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April 27, 2006

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COLUMBUS, Ohio – The fifth-ranked Ohio State rowing team competes in the 2006 Big Ten Championships Saturday at Lake Phalen in St. Paul, Minn. The Buckeyes, who finished second last year by one point, are searching for their second conference crown after winning the title in 2002.

The format for the Big Ten championships includes all six boats (first and second varsity eight, first and second varsity four and first and second novice eight) competing for points based on their finish, first through seventh place. The boats compete in two seperate heats in the morning. The top four times in the heats will then go on to race in the Grand Final. The other boats will compete in the Petite Final.

OSU at the Big Ten Championships
Ohio State has placed in the Top 3 every year of the Big Ten championships. The Buckeyes finished second at the last year’s championship with 129 points, one point behind Michigan State. It was the second time OSU has finished second along with 2001. The Buckeyes won the championship in 2002 and took third in 2000, 2003 and 2004.

Buckeyes Earn Two No. 1 Seeds
The Buckeyes earned the No. 1 seed in both the first and second varsity eight races for the Big Ten championships, the conference announced Monday. Ohio State also claimed a No. 2 seed in the second varsity four race.

The first varsity eight completed its regular-season schedule, which included nine nationally-ranked opponents, with a 7-3 record. The second varsity eight was 9-3 overall while the second varsity four was 10-1. Both varsity eight boats earned back-to-back Big Ten Boat of the Week honors this season, with the 1V8 chosen April 4 and the 2V8 chosen April 11.

Big Ten Championships History
This is the seventh Big Ten rowing championship, with Minnesota playing host to the event this year at Lake Phalen in St. Paul, Minn. Michigan has won four of the six previous championships, with Ohio State (2002) and Michigan State (2005) winning the other two titles.

Tough Competition
The Buckeyes are No. 5 in the latest USRowing/CRCA Poll Varsity Eight poll released April 26. It is the fourth-consecutive week OSU has been in the fifth slot. Ohio State is one of five Big Ten teams ranked in the poll, along with No. 6 Michigan State, No. 8 Michigan, No. 17 Minnesota and No. 18 Wisconsin.

Back-To-Back Big Ten Boat of the Week
Ohio State garnered its second-consecutive conference honor when the Buckeyes’ second varsity eight was named Big Ten Boat of the Week, the conference announced April 11. The Buckeyes topped USC April 8 in the morning by more than eight seconds, clocking in at 6:31.30 while the Trojans finished at 6:39.32. In the afternoon, OSU won its second race with a time of 6:26.97 to Tennessee’s 6:32.37.

Ohio State’s first varsity eight boat was named Big Ten Boat of the Week for April 4. The Buckeyes upset No. 3 Virginia in their morning dual. In the second session of the day, OSU defeated both No. 13 Michigan State and Duke to conclude the event. Ohio State posted a time of 6:34.20, the best varsity eight time of the entire regatta.

Last Time Out: Oregon St./Minnesota
No. 5 Ohio State posted seven victories April 15 in dual races against Big Ten foe No. 18 Minnesota and No. 19 Oregon State in Bloomington, Ind. The regatta concluded the regular-season slate for the Buckeyes. The first varsity eight boat posted two decisive victories, topping Oregon State by over 10 seconds with a finish time of 6:32.16. In the afternoon, the Buckeyes defeated Minnesota with a time of 6:33.70 to the Gophers’ 6:38.20.

Ohio State’s second varsity eight, the current Big Ten Boat of the Week, extended its unbeaten streak to six duals with two victories as well, beating both the Beavers and Gophers in the two sessions with a time of 6:37.29 in the morning race and 6:42.50 in the afternoon. The first varsity four split its races, defeating the Beavers in the morning but falling to the Gophers in the afternoon. The second varsity four topped Minnesota twice and beat host Indiana as well in the morning race.

We’re Going Streaking
After struggling out of the gates with three losses at the season-opening Windermere Classic, the Ohio State second varsity eight boat has tallied a six-race win streak over the final three regattas of the regular season. The 2V8 boat has won its last six races by at least five seconds, defeating Virginia, Michigan State, and Duke (April 1), USC and Tennessee (April 8) and Oregon State and Minnesota twice (April 15).

Spanning the Globe
The 2006 Ohio State rowing roster consists of student-athletes from around the world. The 35 members of the team are from eight countries, including the United States. Germany has the largest representation from outside the U.S. with eight rowers. There also are Buckeyes from Australia, Italy, Lithuania, Poland, Russia and South Africa.

The U.S. Buckeyes represent six different states. There are 16 Ohio natives, with athletes also from Connecticut, New York, North Carolina, Pennsylvania and Virginia.

Next up for the Buckeyes
Three-time regional champ Ohio State will look for its fourth Central Region crown in as many years May 13-14 when the Buckeyes travel to Oak Ridge, Tenn.