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Ohio State earns third consecutive national title

2015 Division I Rowing

All season long, The Ohio State University and the University of California, Berkeley, had been keeping a close eye on each other, knowing very well they would be each other’s toughest competition when the NCAA championships arrived. Each school entered the tournament as a conference champion (Ohio State in the Big Ten and California in the Pac-12). When they finally clashed May 31 in Gold River, California, the Buckeyes came away with the trophy.  

Crossing the finish line a half a second ahead of the Golden Bears in the first varsity eight final, Ohio State became the first school in NCAA rowing history to win the title three consecutive years. The Buckeyes edged out California with 126 points over the Golden Bears’ 114. For head coach Andy Teitelbaum, hard work defined the championship run.

“It’s been amazing watching these young women grow up this season,” 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 IIV8 and varsity four set us up well today and the IV8 brought us across the finish line. This was truly an outstanding regatta for our entire team.”

Ohio State’s first varsity eight boat wrapped up the season with a dramatic finish and a perfect 49-0 record.

“We were fortunate to pull ahead in the middle thousand and hold on,” Teitelbaum said of the race. “It was a great battle between two very talented boats.”