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May 26, 2004

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Columbus, Ohio – The third-ranked Ohio State rowing team heads to the 2004 NCAA Championships Friday – Sunday at CSUS Aquatic Center in Sacramento, Calif. The Buckeyes will be making their fifth consecutive appearance at the national regatta.

Sacramento State will serve as the host of the three-day regatta, which will crown the 2004 NCAA Rowing Champions.

Live Updates
For race schedules, lane assignments, team information and live results during the 2004 NCAA Championships visit www.jamcotimes.com/2004/ncaaw/index.htm.

Ticket Information
Tickets for the 2004 NCAA Women’s Rowing Championships can be obtained through the Sacramento State Ticket Office (916-278-2222) and at the CSUS Aquatic Center throughout the competition.

Previous NCAA Appearances
This season marks the fifth-consecutive appearance Ohio State has made in the NCAA championships.

The Buckeyes’ highest finish was in 2001 when they placed fourth overall. Ohio State finished fifth in 2003 and 2002 and ninth in 2000.

Csus Aquatic Center
The CSUS Aquatic Center will play host to its third NCAA championship in eight years. It previously hosted the 1997 and 1999 national regattas. The facility is considered one of the premier rowing sites in the country and has received more than $3 million in improvements over the past six years.

Tournament selection
The NCAA team championship is comprised of 12 teams, with each team consisting of two eight-member boats and one four-member boat. In addition, four eight-member boats from institutions not represented in the team competition were selected at-large.

The selection of teams and individual boats was based on eligibility and availability of student-athletes, regional championship results, regional rankings, late-season performance, head-to-head results, results against teams/boats already selected, results against common opponents, and results against regionally ranked teams/boats. One team from each region was selected and the remaining seven teams were selected at-large.

Buckeyes Rank No. 3
Ohio State climbed to No. 3 in the US Rowing/Collegiate Rowing Coaches Association poll released May 19. The Buckeyes were ranked No. 5 last week after a five-week run at the No. 1 spot. OSU’s previous highest ranking was set in the 2002 season, when OSU was third twice during the campaign.

2003 NCAA Championships
Ohio State closed its season with an eighth-place finish, scoring 38 points overall, at the 2003 NCAA Championships in Indianapolis, Ind.

The Buckeye first varsity eight finished in ninth place, taking third in the Petite Final, while the second varsity eight and first varsity four finished sixth and fourth, respectively. The team finish for the Buckeyes was the third-best in program history.

The first varsity boat rowed an outstanding race to finish third in the competition’s ‘B’ final. The team sat in fifth through the first 1500 meters, but flew through the final 500, posting the best final split of any crew and nearly taking second in the race. The team, which finished in six minutes, 23.95 seconds, was edged by just .47 seconds by Princeton, knocking the team from seventh to eighth overall in the final standings.

The second varsity eight scored the second-best national finish in a second eight competition in program history, taking sixth overall.

The OSU first varsity four had the best finish of any Buckeye crew at the championships, wrapping up its season with a strong fourth-place national mark. The finish ties the best first varsity four national finish in program history, set at the 2001 NCAA Championships.

NCAA Championship rankings
The best Division I programs in collegiate rowing will race this weekend at the 2004 NCAA Championships. All 12 teams competing in the championship are ranked in the Top 20 in the Collegiate Rowing Coaches Association poll this week. The teams include: No. 1 California, No. 2 Princeton, No. 3 Ohio State, No. 4 Harvard, No. 5 Virginia, No. 6 Washington, No. 7 Yale, No. 8 Michigan, No. 9 Brown, No. 11 Wisconsin, No. 14 Michigan State and No. 17 Washington State.

The Buckeyes vs. The NCAA Field
This season, Ohio State has raced six of the 12 teams competing at the NCAA championships. In the first regatta of the regular season, Ohio State topped then-No. 3 Princeton and then-No. 1 Brown March 27 in Princeton, N.J.

The first varsity eight posted its first victory of the year, outrunning the Princeton top boat by 4.63 seconds, finishing the race in 6:26.2 to Princeton’s 6:30.83 and Brown’s 6:32.80.

In OSU’s second non-conference regatta of the season the first varsity eight defeated then-No. 6 Virginia April 12 in Charlottesville, Va. The first varsity eight edged Virginia by 4.9 seconds, finishing the race in 6:33.6.

The second varsity eight fell to Virginia. The Cavaliers finished at 6:45.2, while Ohio State followed at 6:49.0. The first varsity four completed the race in 7:42.4, 3.9 seconds behind Virginia.

At the 2004 Big Ten Championships May 1 in Iowa City, Iowa, the team finished with 112 points, behind first-place Michigan (128) and second-place Wisconsin (115).

The then- No. 1 Buckeyes competed against Michigan, Michigan State and Wisconsin. Ohio State’s first varsity eight was upset by No. 10 Michigan by two seconds in the Grand Final. Michigan finished with a time of 6:48.4 and Ohio State finished at 6:50.4.

