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Oct. 20, 2002

Columbus, Ohio – The Ohio State rowing team incurred a ten second penalty for missing a buoy in the Women’s Championship Eights Division of the 38th Head of the Charles in Boston, Mass., placing them 12th out of 47 entries at the competition and tenth among collegiate entries. The Buckeyes finished at 17 minutes, 6.680 seconds, after the addition of the penalty. The penalty knocked the team back from a potential seventh-place finish and fifth among collegiate boats.

The United States rowing team won the competition (16:12.903), followed by the London Training Center (16:16.907) and Yale (16:34.458), who finished first out of all college teams. Ohio State also was beaten by Princeton, Stanford, Northeastern, California, Michigan, Radcliffe, Virginia and Boston University.

“We made some mistakes in our rowing and we made some mistakes in our steering and (12th) is where we ended up,” Andy Teitelbaum, Ohio State head coach, said. “You go into this race expecting to win, or at least be the first college boat (to finish), so it is disappointing, but if we had won, we wouldn’t be celebrating like it was the national championship and the fact that we didn’t win isn’t going to leave us too upset.”

The team was unable to best its 2001 performance, where the Buckeyes finished fourth overall and second among all college boats, behind only Princeton.

Ohio State rowing returns to the water for its final head race of the fall season Sunday Nov. 10 at the Rivanna Romp in Charlottesville, Va.

Head of the Charles Women’s Championship Eights Results Top 15 (of 47) US Rowing 16:12.903 London Training Center 16:16.907 Yale 16:34.458 Princeton 16:44.120 Stanford 16:53.116 Northeastern 16:55.930 California 17:00.453 Michigan 17:00.488 Radcliffe 17:01.796 Virginia 17:03.905 Boston 17:04.397 Ohio State 17:06.680 Wisconsin 17:08.509 Texas 17:19.802 Duke 17:25.531