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May 16, 2004

Columbus, Ohio – The fifth-ranked Ohio State rowing team tallied 391 points overall to win the 2004 Central Regional Championships on the final day of competition at Lake Melton in Oak Ridge, Tenn. Ohio State finished second in the overall standings 15 points behind first place Virginia, who won the south region and 2004 Lexus Cup title.

The Buckeyes’ strong performance in the regional regatta makes them a contender for the 2004 NCAA Championships May 28-30 in Sacramento, Calif. OSU awaits its fifth-consecutive bid to the national championships, which will be released Tuesday.

“I am extremely proud of the team,” Andy Teitelbaum, Ohio State head coach, said. “It was definitely a rebound from the Big Ten championship. All the boats really stepped up and were able to come through with a win.”

The first varsity eight was able to clinch the only victory of the day, finishing in a time of 6:34.8. The varsity eight boat defeated Virginia (6:37.3), Michigan (6:39.3), Tennessee (6:42.9), Wisconsin (6:43.5) and Texas (6:43.8). All of the boats in the Grand Final were ranked in the Top 20. The first varsity eight garnered Ohio State’s regional title as it tallied 207 points for the team’s overall points.

The second varsity eight placed fifth in the Grand Final with a time of 6:51.6. The boat was defeated by Virginia (6:44.5), Michigan (6:49.5), Michigan State (6:50.6) and Wisconsin (6:50.9).

The first varsity four took third place in the Grand Final with a time of 7:38.4. Virginia finished first with a time of 7:33.1 and Wisconsin followed in second place with a time of 7:37.0.

The second varsity four struggled in the Open Four Grand Final taking fifth place with a time of 7:53.2. Michigan won the race with a time of 7:42.8.

The first novice eight finished second in the Grand Final in 7:09.4. The boat was defeated by Kansas, who finished the race 4.1 seconds ahead of OSU. The second novice took second place in the Grand Final with a time of 7:34.4, 18.3 seconds behind first place Wisconsin.

Lexus Central/South Region Sprints Team Standings

Overall Standings 1. Virginia (404) 2. Ohio State (391) 3. Wisconsin (363) 4. Michigan (362) 5. Michigan State (303) 6. Notre Dame (295) Tennessee (295) 8. Minnesota (264) 9. Texas (252) 10. Iowa (209) 11. Duke (207) 12. Kansas (189) 13. Miami (Fla.) (175) 14. Clemson (149) 15. Indiana (126) 16. Central Florida (118) 17. Cincinnati (111) Louisville (111) 19. Kansas State (110) 20. Eastern Michigan (95) 21. North Carolina (70) 22. SMU (54) 23. Murray State (9)

Central Region 1. Ohio State (391) 2. Wisconsin (363) 3. Michigan (362) 4. Michigan State (303) 5. Notre Dame (295) 6. Minnesota (264) 7. Iowa (207) 8. Kansas (189) 9. Indiana (126) 10. Cincinnati (111) 11. Kansas State (110) 12. Eastern Michigan (95) 13. Murray State (9)

South Region 1. Virginia (404) 2. Tennessee (295) 3. Texas (252) 4. Duke (207) 5. Miami (Fla.) (175) 6. Clemson (149) 7. Central Florida (118) 8. Louisville (111) 9. North Carolina (70) 10. SMU (54)

Lexus Central/South Region Sprints Results 1st Varsity 8+ Grand Final 1. Ohio State 6:34.8 2. Virginia 6:37.3 3. Michigan 6:39.3 4. Tennessee 6:42.9 5. Wisconsin 6:43.5 6. Texas 6:43.8

2nd Varsity 8+ Grand Final 1. Virginia 6:44.5 2. Michigan 6:49.5 3. Michigan State 6:50.6 4. Wisconsin 6:50.9 5. Ohio State 6:51.6 6. Minnesota 6:58.8

Varsity 4+ Grand Final 1. Virginia 7:33.1 2. Wisconsin 7:37.0 3. Ohio State 7:38.4 4. Clemson 7:39.3 5. Notre Dame 7:44.5 6. Michigan 7:45.3

Novice 8+ Grand Final 1. Kansas 7:05.3 2. Ohio State 7:09.4 3. Clemson 7:09.7 4. Wisconsin 7:10.8 5. Miami 7:16.0 6. Notre Dame 7:20.7

Open 4+ Grand Final 1. Michigan 7:42.8 2. Virginia 7:45.9 3. Wisconsin 7:48.5 4. Notre Dame 7:50.2 5. Ohio State 7:53.2 6. Clemson 8:08.0

2nd Novice 8+ Grand Final 1. Wisconsin 7:16.1 2. Ohio State 7:34.4 3. Virginia 7:43.2