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May 10, 2005

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Columbus, Ohio – The No. 4 Ohio State rowing team travels to the 2005 Aramark South/Central Region Championships Saturday and Sunday in Oak Ridge, Tenn.

The Championship is comprised of 29 teams from around the region, including all seven teams from the Big Ten. 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.

Live Updates
For race schedules, lane assignments, team information and live results during the regional championships visit www.utladyvols.com.

OSU Receives Regional Championship Seedings
After a successful run at the Big Ten championship, the Buckeyes are seeded second in three of the four races at the south/central regional championships, including the first varsity eight, second varsity eight and first novice eight. Ohio State is seeded seventh in the first varsity four. There are no seeds for the second novice eight or second varsity four.

OSU vs. Non-Conference
This season, the Buckeyes have faced five non-conference teams, including Virginia, Duke, Brown, Rutgers and USC. All of the teams except Rutgers were nationally ranked squads. The Buckeyes are 5-0 against non-conference teams.

OSU vs. Big Ten
The Buckeyes finished second at the Big Ten Championship April 30 on Lake Lemon in Bloomington, Ind. Michigan State claimed the Big Ten title. In regular season action the Buckeyes are 2-1 against Big Ten squads. Ohio State defeated Michigan State and Indiana, but fell to Michigan earlier this season.

NCAA Selection Announcement
The selection for the 2005 NCAA tournament will be announced Tuesday, May 17 at 4 p.m. The selections will be available on the NCAA web site at www.ncaasports.com.

2004 Regional Championships
Last season, Ohio State tallied 391 points overall to win the 2004 Central Regional Championships May 16, 2004 in Oak Ridge, Tenn. Ohio State finished second in the overall standings 15 points behind first place Virginia, who won the south region and 2004 Lexus Cup title.

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). All of the boats in the Grand Final were ranked in the Top 20.

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.

Buckeyes at Home
The Buckeye’s first varsity eight boat went undefeated at home this season, claiming an 8-0 record at home. This is the second-consecutive season Ohio State posted an unbeaten record at home.

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. The Buckeyes topped then-No. 6 Brown and Rutgers April 9 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. In their final home regatta of the season the then-No. 4 Ohio State rowing team’s first varsity eight downed then-No. 12 USC and Indiana.

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 April 9. In his tenth season at the helm of the Buckeye program, Teitelbaum has posted a 302-120 record. He 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 Against Ranked Opponents
The Buckeyes’ first varsity eight is 9-2 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 and then-No. 12 USC at home. The only loss of the regular season was against then-No. 5 Michigan April 2 in Ann Arbor, Mich. At the Big Ten Championships April 30 on Lake Lemon in Bloomington, Ind., the Buckeyes defeated four ranked teams including, then-No. 3 Michigan, then-No. 14 Wisconsin, then-No. 15 Minnesota and then No. 20 Iowa. Ohio State fell to then-No. 7 Michigan State, who claimed the Big Ten title.

2005 All-Big Ten Honors
Four Buckeye rowers earned All-Big Ten accolades, the conference announced April 30. Diana Albrecht and Annabelle Fago both members of the first varsity eight, earned All-Big Ten First Team honors.

This is the second consecutive year Albrecht has been named to the All-Big Ten First Team. Albrecht was a member of the First Team All-America and First Team All-Central Region last year. This is the first honor for Fago, who was the Big Ten Freshman of the Year last season. Fago also received Second Team All-America and First Team All-Central Region accolades last season.

Ninnett Kossowsky and Amanda Purcell garnered All-Big Ten Second Team accolades. The selection is a first for Kossowsky and Purcell for their contribution to the first varsity eight.

Megan Gordon was also honored at the ceremony, receiving Big Ten Sportsmanship accolades.

OSU’s Last Time Out
Ohio State finished second overall at the 2005 Big Ten Championships April 30 in Bloomington, Ind. The regatta marked the second time in the six-year history the Buckeyes placed second.

Ohio State finished with 129 points, only one point behind first place Michigan State. The Spartans clinched their first Big Ten title after finishing first in the first varsity eight final. MSU is the third team in the Big Ten to win a conference title. Michigan has won four championships, while Ohio State has one.

After placing first in Heat 2 in the morning session, the first varsity eight was defeated by Michigan State in the Grand Final with a time of 6:23.50, 1.3 seconds behind MSU.

The second varsity eight placed first in the morning session and continued their success into the afternoon clinching the conference title in the Grand Final. The Buckeyes finished with a time of 6:28.52, 0.94 seconds ahead of the Spartan boat.

The first varsity four finished third in the morning session to place in the Petite Final in the afternoon. OSU won the Petite Final in 7:33.60, to end fifth overall.

The second varsity four placed second in the Grand Final, 5.81 seconds behind Wisconsin. In the morning session the Buckeyes also finished second, 11.15 seconds behind the Badgers.

The first novice eight finished second in Heat 1 in the morning session with a time of 6:48.70 to advance into the Grand Finals in the afternoon. OSU finished second in the Grand Final with a time of 6:47.66. Minnesota came in first with a time of 6:44.20.

The second novice eight took second in the Grand Final in the afternoon session with a time of 7:11.45. The Buckeye boat was topped by Wisconsin with a time of 7:08.10. OSU finished second in Heat 1 in the morning session.

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.

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.

Next Up for the Buckeyes
If Ohio State is selected to compete in the 2005 NCAA Championship, then the Buckeyes will travel to Sacramento, Calif. May 27-29 in their sixth-consecutive appearance in the national regatta. Last year, Ohio State finished eighth overall.