COLUMBUS, OHIO – The tune “On the Road Again” should be a familiar one this season for the Ohio State rowing team. The Buckeyes will compete against Michigan, Michigan State and Notre Dame as they travel to their third-consecutive road regatta Saturday on Lake Lemon in Bloomington, Ind. Action begins at 9 a.m.
Ohio State’s Second Varsity and First Novice Eights held strong last week battling No. 11 Clemson and No. 2 Virginia. For the complete story, click HERE.
Tenth-ranked Michigan’s First Varsity Eight split with both a win and a loss April 3. The boat lost to Virginia with a time of 6:41.1 and picked up a win against Clemson in 6:39.1. The First Varsity Eight also won Big Ten Boat of the Week April 6.
In its last regatta, No. 7 Michigan State took on Gonzaga, Buffalo, Yale and Cornell in a two-day event. The Spartans were victorious over three of the four crews, falling only to No. 1 ranked Yale. The First Varsity Eight timed in at 6:15.9 against Gonzaga and Buffalo and 6:18.6 against Yale.
In 20th-ranked Notre Dame’s last regatta March 28, the First Varsity Eight beat Indiana in 7:06.0. Other school’s present at the regatta included Purdue, Buffalo and Eastern Michigan.
LAKE LEMON NOT SO SOUR
Located in Monroe County, Ind., Lake Lemon attributes its name to Bloomington Mayor Tom Lemon. It’s the 11th largest lake in Indiana, comprising 24 miles of shoreline. Lake Lemon’s shoreline is home to Little Africa Wildlife Viewing Area, a popular place for bird watching, as well as the Indiana University Aquatic Center (according to Bloomingpedia.com).
ACCORDING TO WEATHER.COM…
It will be a mostly sunny day in Monroe County, Ind., Saturday. Expected highs are in the upper 60s and lows in the mid 40s.
A QUICK LOOK BACK AT LAST WEEK
The Second Varsity and First Novice Eights had strong outings at the annual ACC/Big Ten Challenge April 3 on Lake Monticello in Lake Monticello, Va.
The event was divided into a morning and afternoon session. The Scarlet and Gray began the day vs. No. 11 Clemson and the Second Varsity Eight secured a 7.6 second win, clocking in at 6:49.4, while Clemson finished in 6:57.0. The 2V8 had a slight change in its lineup from last week as Anniken Ellingsen and Ellen Heister joined teammates Tess Prescott, Jill Mohr, Mandy Merritt, Katie Flarida, Lindsey Titus, Charlott Goldstein and coxswain Kristin DiJosie.
The First Novice Eight highlighted the afternoon racing as it finished exactly four seconds ahead (7:05.4-7:09.4) of No. 2 Virginia’s novice squad. That Buckeye crew consisted of Elise Mayo, Colleen Krajewski, Jessica Breig, Samantha Fowle, Caroline Farrar, Leslie Weist, Sarah Cornish, Allison Elber and coxswain Kyrsten French.
Back to the morning session, the First Varsity Eight, First Varsity Four and Second Varsity Four came in second to the Tigers. The First and Second Novice Eights were second and third, respectively.
The 1V8 crossed the finish line just 1.6 seconds behind Clemson in slight headwind (6:40.6-6:42.2). The Buckeye crew of Ingrid Aasaaren, Carolin Helmholz, Claudia Herpertz, Ulrike Denker, Emily Walsh, Emily Ralph, Erin Shropshire, Sara Wallace and coxswain Samantha Getz did improve on its time from last week’s race in Princeton (6:55.0).
Making an 11.3 second improvement from last week, the 1V4 of Stephanie Johnson, Kate Sweeney, Katie Coons and Farrah Edwards finished its race vs. the Tigers in 7:44.3. Also of note, Coons was new to the lineup this week. Clemson completed the race in 7:30.7.
Ashley Dzurnak, Julie Dick, Katherine Tylinski and Kara Shropshire comprised the 2V4 and that group crossed the finish line in 7:54.7 behind Clemson’s 7:47.6.
Both the 1N8 and 2N8 got into the action April 3 with the First Novice Eight taking second in a time of 7:11.0. The Second Novice Eight – Kristen Ricker, Kaitlin Maloney, Samantha Autry, Eileen Gehlhausen, Jessica Danker, Sarah Brad, Elizabeth Trentman, Christine McMillan and coxswain Katie Daniel – obtained valuable experience racing against some of the best in the ACC as they finished in 7:26.4.
