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April 9, 2005

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COLUMBUS, Ohio – The No. 7 Ohio State first varsity eight defeated No. 6 Brown, No. 8 Michigan State and Rutgers Saturday at Griggs Reservoir on the Scioto River in Columbus, Ohio.

Overall, Ohio State’s varsity squad finished the day 11-3 and the novice team went 2-6. On the day, Ohio State led all five teams posting an 11-3 record. Brown went 6-3, Michigan went 10-6, Michigan State went 10-9 and Rutgers finished 1-12.

“It was a great day of racing,” Andy Teitelbaum, Ohio State rowing head coach, said. “It was fantastic to have so many great crews racing each other at the same time. The biggest race of the day for us was the second varsity eight defeating Brown. Brown’s second varsity eight has been the national champion for the past two years and to outdo a team of that caliber is really exciting. My hat goes off to our athletes, because those were really great crews out there today and they were able to stay in front and win. “

The first varsity eight posted a perfect 4-0 record on the day. The seventh-ranked Buckeye boat topped Brown and Rutgers in the morning session with a time of 6:41.1. In the afternoon, OSU beat both 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. Ohio State’s first varsity eight is now 6-0 at home this season.

Ohio State’s second varsity eight went 4-0 overall on the day. OSU edged Brown and Rutgers in the morning session. Ohio State finished in 6:29.6, 1.5 seconds ahead of Brown and 24.5 seconds ahead of Rutgers. In the afternoon, the Buckeyes finished with a time of 6:56.5, 4.6 seconds ahead of the Spartans and 25.5 seconds ahead of the Scarlet Knights.

The Buckeye’s first varsity four defeated Rutgers in the morning session and fell to Michigan State in the afternoon. In the morning, Ohio State topped Rutgers by 22.0 seconds with a time of 7:45.5. In the afternoon, the first varsity four posted a time of 7:51.6, 3.6 seconds behind Michigan State.

The second varsity four finished in second place in the morning, .4 seconds behind the Michigan boat and 9.8 seconds ahead of Michigan State. OSU took second place in the afternoon with a time of 8:11.3, 5 seconds behind Michigan and .6 seconds ahead of Michigan State.

The first novice eight went 1-3 on the day. In the morning, the Buckeye first novice eight was by defeated by both Brown and Rutgers. OSU completed the race in 7:01.3. In the afternoon, Ohio State took second place with a time of 7:18.0. The Buckeye boat finished 9.6 seconds behind Michigan State and 3.9 seconds ahead of Rutgers.

OSU’s second novice eight also finished the day 1-3 overall. The Buckeyes were defeated by both Michigan and Michigan State in the morning session. Ohio State finished with a time of 7:36.0, 19.4 seconds behind first place Michigan. In the afternoon, the second novice eight fell 14.6 seconds behind Michigan State at a time of 7:48.6, but topped Michigan by 1.8 seconds.

Next time out, Ohio State will face USC and Indiana at 9 a.m. April 16 at Griggs Reservoir on the Scioto River in Columbus, Ohio.