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May 5, 2004

COLUMBUS, Ohio – Ohio State’s Annabelle Fago was named the 2004 Big Ten Rowing Freshman of the Year, the conference announced Wednesday. The Giessen, Germany, native sat in the six and seven seats of OSU’s first varsity eight this season.

“Annabelle has done a fantastic job for us,” Andy Teitelbaum, Ohio State head coach, said. “It is great the conference has recognized her contributions to our crew’s performance this year.”

Fago is one of three freshmen in the Buckeyes’ top boat, which was ranked No. 1 nationally for five consecutive weeks this season. Fago was a member of the German National Team from 2000-02 and helped the squad to which silver medals at the 2000 and 2002 World Championships.

This award marks Fago’s first Big Ten honor and the second Big Ten Freshman of the Year accolade for the Buckeye program. Phaedra Giblin received the honor in 2000.

The Buckeyes return to action May 15-16 at the Lexus South/Central Regional Championships in Oak Ridge, Tenn., in hopes to secure a bid to the 2004 NCAA Championships May 28-30 in Sacramento, Calif.