After a break, the Buckeyes got right back out on the water against the second-best team in the nation. Again, Ohio State did not necessarily earn the results they were hoping for, but gained valuable knowledge after competing against some of the best in women’s collegiate rowing.
The First Varsity Eight’s time of 6:59.8 vs. the Cavaliers’ 6:46.7 was obtained in variable cross headwind, as well as choppy water. Meanwhile, the Second Varsity Eight fell 4.5 seconds short (6:58.2) of beating Virginia, who finished in 6:53.7.
Finishing third in a time of 7:56.8, the First Varsity Four raced Virginia’s “A” and “B” boats. The 2V4 also raced two Cavalier crews. The Buckeyes clocked in at 8:06.0 for a third-place finish.
Last, but not least, the Second Novice Eight was third (7:30.3) vs. its teammates and Virginia.
A PLACE TO CALL HOME
Ohio State will officially move into its new boathouse, The Griggs Reservoir Boathouse, around late fall/early winter, just in time for the 2011 rowing season.
DON’T MISS OUT!
The Buckeyes will host one home regatta on the Scioto River at Griggs Reservoir this season April 18. Ohio State will welcome Michigan, Michigan State and USC.
The Buckeyes took a different approach when choosing team leaders this season. Instead of captains, Ohio State chose a contingent for its Leadership Group. Seniors Katie Flarida, Sara Wallace and Mandy Merritt, as well as junior Erika Benford and sophomore Claudia Herpertz make up this group.
The Collegiate Rowing Coaches Association/USRowing Rankings will follow a new format this year. Instead of individual First Varsity Eights receiving rankings, an entire team will earn a Top 20 standing based on its performance throughout the season.
The Buckeyes are 13th in the country in the current standings released Wednesday.
SEE YOU SOON
Katie Beletskaya, Meghan Birkbeck and Claire-Louise Bode signed National Letters of Intent and will join the Ohio State rowing team for their freshmen season in the fall of 2010 head coach Andy Teitelbaum, announced.
Birkbeck hails from Absecon, N.J., where she rows for the Holy Spirit High School crew. Holy Spirit is the same alma mater of junior coxswain Kristin DiJosie. Birkbeck attended the U.S. junior team selection camp and raced at Club Nationals. She is also a swimmer, competing in the 100m breast.
“Meghan is exactly the type of athlete who does well at Ohio State,” Teitelbaum said. “She’s excited by the competitive nature of our program and possesses the natural attributes to be a great rower here. She’s been a two-sport athlete throughout high school and we are looking forward to seeing how she develops when she trains as a rower year round.”
Beletskaya, of Vineland, N.J., rows for Vineland High School. This past summer, she raced for the Atlantic Coast Rowing Club at the Independence Day Regatta in Philadelphia and Club Nationals in Oak Ridge, Tenn.
“Katie was tremendously impressive when we had her on campus this fall,” Teitelbaum said. “Her interest in our program and desire to be a part of the Ohio State environment really left an impression upon the staff and our athletes. We’re excited to have someone with her athleticism included in our incoming class.”
Bode, a native of Johannesburg, South Africa, participated in the Junior World Championships for her country in which she successfully made the A final and came in fifth.
“Claire is already at a high level for a rower of her age,” Teitelbaum said. “Her finish in the coxless pair event at the Junior World championships is indicative of the caliber of athlete we have traditionally recruited to OSU. As her strength and technique grow, we see her as continuing the long line of successful national team rowers who have improved while at Ohio State.”
A PRESENCE IN THE COMMUNITY
In addition to their commitment to rowing practice and now competition, the Buckeyes had an enormous presence in the community during this past fall and winter. To name just few of Ohio State’s community service initiatives, it participated in the ‘Light The Night’ walk hosted by the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society, ‘Making Strides against Breast Cancer’ event coordinated by the American Cancer Society, Habitat for Humanity and Operation Buckeye.
Junior coxswain Erika Benford was featured on the Big Ten Network this past summer and fall. In August, Benford, along with some of her student-athlete peers, taped a “Faces of the Big Ten” commercial. Benford also was featured in the network’s “Big Ten Short Stories” program. In the show, Benford discusses her mother and family’s battle with breast cancer and how that life experience influenced her many community service initiatives.
Ohio State will host its first and only home regatta at noon April 18 at Griggs Reservoir, competing against Michigan, Michigan State and USC.