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April 14, 2005

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Columbus, Ohio – The No. 4 Ohio State rowing team plays host to No. 12 USC, No. 19 Minnesota and Indiana Saturday at 9 a.m. at Griggs Reservoir on the Scioto River in Columbus, Ohio.

Events will consist of the first and second varsity eight races, the first and second varsity four and the first and second novice eight competitions.

Ohio State vs. USC
The last time Ohio State and USC’s first varsity eight boats met was in the semifinals at the 2004 NCAA Championships in Sacramento, Calif., where Ohio State finished in third place with a time of 6:38.9 and USC (6:51.3) finished in sixth place.

Scouting No. 12 USC
USC’s top boat defeated Loyola Marymount April 9 in Los Angeles, Calif. The Trojans top boat finished in 6:36.1, while Loyola Marymount finished in 6:57.3. As a team, USC swept Loyola Marymount posting a 4-0 record.

Ohio State vs. Minnesota
The last time Ohio State and Minnesota’s second varsity four boat met was in Heat one at the 2004 Big Ten Championship in Iowa City, Iowa. Ohio State finished third with a time of 7:58.5, while Minnesota (7:52.5) took second place.

Scouting No. 19 Minnesota
Minnesota’s second varsity four defeated Iowa April 2 in Iowa City, Iowa. The Golden Gophers finished with a time of 8:30.7, 10.9 seconds ahead of the Hawkeyes.

Ohio State vs. Indiana
The last time Ohio State and Indiana’s first varsity eight met was in the second heat at the 2004 South/Central Regional Championships in Oak Ridge, Tenn. Ohio State came in first place with a time of 6:42.1, while Indiana placed fourth with a time of 6:54.6.

Scouting Indiana
Indiana competed at the Indianapolis State Rowing Championships in Indianapolis, Ind., April 9. The Hoosier’s first varsity eight boat was topped by both Notre Dame and Louisville and defeated Purdue. In the morning session, Indiana finished with a time of 7:03.8 and in the afternoon finished with a time of 7:18.7.

Buckeyes at Home
So far this season the Buckeye first varsity eight is undefeated at home posting a 6-0 record. In the first home regatta, Ohio State defeated then-No.6 Virginia and then-No. 17 Duke on the Scioto River. The then-fifth-ranked Buckeye boat topped Duke by 16.4 seconds and edged Virginia by 4.7 seconds. Last weekend the Buckeyes topped then-No. 6 Brown and Rutgers in the morning session. In the afternoon, OSU beat both then-No. 8 Michigan State and Rutgers with a time of 6:41.7, 3.4 seconds ahead of the Spartans and 22.9 seconds ahead of Rutgers.

Teitelbaum Reaches 300th Win
Ohio State head coach Andy Teitelbaum reached his 300th win against then-No. 6 Brown, then-No. 8 Michigan State and Rutgers last weekend. In his tenth season at the helm of the Buckeye program, Teitelbaum has posted a 300-120 record. Teitelbaum has lead his team to five consecutive NCAA appearances, two regional championship titles and was named regional coach of the year in 2003 and 2004.

OSU’s Second Varsity Eight
The second varsity eight boat defeated two-time defending national champion Brown April 9 on the Scioto River. The Buckeye boat finished in 6:29.6, 1.5 seconds ahead of Brown.

OSU Against Ranked Opponents
The Buckeyes are 4-1 this season against ranked opponents. Ohio State beat then-No.6 Virginia and then-No.17 Duke March 26 on the Scioto River in Columbus, Ohio. The Buckeyes also defeated then-No. 6 Brown and then-No. 8 Michigan State last weekend at home. The only loss of the season was against then-No. 5 Michigan April 2 in Ann Arbor, Mich.

Big Ten Boat of the Week Honors
The Big Ten Conference named the Ohio State rowing first varsity eight Big Ten Boat of the Week March 28.

The first varsity eight posted a perfect 2-0 record on the day against Duke and Virginia. The then-fifth-ranked Buckeye boat topped Duke by 16.4 seconds with a time of 6:32.3 in the morning session. The first eight then edged Virginia by 4.7 seconds, finishing with a time of 6:25.5 in the afternoon.

It marked the first award for the Buckeye boat this season. Last season, Ohio State’s top boat earned the award for five-consecutive weeks.

