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April 26, 2005

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Columbus, Ohio – The No. 5 Ohio State rowing team travels to the 2005 Big Ten Championships Saturday at 9:15 a.m. EST on Lake Lemon in Bloomington, Ind.

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.

Competition begins with the second novice eight at 9:15 a.m. EST and the final session starts at 3:45 p.m. EST with the first varsity eight.

Live Updates
For race schedules, lane assignments, team information and live results during the 2005 Big Ten Championships visit www.bigten.org.

First Varsity Eight vs. Big Ten
Ohio State’s first varsity eight has faced three teams in the Big Ten this season. The Buckeyes first Big Ten competitor was then-No.5 Michigan on April 2 in Ann Arbor, Mich. OSU was defeated by the Wolverines with a time of 6:14.0, three seconds behind the Michigan top boat. Ohio State returned home, where they faced then-No. 8 Michigan State. The Buckeye boat topped MSU with a time of 6:41.7, 3.4 seconds ahead of the Spartans. The final Big Ten race of regular season action was against Indiana. Ohio State won the race with a time of 6:59.6.

Second Varsity Eight vs. Big Ten
Ohio State’s second varsity eight posted a perfect 3-0 record in the Big Ten this season. OSU defeated Michigan, Michigan State and Indiana.

First Varsity Four vs. Big Ten
The Buckeye’s first varsity four holds a 1-2 record in the Big Ten this season. Ohio State topped Indiana, but was defeated by Michigan and Michigan State.

Second Varsity Four vs. Big Ten
OSU’s second varsity four competed against Michigan, Michigan State and Minnesota several times this season to post a 5-3 overall record in the Big Ten. OSU beat Michigan “B,” Michigan State twice and Minnesota twice. The Buckeyes lost to Michigan’s “A” boat three times.

Novice Boats vs. Big Ten
OSU’s first novice eight boat holds a 3-3 record in the Big Ten this season, while the second novice eight is 3-4.

Scouting the Big Ten
Six of the seven teams in the Big Ten are ranked in the Top 20 Collegiate Rowing Coaches Association Poll. Michigan, Ohio State and Michigan State are near the top of the poll at third, fifth and sixth respectively. No. 15 Wisconsin, No. 19 Minnesota and No. 20 Iowa close out the ranked teams in the nation. Michigan enters the Big Ten Championships undefeated this season, posting a 7-0 record. The Wolverines won their fourth Big Ten title last year at the 2004 Big Ten Championships.

The Sixth Big Ten Championship
The Big Ten championships Saturday will be the sixth-annual conference regatta. Michigan won four of the five conference titles, including two back-to-back championships in 2000 and 2001 and again in 2003 and 2004. The Buckeyes clinched their first team title in 2002, marking the first team to win the title other than Michigan. Ohio State finished third overall in 2000, 2003 and 2004 and second in 2001.

2004 Big Ten Championships
The Ohio State rowing team finished third overall at the 2004 Big Ten Championships at MacBride Lake in Iowa City, Iowa. The then-No. 1 Buckeyes’ first varsity eight was upset by then-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).

After placing first in the morning session, the first varsity eight fell by two seconds to Michigan in the final race of the day. 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 boat finished second in the morning with a time of 6:51.3.

The first varsity four had a strong morning finishing first in Heat 1 and continued their success into the afternoon, clinching 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.

The second varsity four took first place in the Petite Final to finish fifth overall. The first novice eight finished fourth overall, while the second novice eight came in third place.

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 are 5-1 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 and then-No. 12 USC 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 then-No. 4 Ohio State rowing team’s first varsity eight downed No. 12 USC and Indiana April 16 at Griggs Reservoir on the Scioto River in Columbus, Ohio.

Overall, Ohio State’s varsity squad finished the day 7-1 and the novice team went 4-2. Ohio State led all five teams posting an 11-3 record, on the day.

The first varsity eight posted a perfect 2-0 record, to finish the season undefeated at home. The fourth-ranked Buckeye boat defeated No. 12 USC with a time of 7:01.4, while the Trojans posted a time of 7:08.1 in the morning session. OSU topped Indiana with a time of 6:59.6, while the Hoosiers ended the race in 7:18.6.

Ohio State’s second varsity eight went 2-0 overall on the day. The Buckeyes defeated USC in the morning race. OSU completed the race in 7:17.1 and USC followed with a time of 7:22.5. The second varsity eight topped Indiana in the afternoon with a time of 7:12.7, 17.2 seconds ahead of the Hoosiers.

The 2005 Postseason
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.

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
Ohio State will have the weekend off, before traveling to the 2005 Central/South Regional Championships May 14-15 in Oak Ridge, Tenn. The Buckeyes look to capture their third consecutive regional championship title.