The second varsity eight placed fourth overall with a time of 7:15.7 in the Grand Final. The boat was defeated by Michigan (7:01.3), Michigan State (7:02.4) and Wisconsin (7:10.2).

The first varsity four clinched the conference title in the Grand Final with a time of 7:44.5. The boat defeated Wisconsin by 1.2 seconds, Michigan State by 3.7 seconds and Michigan by 12.1 seconds.

Big Ten Boat of the week
Earlier this season, the Buckeyes earned the title of Big Ten Boat of the Week four consecutive weeks. The Ohio State first varsity eight earned the accolade for posting a victory over then-No. 13 Wisconsin, Iowa and Minnesota April 19. The Buckeyes also received the honor for upsetting then-No. 6 Virginia and then-No. 20 Duke April 12, then-No. 4 Michigan April 5 and then-No. 1 Brown and then-No. 3 Princeton March 29.

Big Ten Honors
Following Big Ten racing, four Buckeyes were named to the All-Big Ten teams. Senior Tatiana Grigorieva (Moscow, Russia) and junior Diana Albrecht (Dresden, Germany) both received First Team All-Big Ten honors, while seniors Susi Wesenburg (Rostock, Germany) and Ashley Orr (Dublin, Ohio) were named to the second team.

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

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.

Last time out – Regionals
Ohio State tallied 391 points overall to win the 2004 Central Regional Championships on the final day of competition in Oak Ridge, Tenn., May 15-16. Ohio State finished second in the overall standings 15 points behind first place Virginia, who won the south region and 2004 Lexus Cup titles.

The first varsity eight was able to clinch the only victory of the day, finishing in a time of 6:34.8. The varsity eight boat defeated Virginia (6:37.3), Michigan (6:39.3), Tennessee (6:42.9), Wisconsin (6:43.5) and Texas (6:43.8).

The second varsity eight placed fifth in the Grand Final with a time of 6:51.6. The boat was defeated by Virginia (6:44.5), Michigan (6:49.5), Michigan State (6:50.6) and Wisconsin (6:50.9).

The first varsity four took third place in the Grand Final with a time of 7:38.4. Virginia finished first with a time of 7:33.1 and Wisconsin followed in second place with a time of 7:37.0.

The second varsity four struggled in the Open Four Grand Final taking fifth place with a time of 7:53.2. Michigan won the race with a time of 7:42.8.

The first novice eight finished second in the Grand Final in 7:09.4. The boat was defeated by Kansas, who finished the race 4.1 seconds ahead of OSU. The second novice took second place in the Grand Final with a time of 7:34.4, 18.3 seconds behind first place Wisconsin.

Big Ten Leaders
Ohio State ranks No. 3 in the Collegiate Rowing Coaches Association poll this week. Four of the seven Big Ten teams are ranked in the Top 15 and will be competing in the 2004 NCAA Championships – Ohio State (3), Michigan (8), Wisconsin (11) and Michigan State (14).

Around the Globe
In the tradition of Ohio State rowing, the team once again sports a delegation from around the globe.

The team now includes seven members from Germany (Diana Albrecht, Ninnet Kossowsky, Annabelle Fago, Jana Schiller, Franzi Schubert, Suzi Wesenberg, Wilma Dressel, and Nora Oelbermann) and seven other rowers from countries other than the U.S.

Overall, the team has representatives from five countries (Australia, Germany, the Netherlands, Russia and United States) and seven U.S. states (Connecticut, Kentucky, Maryland, New Jersey, New York, Ohio and Virginia).

The Newcomers
To go along with the depth and experience of the returning rowers, the Buckeyes added another stellar recruiting class as well as several members from the team’s novice program.

Overall, 13 new rowers, including six freshman, contribute to the success of the Buckeyes this season. Five members of the recruiting class are from Germany and the Netherlands and have all competed on a national team that went to the world championships.

“The leadership is great this year,” Teitelbaum said. “The freshman class is fantastic and have been able to compete at the highest level.”

The five freshmen consist of Wilma Dressel, Annabelle Fago, Ellen Maas, Briony Clare and Merel Julia Steinweg.

The team also added seven rowers from the novice program, who bring experience and power to the team. The seven new rowers include Beth Tompkins, Sarah Obee, Susan Cohen, Katie Machingo, Sarah Mominee, Kathryn Poling and Kelsey Reider.

Big Ten Notes
So far this season the Big Ten conference has become a dominant force in women’s rowing. For the fourth week in a row, four Big Ten teams are ranked among the nation’s Top 10 in the latest US Rowing/CRCA poll.

The 2004 season marks the fifth season of Big Ten Conference women’s rowing. Seven conference teams compete in women’s rowing: Indiana, Iowa, Michigan, Michigan State, Minnesota, Ohio State and Wisconsin.