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April 8, 2006

COLUMBUS, Ohio – The Ohio State rowing team won a total of seven races in duals with Southern California and Tennessee Saturday in their second-consecutive home regatta at Griggs Reservoir on the Scioto River in Columbus, Ohio. The Buckeyes were undefeated in their second varsity eight and first and second varsity four races. The fifth-ranked first varsity eight split its races. The Buckeyes were edged by No. 4 USC in the morning session before topping No. 17 Tennessee in the afternoon.

In the final race of the morning, the Buckeyes and Trojans first varsity eight battled, but USC crossed the finish line first with a time of 6:23.40, just .53 ahead of OSU at 6:23.93. The Ohio State boat of Susanne Herbrand (Fr., Magdeburg, Germany), Simone Haubner (So., Leipzig, Germany) Beth Tompkins (Sr., Westerville, Ohio), Ninett Kossowsky (Sr., Leipzig, Germany), Gabriele Albertaviciute (So., Vilnius, Lithuania), Jessica Shepherd (Jr., Richmond, Ohio), Annabelle Fago (Jr., Giessen, Germany), Charlott Goldstein (Fr., Berlin, Germany) and coxswain Colleen Saville (Fr., Saratoga Springs, N.Y.) proved victorious in its second race, winning with a time of 6:21.59. Tennessee clocked in at 6:23.44.

The second varsity eight posted two sizable wins in its duals. The boat, consisting of Lavinia Tinelli (Fr., Rome, Italy), Andrea Dymalski (So., Bremen, Germany), Patricia Goodeman (Jr., Waterville, Ohio), Zuzanna Trzcinska (Fr., Ilawa, Poland), Katie Poling (Sr., Elyria, Ohio), Briony Clare (Jr., Sydney, Australia), Justine Mahler (Jr., Cincinnati, Ohio), Olga Grigorieva (Sr., Moscow, Russia) and coxswain Sarah Obee (Sr., Toledo, Ohio), won its morning race against USC with a time of 6:31.30. The Trojans finished at 6:39.32. In the afternoon, the Buckeyes clocked in at 6:26.97 to top Tennessee at 6:32.37.

Both varsity four boats also had considerable wins. Against USC, the first varsity four of Mackenzie Hiltbrand (Jr., Upper Arlington, Ohio), Mary Sheehan (Jr., Johnstown, Pa.), Peta-Leigh Dakyns (Fr., Johannesburg, South Africa), Giulia Benedetti (Jr., Columbus, Ohio) and coxswain Susanne Wilson (Jr., Fredericktown, Ohio) was victorious at 7:28.50 to the Trojans’ 7:44.06. They won their afternoon race with a time of 7:20.12, topping the Lady Vols at 7:26.68.

The second varsity four defeated both USC and Tennessee in morning and afternoon races. The boat, which includes Jackie Ruetenik (Jr., Vermilion, Ohio), Katie Ignasiak (Jr., Sylvania, Ohio), Susan Cohen (Sr., Milford, Conn.), Katie Machingo (Sr., Cincinnati, Ohio) and coxswain Katie McFarland (So., Elyria, Ohio), won the morning race with a time of 7:34.20 and the afternoon race at 7:28.40. Tennessee finished second in both (7:46.92 morning, 7:38.98 afternoon), while USC took third (7:51.38 morning, 7:41.32 afternoon).

The Ohio State novice boats competed against Michigan and fell in their three races. The first novice eight finished with a time of 7:14.66 in the morning to the Wolverine’s 6:53.54. Michigan won the morning’s second novice eight race with a time of 7:00.07. Ohio State was second at 8:14.62. UM’s second novice eight also won the afternoon race with a time of 6:53.10. The Wolverine’s first novice eight took second at 7:07.27, while OSU’s first novice eight was third at 7:14.09.

The Buckeye rowing team next travels to Bloomington, Ind., to face No. 18 Minnesota and No. 19 Oregon State in duals April 15.