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May 29, 2005

SACRAMENTO, Calif. – The Ohio State rowing team tied its program best with a fourth-place finish at the 2005 NCAA Championships Sunday at CSUS Aquatic Center on Lake Natoma in Sacramento, Calif.

The Buckeyes earned 42 points overall, seven points behind third-place Brown and three points ahead of fifth-place Princeton. The Buckeyes’ second varsity eight set a program best with a fourth-place national finish, the boat’s previous best was fifth in 2001. The first varsity eight finished with a sixth-place national finish, while the varsity four garnered 10th. Cal won the team championship with 67 points, followed by Virginia (63) and Brown (49). Ohio State’s fourth-place team finish ties the Buckeyes’ best in the program history.

“I am extremely proud of our entire team,” Andy Teitelbaum, Ohio State head coach. “We had a fantastic season. Finishing in the top four at the national championships after winning a regional championship is a great way to close things out.”

Making only their third appearance in the Grand Finals of the NCAA championships, OSU’s first varsity eight finished sixth. Princeton jumped out to a strong start, but Cal edged the Tigers in the last 500 meters. The Buckeyes came in with a time of 6:26.96, 1.07 seconds behind fifth-place Yale. Cal came in first (6:20.74), followed by Princeton (6:22.80) and Harvard (6:23.86). Members of the first varsity eight include Franziska Schubert (Dresden, Germany), Jana Schiller (Marquardt, Germany), Beth Tompkins (Westerville, Ohio), Ninett Kossowsky (Leipzig, Germany), Jessica Shepherd (Richwood, Ohio), Annabelle Fago (Giessen, Germany), Amanda Purcell (Hilliard, Ohio), Diana Albrecht (Dresden, Germany) and coxswain Laureen Ellison (Edgewood, Ky.).

The second varsity eight wrapped up their season with a fourth place finish at the national championships. Virginia clinched the lead early in the race and never looked back finishing with a time of 6:34.19. Ohio State pushed for third place but Brown edged the Buckeyes in the last 1000 meters. The Buckeyes finished fourth overall in a time of 6:40.60, .9 seconds ahead of fourth-place Michigan State. OSU was 1.62 seconds behind third-place Brown and 6.41 seconds behind first-place Virginia. The second varsity eight earned 18 points towards the team’s total points. Members of the second varsity eight include Olga Grigorieva (Moscow, Russia), Justine Mahler (Cincinnati, Ohio), Simone Haubner (Leipzig, Germany), Christine Wulfert (Dortmund, Germany), Gabriele Albertavicute (Vilnius, Lithuania), Briony Clare (Sydney, Australia), Christina Neveu (Chagrin Falls, Ohio), Maggie Kathman (Lakeside Park, Ky.) and coxswain Sarah Obee (Toledo, Ohio).

The Buckeyes’ first varsity four concluded their season with a 10th-place national finish, taking fourth in the Petite Final. OSU started the race strong moving into fourth place. The Buckeyes battled Michigan State and Yale the remainder of the race for third place. The squad could not surpass Yale finishing fourth in the Petite Final with a time of 7:31.1. Ohio State ended 2.8 seconds behind third-place Yale and 5.7 seconds behind first-place Michigan. The varsity four earned three points towards the team’s total points. Members of the first varsity four include Andrea Dymalski (Bremen, Germany), Christy Alge (St. Mary’s, Ohio), Rachel Corley (Alexandria, Va.), Giulia Benedetti (Upper Arlington, Ohio) and coxswain Susanne Wilson (Fredericktown, Ohio).

This season marked Ohio State’s sixth consecutive appearance at the NCAA championships. The Buckeyes’ highest finish was in 2001 when they placed fourth overall. Ohio State finished fifth in 2003 and 2002, eighth in 2004 and ninth in 2000.

Both the Buckeyes’ varsity eights made their third appearance in the Grand Finals of the national regatta. Ohio State’s first varsity eight has qualified for the Grand Finals three times out of the last four years (2002, 2004, 2005). Only two other schools have had the same accomplishment – Cal and Princeton.

“Individually, the second varsity eight coming in fourth and setting a program precedent was really exciting,” Teitelbaum said. “We were hoping for a little higher result from the varsity eight, but it was really great racing like it is every year at this event. There were great crews that finished above us, as well as great crews in the Petite Final that were unable to score the points we were.”

2005 NCAA Championships – Final DaySunday, May 29, 2005
CSUS Aquatic Center in Sacramento, Calif.
Race Results

Final Standings Team I Eights II Eights Fours Total 1. Cal 36 22 9 67 2. Virginia 27 24 12 63 3. Brown 18 20 11 49 4. Ohio State 21 18 3 42 5. Princeton 33 4 2 39 6. Harvard 30 8 1 39 7. Yale 24 10 4 38 8. Michigan 15 14 6 35 9. Washington 9 12 10 31 10. Michigan State 6 16 5 27 11. USC 12 6 7 25 12. Wisconsin 3 2 8 13

First Varsity Eight Time Grand Final 1. Cal 6:20.74 2. Princeton 6:22.80 3. Harvard 6:23.86 4. Virginia 6:24.22 5. Yale 6:25.89 6. Ohio State 6:26.96

First Varsity Eight Time Petite Final 1. Brown 6:24.65 2. Tennessee 6:26.26 3. Michigan 6:29.67 4. USC 6:31.71 5. Stanford 6:31.87 6. Washington 6:34.36

Second Varsity Eight Time Grand Final 1. Virginia 6:34.19 2. Cal 6:36.48 3. Brown 6:38.98 4. Ohio State 6:40.60 5. Michigan State 6:40.69 6. Michigan 6:47.39

Second Varsity Eight Time Petite Final 1. Washington 6:38.24 2. Yale 6:39.43 3. Harvard 6:44.23 4. USC 6:44.81 5. Princeton 6:45.61 6. Wisconsin 6:46.20

First Varsity Four Time Grand Final 1. Virginia 7:18.42 2. Brown 7:20.08 3. Washington 7:20.15 4. Cal 7:22.49 5. Wisconsin 7:23.53 6. USC 7:25.26

First Varsity Four Time Petite Final 1. Michigan 7:25.40 2. Michigan State 7:26.20 3. Yale 7:28.3 4. Ohio State 7:31.1 5. Princeton 7:34.7 6. Harvard 7:35.8

Complete official results can be found online at www.jamcotimes.com.