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May 28, 2005

SACRAMENTO, Calif. – The Ohio State rowing team set a program first by qualifying both the first and second varsity eights for the Grand Finals on the second day of racing at the 2005 NCAA Championships at CSUS Aquatic Center on Lake Natoma in Sacramento, Calif. The Buckeyes’ first varsity eight finished third in their semifinal heat to advance to the Grand Finals. The second varsity eight finished first in their repechage heat to advance to the Grand Finals. Both crews will be making their third appearance in the Grand Finals of the national regatta.

Ohio State’s first varsity four kicked off the Buckeye racing Saturday morning. The Buckeyes fell into fifth-place in the first 1000 meters, 11.3 seconds behind the leader Brown and was unable to overcome the deficit. OSU finished fifth with a time of 7:44.37. The Buckeyes were 4.41 seconds behind Yale and 7.01 ahead of Harvard. Brown won the race with a time of 7:27.21 and Wisconsin came in second at 7:30.45. The top two boats advance to the Grand Finals, while the remainder go the Petite Final. Ohio State will compete against Harvard, Yale, Michigan, Princeton and Michigan State in the Petite Finals at 10:30 a.m. (PDT) Sunday.

In the first 500 meters of the second varsity eight race, the Buckeyes jumped out taking the lead. Washington and Michigan State passed OSU at the 1000 meter mark. Ohio State made its move in the final 1500 meters to overtake Washington and move into second. The Buckeyes edged Michigan State by .24 seconds at the finish to clinch first with a time of 6:48.79 in Heat 2 of the repechages to advance to the Grand Finals Sunday. The top two boats advance to the Grand Finals, while the remainder go the Petite Final. Ohio State will compete against Michigan, Brown, Michigan State, Virginia and Cal in the Grand Finals at 11:15 a.m. (PDT) Sunday. Three Big Ten teams will be competing in the Grand Finals and vying for a national championship title.

In the first varsity eight semifinal Heat 1, Princeton took an early lead to finish first with a time of 6:35.77. At the 500 meter mark Ohio State was in fifth, 4.39 seconds behind the leader Princeton. The Buckeyes picked up their pace and edged into third in the final 500 meters. OSU finished third with a time of 6:39.67, .20 seconds behind second-place Yale and 1.73 seconds ahead of Brown. The top three teams in each semifinal heat advanced to the Grand Finals, while the remainder go to the Petite Final. The Buckeyes will compete against Princeton, Yale, Cal, Harvard and Virginia in the Grand Finals at noon (PDT) Sunday.

Two teams, Cal and Virginia, qualified for all three Grand Final events. Three teams (Cal, Virginia and Ohio State) qualified both their first and second eight boats in the Grand Finals. Two other teams, besides Ohio State qualified two boats in the grands – Washington (IIV8, IV4) and Brown (IIV8, IV4).

2005 NCAA Championships – Day 2 Saturday, May 28, 2005 CSUS Aquatic Center in Sacramento, Calif. Race Results

First Varsity Four – Heat 1 1. Brown 7:27.21 2. Wisconsin 7:30.45 3. Yale 7:39.96 4. Ohio State 7:44.37 5. Harvard 7:51.38 Top 2 to Grand Final; remainder to Petite Final

First Varsity Four – Heat 2 1. Cal 7:24.28 2. USC 7:27. 26 3. Michigan 7:29.97 4. Michigan State 7:32.89 5. Princeton 7:42.29 Top 2 to Grand Final; remainder to Petite Final

Second Varsity Eight – Heat 1 1. Brown 6:44.68 2. Michigan 6:46.86 3. Yale 6:46.87 4. Princeton 6:54.57 5. USC 6:59.26 Top 2 to Grand Final; remainder to Petite Final

Second Varsity Eight – Heat 2 1. Ohio State 6:48.79 2. Michigan State 6:49.03 3. Washington 6:56.24 4. Harvard 6:59.13 5. Wisconsin 7:02.23 Top 2 to Grand Final; remainder to Petite Final

First Varsity Eight – Heat 1 1. Princeton 6:35.77 2. Yale 6:39.47 3. Ohio State 6:39.67 4. Brown 6:41.40 5. Stanford 6:47.92 6. USC 6:52.38 Top 3 to Grand Final; remainder to Petite Final

First Varsity Eight – Heat 2 1. Cal 6:32.62 2. Harvard 6:38.33 3. Virginia 6:40.54 4. Michigan 6:45.56 5. Washington 6:45.73 6. Tennessee 6:49.72 Top 3 to Grand Final; remainder to Petite Final

Complete official results can be found online at www.jamcotimes.com.