OSU’s Last Time Out
The first varsity eight posted a perfect 4-0 record on the day. The seventh-ranked Buckeye boat topped Brown and Rutgers in the morning session with a time of 6:41.1. In the afternoon, OSU beat both Michigan State and Rutgers with a time of 6:41.7, 3.4 seconds ahead of the Spartans and 22.9 seconds ahead of Rutgers.

Ohio State’s second varsity eight also went 4-0 overall on the day. OSU edged Brown and Rutgers in the morning session. Ohio State finished in 6:29.6, 1.5 seconds ahead of Brown and 24.5 seconds ahead of Rutgers. In the afternoon, the Buckeyes finished with a time of 6:56.5, 4.6 seconds ahead of the Spartans and 25.5 seconds ahead of the Scarlet Knights.

Big Ten Leaders
Michigan leads the Big Ten in the Collegiate Rowing Coaches Association poll. Five of the seven Big Ten teams are ranked in the Top 20 poll – Michigan (2), Ohio State (4), Michigan State (6), Wisconsin (14) and Minnesota (19).

The 2005 PostSeason
Postseason action includes a trip to Bloomington, Ind., where Ohio State will compete in the 2005 Big Ten Championships April 30. Following the conference championships, the Buckeyes will travel to the 2005 Central/South Regional Championships, which once again will be held in Oak Ridge, Tenn., May 14-15. Ohio State looks to qualify for its sixth consecutive NCAA championship held in Sacramento, Calif., May 27-29.

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

The team includes eight members from Germany (Diana Albrecht, Andrea Dymalski, Annabelle Fago, Simone Haubner, Ninett Kossowsky, Jana Schiller, Franziska Schubert, and Christine Wulfert) and three other members from countries other than the United States.

Overall, the team has representatives from five countries (Australia, Germany, Lithuania, Russia, and United States) and six states (Connecticut, Kentucky, Maryland, New York, Ohio and Virginia).

Buckeye Captains
Seniors Diana Albrecht and Maggie Kathman were named captains of the 2005 squad. Albrecht was a member of the first varsity eight, which earned Big Ten Boat of the Week accolades four consecutive weeks last year and remained undefeated in regular season action.

In 2004, Kathman helped guide the second varsity eight to a fourth-place finish at the 2004 Big Ten Championships. Both captains earned accolades as OSU Scholar-Athletes and Academic All-Big Ten honorees.

The Newcomers
The Buckeye recruiting class is a unique mixture of girls, who each bring different qualities to add to the success of Ohio State. Overall, 11 new rowers, four of which are true freshmen, look to contribute to the success of the Buckeyes this season. Four members of the rookie class are from Germany and Lithuania and all have competed at a high level in their native countries. The Buckeyes also add two athletes who previously swam for the Ohio State swim team (Rachel Helfrich and Ashley Routson).

The four new true freshmen consist of Gabrielle Albertaviciute, Andrea Dymalski, Simone Haubner and Christine Wulfert.

The team also adds five rowers and a coxswain from the novice program. They hope to bring experience and power to the team. The five rowers are Christy Alge, Guilia Benedetti, Jacquelyn Davis, Helfrich and Justine Lea Mahler. 2004’s first novice coxswain Susanne Wilson, also returns for her first varsity campaign.

Big Ten Notes
The 2005 season marks the sixth 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.

The Big Ten has one new head coach this season. Matt Weise took over Michigan State’s program when BeBe Bryans left to take the position as head coach at Wisconsin.

Big Ten Rowing Championships
Indiana will play host to the sixth annual Big Ten Women’s Rowing Championships Saturday, April 30 at Lake Lemon in Bloomington, Ind.

Last spring, the No. 1 Buckeyes’ first varsity eight was upset by No. 10 Michigan by two seconds in the Grand Final.

Ohio State finished with 112 points, behind first-place Michigan (128) and second-place Wisconsin (115). The Wolverines clinched their second consecutive Big Ten title as they finished first in the first varsity eight final.

Ohio State is the only other school to win a Big Ten rowing crown as the Buckeyes were victorious in 2002.

Next Up for the Buckeyes
Ohio State will have the weekend off, before traveling to the 2005 Big Ten Championships April 30 on Lake Lemon in Bloomington, Ind., where the Buckeyes will vie for their second conference title.