The third-ranked Buckeyes became the first team in NCAA rowing history to win three consecutive national titles, scoring 126 points to best No. 1 Brown and second-ranked California, which each tied with 112.
Head coach Andy Teitelbaum's team continued what has become a dominant run behind the Big Ten Coach of the Year as well as the league's top rower, Ashley Bauer.
Racing at Lake Natoma in Gold River, Calif., Ohio State was one of the few crews to have all three boats in each Division I final and used that depth along with another amazing performance from the nation's top boat to stay at the top of the nation.
“It’s been amazing watching these young women grow up this season,” Ohio State head coach Andy Teitelbaum said. “Having the pressure of two consecutive titles on their backs, I could not be prouder of the way everyone on the team has responded all year. The 2V8 and Varsity Four set us up well today and the 1V8 brought us across the finish line. This was truly an outstanding regatta for our entire team.”
Ohio State and Cal battled back and forth in a stunning First Varsity Eight final, proving themselves as the top two boats in the nation in the race that provides the bulk of the team scoring.
The Buckeyes crew of Holly Norton, Catherine Shields, Sarah K. Davis, Ashley Bauer, Stephanie Williams, Anna Ralph, Aina Cid Centelles, Rachel Engel and coxswain Sami Jurofsky led by four lengths at one point in the middle of the race but Cal made a charge, one Ohio State answered to best the Golden Bears by 0.46 seconds.
The 1V8 finished undefeated for the second consecutive year, proving yet again it was the nation's top collegiate crew.
“Our Varsity Eight crews have been eyeing each other all season from across the country and it was great to finally line up against one another,” Teitelbaum said of Cal and OSU. "We were fortunate to pull ahead in the middle thousand and hold on. It was a great battle between two very talented boats.”
Despite a late charge, the 2V8 of Kelsey Albrinck, Sandra Dinter, Anne Dietrich, Cassandra Johnson, Bridget Verdeyen, Allyson Baker, Chloe Meyer, MaryClare Stannard and coxswain Sarah Asad just couldn't catch Brown, finishing in 6:27.11. That mark was just 1.12 seconds behind the Bears as the two crews separated themsevles from the field.
The 1V4 boat of Sarah Peffley, Annie Jachthuber, Bridget Schodorf, Anna Gackowski and coxswain Kylie Soltis took fifth in the final, crossing the line in 7:23.71. Virginia, Yale, Brown and Washington crossed ahead of the boat.
It is the fifth team national championship this year for Ohio State, which also won in football, wrestling, pistol and synchronized swimming.