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COLUMBUS, Ohio Pitting the top rowing squads from two of the top conferences in the nation, ninth-ranked Ohio State won six races as hosts of the 2008 Big Ten/ACC Duals Saturday at Griggs Reservoir in Columbus, Ohio. No. 10 Michigan joined the Buckeyes in the Big Ten, while third-ranked Virginia and Duke represented the ACC.

Racing against chilly conditions during the morning session, the Buckeyes picked up wins in the Second Varsity Four and Eight races against the Cavaliers. With rising temperatures at around 60 degrees heading into the second session, the Scarlet and Gray was able to gain four more wins against the Blue Devils from the First and Second Varsity Four and Eight squads.

The Buckeye First Varsity Eight, comprised of Claudia Wurzel, Katie Flarida,Anniken Ellingsen, Zuzanna Trzcinska, Patricia Goodeman, Susanne Herbrand, Gabriele Albertaviciute, Charlott Goldstein  and coxswain Erika Benford, opened its day against Virginia with an early one-seat lead on calm waters. However, the Cavaliers were able to pull back even with Ohio State and with 500-meters remaining, established a half-boat lead on the Scarlet and Gray. The Cavaliers crossed the finish line at 6:20.4, while the Buckeyes clocked in at 6:31.1.

In the afternoon races, the OSU 1V8 rebounded with a 13-second win over Duke. When the Buckeyes neared the first 500-meter mark, they were a boat-length ahead of the Blue Devils. Ohio State continued to build on its lead before finishing in a time of 6:24.9 and concluding the dual with a 1-1 record.

The Second Varsity Eight race between Ohio State and Virginia would prove to be a close contest as both boats went undefeated in the Pac-10 Challenge last weekend. The Cavaliers owned a slim half-seat lead at the start of the race, but the Buckeyes started to move even 500-meters into the course. Racing about 34 strokes a minute, Ohio State then gained a two-seat lead over Virginia. The Scarlet and Gray then increased the margin at the 800-meter point to a six-seat advantage. Although Virginia attempted to press forward with about 750-meters to go, Ohio State had established a boat length lead and eventually finished in 6:30.8, while Virginia crossed at 6:35.9.

The Second Varsity Eight, which consists of Simone Haubner, Cleonice Renzetti, Peta-Leigh Dakyns, Carolin Helmholz, Nora Franzen, Tess Prescott, Mary Sheehan, Sara Wallace and coxswain Kate Hanseman, remains undefeated on the season after defeating Duke in its afternoon race. The Buckeyes started the race with a comfortable margin and continued to push away at the 1,000-meter mark. Rowing clean and aggressively, Ohio State finished at 6:33.5, while the Blue Devils crossed behind 6:56.6, giving the Scarlet and Gray the perfect day.

The Buckeye crew of Ashley Korfel, Andrea Dymalski, Caroline McPherson, Farrah Edwards and coxswain Kristin DiJosie of the First Varsity Four, started the day strong, rowing 32 strokes-per-minute, but the Cavaliers were able to develop a 35-stroke per minute motion, giving them a two-seat lead 100-meters into the race. Ohio State tried to pull even with Virginia, but fell several seats behind and finished with a time of 7:25.5 after Virginia’s time of 7:19.8.

The First Varsity Four concluded the Big Ten/ACC Duals with a victory over the Blue Devils. Ohio State developed a boat-length lead over Duke at the first 500-meters. The Buckeyes held the lead to the finish line with a time of 7:23.2, while Duke clocked in at 7:47. 

The race between Ohio State and Virginia’s Second Varsity Four proved to be close until the end. Sprinting down the last 500-meters, Ohio State owned a one-seat lead and was able to finish the race four-tenths of a second ahead of Virginia with a time of 7:21.6. The Cavaliers clocked in at 7:22.0.

The Second Varsity Four of Ingrid Aasaaren, Sara Reardon, Erin Shropshire, Jackie Ruetenik and coxswain Samantha Getz, raced Virginia’s Third Varsity Four boat in the afternoon. Ohio State developed a comfortable margin early in the race and did not let up. The oars of the Second Varsity Eight sliced through the steady waters of the Scioto River to help the Buckeyes defeat the Cavaliers with a time of 7:26.2, while Virginia came in second at 7:38.8.

Ohio State also raced two novice boats in both sessions. The Buckeyes’ First Novice Eight came in third behind Virginia and Michigan with a time of 7:04.1. The Second Novice Eight finished four-seconds behind Virginia, while defeating Michigan by 17.6 seconds.

The First and Second Novice Eights competed against Virginia and Michigan again in the afternoon races. Both boats came in third, with Virginia winning each race.

Up next, the Buckeyes will host Bucknell, No. 10 Michigan and No. 7 Tennessee at noon April 12 at Griggs Reservoir.

2008 Big Ten/ACC Double Duals
Hosted by Ohio State
April 5, 2008
Griggs Reservoir
Columbus, Ohio

Morning Session (Start time 9 a.m. ET)

Second Novice Eight
1. Virginia: Not Available*
2. Ohio State: +4.3
3. Michigan: +17.6
*Official finish times were not recorded

First Novice Eight
1. Virginia 6:59.9
2. Michigan 7:03.7
3. Ohio State 7:04.1

Second Varsity Four
1. Ohio State 7:21.6
2. Virginia 7:22.0

First Varsity Four
1. Virginia 7:19.8
2. Ohio State 7:25.5

Second Varsity Eight
1. Ohio State 6:30.8
2. Virginia 6:35.9

First Varsity Eight
1. Virginia 6:20.4
2. Ohio State 6:31.1

Afternoon Session (Start time 1 p.m. ET)

Second Novice Eight
1. Virginia 6:56.2
2. Michigan 7:06
3. Ohio State 7:06.2

First Novice Eight
1. Virginia 6:56.9
2. Michigan 7:00.1
3. Ohio State 7:03

Second Varsity Four
1. Ohio State 7:26.2
2. Virginia (Third Varsity) 7:38.8

First Varsity Four
1. Ohio State   7:23.2
2. Duke 7:47

Second Varsity Eight
1. Ohio State 6:33.5
2. Duke 6:56.6

First Varsity Eight
1. Ohio State 6:24.9
2. Duke 6:38.3