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Nov. 12, 2003

COLUMBUS, Ohio – The Ohio State rowing team will travel to Charlotesville, Va. Sunday to take part in the Rovanna Romp. Only the varsity squad will make the trip.

Events will consist of a eight, four and two boats competitions. Ohio State is entering three varsity 8 boats, three varsity 4 boats and four varsity two boats.

The Ohio State first varsity 8 won the Rivanna Romp the last two seasons and is looking for a third consecutive victory.

In addition to Ohio State, Buffalo, Cincinnati, Duke, Tennessee and Virginia on the campus of the University of Virginia. Racing begins at at 9 a.m.

Finishing up the Fall
The Rivanna Romp will mark the last of two head races in the Buckeyes’ 2003 fall season.

The team will continue to train and will reunite in December to make its annual trip to Florida.

The Buckeyes continue to develop strength and conditioning over the winter months and will be back on the water as soon as the weather allows.

The Buckeyes will be looking forward to the Spring 2004 season, where they will attempt to defend their regional title. The regular season kicks off March, 27 at the Princeton/Brown Regatta in Princeton, N.J.

2002 Rivanna Romp
Ohio State swept the varsity events at the Rivanna Romp last year. The Buckeye first varsity 8 took its second-consecutive Rivanna Romp title with a time of 13 minutes, 39.4 seconds, beating out Virginia’s first varsity 8 (13:40.5). Ohio State’s third 8 finished fifth (14:14.2), while the team’s second boat finsihed seventh (14:31.8).

The Buckeyes second varsity 4 was also victorious. The boat, made up of rowers from the team’s first 8, took the varsity 4 competition at 15:08.9. The boat was followed by Virginia’s first 4 (15:12.5) and the Ohio State first 4 (15:15.2), also made up of members of Ohio State’s first 8. Ohio State’s third 4 finished 11th with a time of 17:15.1.

In the novice competition, a pair of Buckeye boats filled with athletes rowing competitively for the first time took eighth and 11th in the novice race. The Buckeye first novice 8 finished at 16:35.4, while the second 8 finished with a time of 17:07.2. Double Dipping
Several members of the varsity 8 boats will be racing in the varsity 4 and 2 boats this weekend.

The Duals Success
The dual team’s started off their season with taking a impressive first place at the Speakmon Head Race. Ohio State entered five pair boats into the competition, whick took all five spots out of 11 boats. Four pair boats are entered in the Rivanna Romp this weekend.

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

The team now includes seven members from Germany (Diana Albrecht, Ninnet Kossowsky, Jana Schiller, Franzi Schubert, Suzi Wesenberg, Wilma Dressel, and Nora Oelbermann) and six other members from countries other than the U.S.

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

The Fall so Far
Ohio State began its fall season in impressive fashion winning the Speakmon Head Race in Columbus, Ohio. This is the only race the Buckeyes have entered so far this season.

Ohio State entered three varsity 8 boats which all finished in the top three. OSU B eight finished first at 16:17.4, OSU A eight fell just behind with a 16:25.11 finish and OSU C eight rounded out the top three at 16:55.36.

Ohio State also entered five pair boats into the competition, which took all Top 5 spots out of 11 boats.

2002-03 Spring Recap
The Buckeyes experienced a number of firsts in the 2002-03 season, including winning its first central/south regional championship and tied a number of program bests, including qualifying two of three boats for the Grand Finals and posting a fourth-place national finish in the first varsity 4 competition.

The highlight of the season was the team taking either gold or silver in all but one of the six boat championships at the regional regatta to win the central region championship.

The 2002-03 team once again was not short on accolades. Seniors Maxi Meissner and Karla Fiserova were named to the 2003 First Team All-America, all central region and All-Big Ten. Sophomore Franziska Schubert was named to the first team all-region, Natalie Legge was named to the second team all-conference and all-region, while Heather Feldmann was named to the second team all-conference squad. Head Coach Andy Teitelbaum received 2003 Central Region Coach of the Year accolades.

Newcomers
Ohio State has 18 new Buckeyes to add to the team this year. The newcomers are either freshmen or have moved up from the novice team.

Head Coach Andy Teitelbaum
Now in his ninth year the head of the Ohio State rowing program, Andy Teitelbaum has guided the Buckeyes to national prominence.

Teitelbaum led the Buckeyes to the Central Regionals, where the team placed first. The victory advanced them to the NCAA championships, where they took eighth. For his performance Teitelbaum recieved accolades in 2003 for Central Region Coach of the Year.

In 2002 Teitelbaum led the Buckeyes to their first Big Ten championship and was named the 2002 Big Ten Coach of the Year.

Before Teitelbaum began his career at Ohio State, he was the head coach for his alma mater Rutgers from 1988-1995.

Teitelbaum’s squad finished with a 33-15 record. He holds an impressive 251-114 overall record at Ohio State.

Next up for the Buckeyes
The Buckeyes will be away from the action for the next five months in preparation for the 2004 spring season where the team will look for its fifth-consecutive trip to the NCAA championship.