The Buckeye women rowed their way to a team title this morning, amassing enough points to overcome USC and Washington after finishing third in the 1V8 final and finishing the season undefeated in 2V8 by winning the national championship. This is, weirdly, the first NCAA women's title that Ohio State has ever won, because other championships that were won (including the billion or so in synchronized swimming) are not official NCAA sanctioned events.
“It’s hard to put into words what it means to win a national championship,” Ohio State head coach Andy Teitelbaum said. “The NCAA Championship is a tremendous regatta every year; the quality of racing and the margin for error is tiny. To be able to walk out of here with the NCAA National Championship is unbelievably gratifying and really speaks to the athletes who’ve had a great year. This is something they’ve committed themselves to and remained committed to and it’s very gratifying as a coach to see a group of women work so hard together to achieve something of this magnitude.”
Congrats to all the rowers who made this happen, and big ups to Big Ten Coach of the Year Andy Teitelbaum for guiding them there. Well done.