May 24, 2001
GAINESVILLE, Ga. – The Ohio State women’s rowing team finished the morning session of Day One at the 2001 NCAA Women’s Rowing Championships still in contention to send a boat to the Grand Finals in each of the three events – the first and second varsity eights and the varisty four.
While all teams are still technically eligible to advance, Andy Teitelbaum, OSU head coach, is confident his squad can improve on a solid showing this morning, giving each boat a chance to advance through the repechage rounds into the Grand Finals.
“In all three boats, we’re in the middle of the field, especially in the second varsity and the fours, which shows we’re battling,” Teitelbaum said. “We would have liked to see the First Varsity not have to row in the repechage, but they have a chance to advance and represent us extremely well.”
The championships, co-hosted by the University of Central Florida and the Lake Lanier Rowing Club at Lake Lanier in Gainesville, Ga., site of the 1996 Olympic rowing competitions, resume this afternoon with repechage heats at 4 p.m. and 4:20 p.m. in the first varsity eight event.
Rowing in heat three in the first varsity eight event, the Buckeyes finished fourth out of six boats in their heat with a time of 6:36.2. Brown (6:26.8) and Princeton (6:31.7) finished first and second, respectively, and automatically advance to the semifinals. Other automatic qualifiers were Washington (6:19.1) and Southern California (6:19.1) in the first heat and Michigan (6:28.1) and Syracuse (6:31.2) in the second heat.
The Buckeyes and other non-qualifying teams return to Lake Lanier this afternoon for the two repechage heats. OSU will go up against Wesleyan, Williams College, Harvard, California, Virginia and Ithaca at 4 p.m. Western Washington, Rutgers, Iowa, Yale and Michigan State will attempt to reach the next round in the other repechage. The top three teams in each repechage advance to the semifinals. OSU placed third in heat one of the second varsity eight, coming on late and nearly catching Harvard for an automatic bid to the finals. OSU finished with a time of 6:44.9, eight tenths of a second behind Harvard (6:44.1) Michigan won the heat (6:39.3) to advance to the semifinals. Brown (6:40.6) and Washington (6:41.3) advanced from the second heat.
At 10:20 a.m. Friday the second varsity eight will row in a repechage event. The top two finishers advance directly to the Grand Final and the remaining teams will compete in a Petite Final.
The Varsity Four finished third in its heat (7:31.7). Brown (7:26.9) and Washington (7:29.0) advanced to the finals. Michigan (7:31.3) and Iowa (7:33.0) advanced from the other heat.
The Varisty Four repechage will be held at 10 a.m. Friday. Like in the second varsity eight, the top two finishers from each heat qualify for the Grand Final and the remaining teams will compete in a Petite Final.
“We have a chance for all our boats to be in the Grand Finals, which is a big step for us,” Teitelbaum said. “It’s a lot different than last year.”