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April 6, 2006

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Columbus, Ohio – The fifth-ranked Ohio State rowing team welcomes No. 4 Southern California and No. 17 Tennessee for dual races Saturday at Griggs Reservoir. The Buckeyes will face USC in the morning session beginning at 9 a.m., and then take on the Lady Vols in the afternoon beginning at 1 p.m.

The first and second varsity eight and first and second varsity four will compete against USC and Tennessee. OSU’s novice eight will race against Michigan, who is traveling to Columbus to also face the Trojans and Lady Vols.

Scarlet & Gray Event
The regatta Saturday is the rowing team’s Scarlet and Gray event for this season. Teams from Ohio State’s other 35 varsity sports are encouraged to come out and support their fellow Buckeyes.

Big Ten Boat of the Week
Ohio State’s first varsity eight boat was named Big Ten Boat of the Week, the conference announced Tuesday. It is the first weekly Big Ten honor for a Buckeye boat this season.

The crew, including Simone Haubner, Susanne Herbrand, Ninett Kossowsky, Beth Tompkins, Gabrielle Albertaviciute, Jess Shepherd, Annabelle Fago, Charlott Goldstein and coxswain Sarah Obee, recorded three victories April 1 at the ACC/Big Ten Duals held at Griggs Reservoir. The Buckeyes upset No. 3 Virginia in their morning dual, finishing with a time of 6:36.80 to the Cavaliers’ 6:38.44. 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, to edge the Spartans at 6:34.59. Duke finished third at 6:43.63.

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.

Last Time Out: ACC/Big Ten Duals
Then-No. 7 Ohio State won a total of six events en route to defeating No. 3 Virginia, No. 13 Michigan State and Duke at the ACC/Big Ten Duals April 1 at Griggs Reservoir on the Scioto River in Columbus, Ohio. The Buckeyes topped Virginia in all three NCAA events (first varsity four and first and second varsity eight) for the first time in school history and won all four varsity eight races. The second varsity eight victory over the Cavaliers snapped the defending NCAA champions’ win streak of more than a year. Overall, OSU was 11-4 on the day.

Ohio State opened the regatta against Virginia in the morning duals and faced Michigan State and Duke in the afternoon session. No. 12 Michigan also participated in the event.

Next up for the Buckeyes
Ohio State concludes its regular-season slate April 15 when the Buckeyes travel to Bloomington, Ind., to face Minnesota and Oregon State in dual races.