Ohio State captures third consecutive title; Barry earns first program crown
GOLD RIVER, Calif. -- Ohio State and Barry each captured national championships to highlight the final day of racing at the 2015 NCAA Rowing Championships at Lake Natoma Sunday.
Ohio State secured its third consecutive Division I championship after capturing the varsity eight title with 126 points, defeating California (114) and Brown (112). It also marked the third year in a row Cal finished as runner-up. Washington (110) and Virginia (104) rounded out the top five, followed by Stanford (100), Texas (99), Washington State (92), Yale (86) and Michigan (84).
In the V8 grand final, Ohio State crossed the line ahead of Cal by less than a half second for the win and more than six seconds in front of third-place Virginia. The win was the second consecutive title for the Buckeyes in the V8 final.
The Brown Bears came away victorious in the second varsity eight grand final, winning by more than a second against Ohio State and six seconds in front of Washington. It was the seventh time since 2000 that Brown has captured the 2V8 title, the most recent coming in 2010.
In the varsity four grand final, it turned into a three-school sprint to the finish as Virginia (7:12.760) crossed first, just ahead of Yale (7:12.920) and Brown (7:13.070). The Bears held the lead at the midway point before the Cavaliers used a late push to secure the win. Virginia won the event for the first time over the past 12 years, and first since 2010.
In Division II events, Barry captured both the varsity eight and varsity four events en route to its first rowing title in school history. Barry collected 20 points to outdistance Mercyhurst (15), defending champion Humboldt State (8) and Central Oklahoma (7).
In the varsity eight race, Barry won by more than eight seconds in a time of 7:11.548, well ahead of Mercyhurst. Humboldt State and Central Oklahoma rounded out the top four. The varsity four produced a similar result as Barry touched first in a time of 7:49.155, three seconds ahead of Mercyhurst (7:52.117), while Central Oklahoma finished third.