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April 6, 2005

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Columbus, Ohio – The No. 3 Ohio State rowing team returns home to face No. 4 Brown, No. 11 Michigan State and Rutgers Saturday at 8 a.m. at Griggs Reservoir on the Scioto River in Columbus, Ohio.

Events will consist of the first and second varsity eight races, the first and second varsity four and the first and second novice eight competitions.

In the morning session Ohio State will face Rutgers and Brown, while Michigan State and Michigan go head-to-head. In the afternoon races Ohio State will face Michigan State and Rutgers, while Michigan and Brown compete.

Ohio State vs. Brown
The last time Ohio State and Brown’s first varsity eight boats met was in the Grand Finals at the 2004 NCAA Championships in Sacramento, Calif., where Ohio State took fifth place. The Buckeye boat finished with a time of 6:38.9 and Brown finished first with a time of 6:32.9.

Scouting No. 4 Brown
Brown’s top boat was defeated by Radcliffe last Friday on the Charles River in Cambridge, Mass. The Brown Bears’ top boat finished in 6:27.5, while Radcliffe finished in 6:24.7. As a team, Brown posted a 5-1record on the day.

Ohio State vs. Michigan State
The last time Ohio State and Michigan State’s first varsity eight competed was in the Grand Finals at the 2004 Big Ten Championship in Iowa City, Iowa. Ohio State came in second place at 6:50.4, while Michigan State came in fourth place at 6:55.7.

Scouting No. 11 Michigan State
Then-No.11 Michigan State upset then-No. 6 Virginia last Saturday at the Rivanna Reservoir in Charlottesville, Va. The Spartans finished in 6:42.9, while the Cavaliers completed the race in 6:43.8. Overall, MSU posted a 2-3 record as a team.

Scouting Rutgers
Rutgers took third place last Saturday on Lake Carnegie in Princeton, N.J., falling to Princeton and Columbia. Rutgers finished in 6:47.8, while Princeton finished in 6:19.6 and Columbia ended the race in 6:37.5. Head coach Andy Teitelbaum will face his alma mater this weekend when the Scarlet Knights face the Buckeyes in Columbus, Ohio.

Buckeyes at Home
So far this season the Buckeyes are undefeated at home posting a 2-0 record. In the last home regatta, Ohio State defeated then-No.6 Virginia and then-No. 17 Duke on the Scioto River in Columbus, Ohio. The then- fifth-ranked Buckeye boat topped Duke by 16.4 seconds with a time of 6:32.3 in the morning session and edged Virginia by 4.7 seconds, finishing with a time of 6:25.5 in the afternoon.

Big Ten Boat of the Week Honors
The Big Ten Conference named the Ohio State rowing first varsity eight Big Ten Boat of the Week March 28.

The first varsity eight posted a perfect 2-0 record on the day against Duke and Virginia. The then-fifth-ranked Buckeye boat topped Duke by 16.4 seconds with a time of 6:32.3 in the morning session. The first eight then edged Virginia by 4.7 seconds, finishing with a time of 6:25.5 in the afternoon.

It marked the first award for the Buckeye boat this season. Last season, Ohio State’s top boat earned the award for five-consecutive weeks.

OSU’s Last Time Out
The No. 3 Buckeye first varsity eight was defeated by No. 5 Michigan to end its undefeated streak last Friday at Lake Belleville in Ann Arbor, Mich. Overall, Ohio State finished with a 1-5 record in the regatta.

The first varsity eight was defeated by Michigan’s top boat by 3 seconds. The Wolverines finished with a time of 6:11.0 and the Buckeyes followed with a time of 6:14.0.

The second varsity eight captured the lone victory of the day topping Michigan by 5.5 seconds. OSU finished with a time of 6:21.1 and Michigan finished with a time of 6:26.6.

Big Ten Leaders
Ohio State leads the Big Ten in the Collegiate Rowing Coaches Association poll. Five of the seven Big Ten teams are ranked in the Top 20 poll – Ohio State (3), Michigan (5), Michigan State (11), Wisconsin (12) and Iowa (15).

