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April 26, 2000

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COLUMBUS, Ohio – The No. 13 Ohio State Buckeyes travel to Madison, Wis., to take part in the Inaugural Big Ten Championships, Saturday, April 29. Races begin at 8 a.m. with the morning session concluding at 10:45. Action resumes with the finals starting at noon and finishing at 4 p.m.%^$

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THE INAUGURAL CHAMPIONSHIPS%^$
Head coach Andy Teitelbaum’s goal Saturday is to win the 2000 championships. The inaugural Big Ten Championships will score the varsity eight and four boat, as well as the second varsity eight boat. All other events will be non-scoring. The Big Ten Championship team shall be determined by accumulation of points from the following three races, using this scoring system: first varsity eight: 24, 21, 18, 15, 12, 9%^$second varsity eights: 12, 10, 8, 6, 4, 2 and varsity fours: 6, 5, 4, 3, 2, 1. Each school is allowed to enter one boat in each event and there will be two heats of three boats for each race. Complete results and information on the championships can be found at www.bigten.org.%^$

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PROBABLE VARSITY EIGHT%^$
bow: Megan Hura%^$
2 seat: Sam Bomkamp%^$
3 seat: Liz Hellickson%^$
4 seat: Mindy Stauffer%^$
5 seat: Maxi Meissner%^$
6 seat: Connie Kirsch%^$
7 seat: Katie Buttine%^$
stroke: Phae Giblin%^$
coxswain: Liz Heisey%^$

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LAST TIME OUT VS. INDIANA%^$
The No. 13 Ohio State women’s crew team topped Indiana in the April 22 regatta held at Grigg’s Reservoir. The Buckeyes swept both varsity races, easily defeating the Hoosiers. Ohio State “A” won the varsity eight race with a time of 6:43.60. The varsity eight “B” came in second with a time of 6:50.96. In the varsity four race the Ohio State “B” team won with a time of 7:30.60 over the OSU “A” boat with a time 7:37.24. The Hoosiers swept the Buckeyes in all three of the novice races.%^$

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THE SPRING SEASON IN REVIEW%^$
The No. 13 Ohio State Buckeyes started the spring season on a high note beating Dayton in a dual race on March 18. OSU got a taste of top-flight competition March 25 at the ACC-Big Ten Double Dual. Then No. 2 Virginia downed the Buckeyes, but only by a slim margin of just over five seconds. Ohio State has had one head-to-head matchup with a conference-rival this spring with the Wolverines narrowly defeating the Buckeyes on April 15 by less than a second, 6:51.20 to 6:51.87. Ohio State concluded the home season, defeating Indiana in the varsity races. The first varsity eight boat crossed the finish line 26 seconds ahead of the Hoosiers. Indiana swept the novice boats April 22.%^$

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THIS WEEK: NO. 13%^$
The Ohio State women’s varsity crew was ranked 13th in the April 19 Collegiate Coaches Poll. The Buckeyes began the season at No. 13. They have been ranked as high as No. 11 this season.