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May 15, 2005

COLUMBUS, Ohio – The fourth-ranked Ohio State rowing team won the 2005 Aramark Central Region Championships to capture their third-consecutive regional title at Lake Melton in Oak Ridge, Tenn. Ohio State finished second overall after tallying 366 points, six points behind first place Virginia, who won the 2005 Aramark title. Three of the six boats finished first in their respective Grand Final to clinch regional championship titles.

Winning the central region championship increases the Buckeyes chances to make their sixth-consecutive NCAA appearance. The NCAA committee will release the selected teams at www.ncaasports.com at 4 p.m. Tuesday.

“I couldn’t be more proud of our athletes,” Andy Teitelbaum, Ohio State rowing head coach, said. “I give credit to our athletes. They showed a lot of talent and pride. We saw a lot of great racing and speed from the South and Big Ten teams this weekend.”

The first varsity eight topped five boats in the Grand Final to finish first with a time of 6:27.50 and capture 189 points. Ohio State defeated No. 11 Tennessee (6:29.61), No. 9 Virginia (6:29.91), No. 14 Wisconsin (6:34.91), No. 7 Michigan (6:36.16) and No. 3 Michigan State (6:42.41). This is the third-consecutive year the Buckeyes placed first in the Grand Final, to win the central region championship title.

The second varsity eight suffered its second loss of the season, by losing to Virginia by 0.82 seconds with a time of 6:34.12 in the Grand Final. Virginia is the only team to defeat Ohio State’s second varsity eight this season. OSU topped Michigan State (6:38.96), Michigan (6:39.17), Wisconsin (6:44.86) and Notre Dame (6:52.75).

The first varsity four took second place in the Petite final with a time of 7:46.93 to finish eighth overall. Tennessee finished first in the Petite final with a time of 7:42.40. The second varsity four won the Grand Final in the Open 4 category to win the regional championship title with a time of 7:38.90 topping six boats, including Wisconsin, Michigan, Virginia, Notre Dame, Texas and Iowa.

The first novice eight finished third in the Grand Final with a time of 7:09.38. OSU was defeated by Michigan (7:04.00) and Virginia (7:08.12). The second novice eight took first in the Grand Final to win the regional championship title with a time of 7:21.60, topping Clemson (7:24.70), Virginia (7:28.80), Cincinnati (7:35.00) and Tennessee (7:45.90).

2005 ARAMARK CENTRAL/SOUTH ROWING REGION SPRINTS Sunday, May 15, 2005 – FINALS

OVERALL STANDINGS 1. Virginia 372 2. Ohio State 366 3. Wisconsin 324 4. Michigan 317 5. Tennessee 304 6. Michigan State 294 7. Notre Dame 262 8. Minnesota 231 9. Indiana 187 10. Clemson 180 11. Texas 172 12. Louisville 171 13. Iowa 144 14. C. Florida 140 15. Duke 133 16. Cincinnati 77 17. Miami 77 18. Kansas 67 19. North Carolina 51 20. Kansas State 47 21. SMU 27

CENTRAL REGION STANDINGS 1. Ohio State 366 2. Wisconsin 324 3. Michigan 317 4. Michigan State 294 5. Notre Dame 262 6. Minnesota 231 7. Indiana 187 8. Iowa 144 9 .Cincinnati 77 10. Kansas 67 11. Kansas State 47

SOUTH REGION STANDINGS 1. Virginia 372 2. Tennessee 304 3. Clemson 180 4. Texas 172 5. Louisville 171 6. C. Florida 140 7. Duke 133 8. Miami 77 9. North Carolina 51 10. SMU 27

Aramark Central/South Region Sprints Results First Varsity Eight Grand Final 1. Ohio State 6:27.50 2. Tennessee 6:29.61 3. Virginia 6:29.91 4. Wisconsin 6:34.91 5. Michigan 6:36.16 6. Michigan State 6:42.41

Second Varsity Eight Grand Final 1. Virginia 6:33.30 2. Ohio State 6:34.12 3. Michigan State 6:38.96 4. Michigan 6:39.17 5. Wisconsin 6:44.86 6. Notre Dame 6:52.75

First Varsity Four Petite Final 1. Tennessee 7:42.40 2. Ohio State 7:46.93 3. Clemson 7:48.47 4. Texas 7:52.26 5. Louisville 7:55.82 6. Indiana 8:10.80

Second Varsity Four Grand Final 1. Ohio State 7:38.90 2. Wisconsin 7:40.54 3. Michigan 7:42.79 4. Virginia 7:48.23 5. Notre Dame 7:49.01 6. Texas 7:51.12 7. Iowa 7:54.33

First Novice Eight Grand Final 1. Michigan 7:04.00 2. Virginia 7:08.12 3. Ohio State 7:09.38 4. Clemson 7:11.60 5. Iowa 7:12.47 6. Wisconsin 7:12.77 7. Notre Dame 7:14.56

Second Novice Eight Grand Final 1. Ohio State 7:21.60 2. Clemson 7:24.70 3. Virginia 7:28.80 4. Cincinnati 7:35.00 5. Tennessee 7:45.90