The 2005 Season
This season, Ohio State looks to capitalize on its three home regattas. This is the first time in five years the Buckeyes have had the opportunity to host more than two regattas in a season.

Following the home meet this weekend, the Buckeyes will play host to USC and Indiana April 16 in their final home regatta.

Postseason action includes a trip to Bloomington, Ind., where Ohio State will compete in the 2005 Big Ten Championships April 30. Following the conference championships, the Buckeyes will travel to the 2005 Central/South Regional Championships, which once again will be held in Oak Ridge, Tenn., May 14-15. Ohio State looks to qualify for its sixth consecutive NCAA championship held in Sacramento, Calif., May 27-29.

Tough Schedule Ahead
Ohio State opened the 2005 season facing then-No. 6 Virginia and then-No. 17 Duke. Last weekend, OSU traveled to Ann Arbor, Mich., to take on No. 5 Michigan. This weekend, The Buckeyes return home for two consecutive regattas to face No. 4 Brown, No. 11 Michigan State and No. 14 USC.

Around the Globe
In the tradition of Ohio State rowing, the team once again sports a delegation from around the globe.

The team includes eight members from Germany (Diana Albrecht, Andrea Dymalski, Annabelle Fago, Simone Haubner, Ninett Kossowsky, Jana Schiller, Franziska Schubert, and Christine Wulfert) and three other members from countries other than the United States.

Overall, the team has representatives from five countries (Australia, Germany, Lithuania, Russia, and United States) and six states (Connecticut, Kentucky, Maryland, New York, Ohio and Virginia).

Buckeye Captains
Seniors Diana Albrecht and Maggie Kathman were named captains of the 2005 squad. Albrecht was a member of the first varsity eight, which earned Big Ten Boat of the Week accolades four consecutive weeks last year and remained undefeated in regular season action.

In 2004, Kathman helped guide the second varsity eight to a fourth-place finish at the 2004 Big Ten Championships. Both captains earned accolades as OSU Scholar-Athletes and Academic All-Big Ten honorees.

The Newcomers
The Buckeye recruiting class is a unique mixture of girls, who each bring different qualities to add to the success of Ohio State. Overall, 11 new rowers, four of which are true freshmen, look to contribute to the success of the Buckeyes this season. Four members of the rookie class are from Germany and Lithuania and all have competed at a high level in their native countries. The Buckeyes also add two athletes who previously swam for the Ohio State swim team (Rachel Helfrich and Ashley Routson).

The four new true freshmen consist of Gabrielle Albertaviciute, Andrea Dymalski, Simone Haubner and Christine Wulfert.

The team also adds five rowers and a coxswain from the novice program. They hope to bring experience and power to the team. The five rowers are Christy Alge, Guilia Benedetti, Jacquelyn Davis, Helfrich and Justine Lea Mahler. 2004’s first novice coxswain Susanne Wilson, also returns for her first varsity campaign.

Big Ten Notes
The 2005 season marks the sixth season of Big Ten Conference women’s rowing. Seven conference teams compete in women’s rowing: Indiana, Iowa, Michigan, Michigan State, Minnesota, Ohio State and Wisconsin.

The Big Ten has one new head coach this season. Matt Weise took over Michigan State’s program when BeBe Bryans left to take the position as head coach at Wisconsin.

Big Ten Rowing Championships
Indiana will play host to the sixth annual Big Ten Women’s Rowing Championships Saturday, April 30 at Lake Lemon in Bloomington, Ind.

Last spring, the No. 1 Buckeyes’ first varsity eight was upset by No. 10 Michigan by two seconds in the Grand Final.

Ohio State finished with 112 points, behind first-place Michigan (128) and second-place Wisconsin (115). The Wolverines clinched their second consecutive Big Ten title as they finished first in the first varsity eight final.

Ohio State is the only other school to win a Big Ten rowing crown as the Buckeyes were victorious in 2002.

Next Up for the Buckeyes
Ohio State will host its third regatta of the season against No. 14 USC and Indiana at 9 a.m. at Griggs Reservoir on the Scioto River in Columbus, Ohio.