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May 15, 2004

The No. 5 Ohio State rowing team qualified all six boats at the 2004 South/Central Regional Championships during the preliminary and semifinal rounds Saturday at Lake Melton in Oak Ridge, Tenn. The strong first day performance was a step closer to qualifying the team for its fifth-consecutive NCAA championship.

“I am really pleased with the team,” Andy Teitelbaum, Ohio State head coach, said. “The races went well today, but tomorrow is the biggest day and we hope to be just as successful as we were on the water today.”

After placing first in the morning session, the first varsity eight continued their success into the afternoon, qualifying for the first varsity eight Grand Finals. Ohio State also placed first in the afternoon session with a time of 6:41.6. The boat defeated Virginia (6:44.5), Texas (6:47.5), Michigan State (6:50.0), Minnesota (6:53.5) and Kansas (7:12.3).

The second varsity eight placed first in Heat 2 of the morning session with a time of 6:56.2. The boat finished second in the afternoon race with a time of 7:07.8, just 0.1 seconds behind Minnesota, qualifying the boat for the Grand Finals.

The first varsity four had a strong morning finishing first in Heat 2 and continued their winning streak into the afternoon, placing first in the semifinals with a time of 7:53.9. The boat defeated Michigan (7:58.7), Notre Dame (8:00.1), Michigan State (8:04.3) and Tennessee (8:23.1).

The second varsity four took second place in Heat 2 of the Open Four morning session with a time of 7:52.5 to place in the Repechage 1 in the afternoon. The second varsity four took fourth place in the afternoon session to qualify the boat for the Grand Finals. Ohio State completed the race in 8:19.0. Virginia took first place at 7:59.5, Michigan took second at 8:05.7 and Clemson came in third at 8:12.7.

The first novice eight finished first in Heat 1 of the morning session at 7:19.6 to place the boat in the Semifinal A in the afternoon regatta. The boat placed second in the afternoon session with a time of 7:27.2, 4.1 seconds behind Kansas, qualifying them for the Grand Finals.

The finals session will begin Sunday morning at 9 a.m.

Race Results 2004 South/Central Regional Championships, Day 1. Preliminary Heats:

First Varsity Eight: Heat 2 1. Ohio State 6:42.1 2. Notre Dame 6:45.5 3. Minnesota 6:48.4 4. Indiana 6:54.6 5. Kansas State 7:01.8 6. Murray State 7:34.4

Second Varsity Eight: Heat 2 1. Ohio State 6:56.2 2. Michigan 7:00.7 3. Cincinnati 7:03.9 4. Tennessee 7:07.5 5. Central Florida 7:15.5 6. North Carolina 7:20.9

First Varsity Four: Heat 2 1. Ohio State 7:44.4 2. Clemson 7:48.3 3. Notre Dame 7:52.1 4. Central Florida 8:03.5 5. Iowa 8:12.1 6. Indiana 8:23.9

Open Four: Heat 2 1. Wisconsin 7:48.0 2. Ohio State 7:52.5 3. Iowa 8:20.7 4. Clemson 8:28.6

First Novice Eight: Heat 1 1. Ohio State 7:19.6 2. Wisconsin 7:23.2 3. North Carolina 7:32.6 4. Indiana 7:33.4 5. Central Florida 7:43.7

Semifinal/Repechage Heats: First Varsity Eight: Semifinal A/B 2 1. Ohio State 6:41.6 2. Virginia 6:44.5 3. Texas 6:47.5 4. Michigan State 6:50.0 5. Minnesota 6:53.5 6. Kansas 7:12.3

Second Varsity Eight: Semifinal A/B 2 1. Minnesota 7:07.7 2. Ohio State 7:07.8 3. Wisconsin 7:09.5 4. Iowa 7:20.1 5. Texas 7:23.0 6. Cincinnati 7:23.4

First Varsity Four: Semifinal B 1. Ohio State 7:53.9 2. Michigan 7:58.7 3. Notre Dame 8:00.1 4. Michigan State 8:04.3 5. Tennessee 8:23.1 6. Duke Scratch

Open Four: Repechage 1 1. Virginia 7:59.5 2. Michigan 8:05.7 3. Clemson 8:12.7 4. Ohio State 8:19.0 5. Iowa 8:30.7 6. Cincinnati 9:15.2

First Novice Eight: Semifinal A 1. Kansas 7:23.1 2. Ohio State 7:27.2 3. Miami 7:30.2 4. Tennessee 7:32.0 5. Cincinnati 7:48.4 6. North Carolina 7:54.9