:11.674
  2. Ohio State 6:16.675
  3. Oregon State 6:25.780
  4. Syracuse 6:29.960
  5. Boston University 6:38.749
  6. Jacksonville 6:43.397

Ohio State 1V8 range
CRA: Tess Thompson
2: Olivia Cloten
3: Alessandra Montesano
4: Jessy Vermeer
5: Rachel De Witte
6: Lexie Nothdurft
7: Maria Kyridou
Stroke: Anneta Kyridou
Helmsman: Katie Hinton

2V8 (Heat 2-Top 2 Advance to AB Semis)

  1. Yale 6:12.014
  2. California 6:16.858
  3. Ohio State 6:19.866
  4. Rutgers 6:27.140
  5. Gonzaga 6:58.528

2V8 (Repêchage 2-Top 2 Advance to AB semis, rest of field to CD semis)

  1. Ohio State 6:23.552
  2. Brown 6:26.058
  3. Duke 6:35.512
  4. USC 6:42.248
  5. Boston University. 6:49.620
  6. Gonzaga 6:53.514
  7. Jacksonville 7:00.864

Ohio State 2V8 range
CRA: Emma Wilson
2: Grace Pest
3: Megan McNutt
4: Natalie Shurov
5: Morgan Zahner
6: Katelyn Bartos
7: Paige Wheeler
Stroke: Pau Koster
Helmsman: Divya Batchu

1V4 (Heat 4-Top 2 Advance to AB Semi-Finals)

  1. Washington 6:52.822
  2. Ohio State 6:59.180
  3. EMS 7:03.570
  4. Duke 7:16.332
  5. Gonzaga 7:24.106
  6. Rhode Island 7:39.494

Ohio State 1V4 range
Helmsman: Charli Ulmer
RCAF: Jamie Harris
2: Kristen Devolve
3: Gabrielle Schmidt
Stroke: Alaina Aubépine


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