COLUMBUS, Ohio – A dedicated Ohio State rowing team will not be traveling far for its first and only home regatta at 10 a.m. Sunday. The competition will take place at Griggs Reservoir in Columbus, Ohio, with the Buckeyes hosting three Top 10 teams in No. 10 Michigan, No. 7 Michigan State and No. 8 USC.

The Buckeyes returned from their third-consecutive road trip April 10 competing in a Big Ten Double Dual in Bloomington, Ind. The Buckeyes raced Michigan and Michigan State.

Boat-by-Boat Lineup vs. No. 10 Michigan, No. 7 Michigan State and No. 8 USC

*All lineups are from bow to stroke seat 
Ingrid Aasaaren
Katie Flarida
Emily Walsh
Emily Ralph
Erin Shropshire
Carolin Helmholz
Claudia Herpertz
Charlott Goldstein
Erika Benford (coxswain)

Jill Mohr
Tess Prescott
Claudia Schiwy
Ulrike Denker
Mandy Merritt
Sara Wallace
Lindsey Titus
Caroline McPherson
Kristin DiJosie (coxswain)

Stephanie Johnson
Kate Sweeney
Anniken Ellingsen
Ellen Heister
Samantha Getz (coxswain)

Ashley Dzurnak
Kara Shropshire
Katie Coons
Farrah Edwards
MacKenzie Pecor (coxswain)

The No. 8 USC Trojans posted wins over both Notre Dame and Clemson April 11. USC’s First and Second Varsity Eights and Varsity Four were all victorious. The Trojans went on to sweep Notre Dame.

When 10th-ranked Michigan took on Ohio State April 10, the Wolverines First Varsity Eight defeated the Buckeyes and Michigan went on to ultimately win three out of five races against Ohio State. Michigan also won all five of its races against the Indiana Hoosiers.

No. 7 Michigan State, who also raced against the Buckeyes April 10, won by a five point margin in a 36-31 victory Saturday. MSU also defeated the Hoosiers 44-25.

The weather in Columbus is predicted to be fairly pleasant for the Buckeyes’ first and only home regatta. Griggs Reservoir will see highs in the upper 50s.

The First Varsity Four and Second Varsity Eight stole the show in four stunning performances at the Big Ten Double Dual April 10 on Lake Lemon in Bloomington, Ind.

The regatta was split into morning and afternoon sessions. Ohio State’s Second and First Novice Eights warmed up the competition, completing their races in 7:38.3 and 7:26.9, respectively. Both boats fell just short to No. 10 Michigan. The Wolverines timed in at 7:32.5 and 7:11.9.

The Buckeyes’ Second Varsity Four took on Michigan State and Indiana, ultimately coming in second in 8:22.7 with a crew comprised of Katherine Tylinski, Kara Shropshire, Katie Coons, Farrah Edwards and MacKenzie Pecor. Coons, Edwards and Pecor were new to the 2V4 lineup this week.

The First Varsity Four of Stephanie Johnson, Kate Sweeney, Anniken Ellingsen, Ellen Heister and Samantha Getz raced to successfully beat Michigan in 8:03.8. The Wolverines timed in at 8:13.4.

The Second and First Varsity Eights consisted of a battle between the Buckeyes and Wolverines. Ohio State won the 2V8 race in 6:59.4, while Michigan prevailed in the 1V8 event in 6:53.0.The morning session came to a close with Ohio State and Michigan differing by only one point, 33-32.

The Second Novice Eight – Kelley Drew, Kaitlin Maloney, Samantha Autry, Eileen Gehlhausen, Jessica Danker, Sarah Brad, Elizabeth Trentman, Christine McMillan and Katie Daniel – started the afternoon session off with a bang, dominating Michigan State by 5.7 seconds (7:28.3-7:34.0).

The Buckeyes’ First Novice Eight of Elise Mayo, Colleen Krajewski, Jessica Breig, Sam Fowle, Caroline Farrar, Leslie Weist, Sarah Cornish, Allison Elber and Kyrsten French followed in a neck-and-neck dual with the Spartans. Michigan State timed in first in 7:16.2, while Ohio State trailed by a small margin in 7:17.3.

The First Varsity Four and Second Varsity Eight kept the energy high as they continued the Buckeyes’ streak of power. Both boats timed in over Michigan State in 7:51.2 and 6:55.1, respectively.

The Second Varsity Eight topped Michigan State by four-tenths of a second in a heated battle. The resilient group – Jill Mohr, Tess Prescott, Claudia Schiwy, Emily Ralph, Mandy Merritt, Caroline McPherson, Lindsey Titus, Charlott Goldstein and Kristin DiJosie – clocked in at 6:55.1, while The Spartans followed in 6:55.5.

Ingrid Aasaaren, Katie Flarida, Emily Walsh, Sara Wallace, Erin Shropshire, Carolin Helmholz, Claudia Herpertz, Ulrike Denker and Erika Benford of the First Varsity Eight came up just short to close the regatta, finishing in 6:52.2 behind Michigan State, which had a time of 6:39.3.The end result of the afternoon session placed Ohio State second behind Michigan State, 36-31.

10TV rose bright and early Tuesday morning to spotlight the Buckeyes at practice. The crew captured an average morning for the team at Griggs Reservoir preparing for its upcoming regatta. The piece will air Saturday at 12:30 p.m. on Channel 10.
Collegiate Rowing Coaches Association/US Rowing Rankings

The Second Varsity Eight defeated Michigan State April 10 by a mere four-tenths of a second (the smallest margin of victory this season). The rowers – Jill Mohr, Tess Prescott, Claudia Schiwy, Emily Ralph, Mandy Merritt, Caroline McPherson, Lindsey Titus, Charlott Goldstein and Kristin DiJosie – clocked in at 6:55.1, while The Spartans followed in 6:55.5.

A page has been created to inform the public of collegiate standings, scores, rankings and upcoming events. It also features videos and trivia for sports fans.

Ohio State will officially move into its new boathouse, The Griggs Reservoir Boathouse, around late fall/early winter, just in time for the 2011 rowing season.

The Buckeyes took a different approach when choosing team leaders this season. Instead of captains, Ohio State chose a contingent for its Leadership Group. Seniors Katie Flarida, Sara Wallace and Mandy Merritt, as well as junior Erika Benford and sophomore Claudia Herpertz make up this group.

The Collegiate Rowing Coaches Association/USRowing Rankings has a new format this year. Instead of individual First Varsity Eights receiving rankings, an entire team will earn a Top 20 standing based on its performance throughout the season.
The Buckeyes are 5th in the country in the current standings released Wednesday. 

Katie Beletskaya, Meghan Birkbeck and Claire-Louise Bode signed National Letters of Intent and will join the Ohio State rowing team for their freshmen season in the fall of 2010 head coach Andy Teitelbaum, announced.

Birkbeck hails from Absecon, N.J., where she rows for the Holy Spirit High School crew. Holy Spirit is the same alma mater of junior coxswain Kristin DiJosie. Birkbeck attended the U.S. junior team selection camp and raced at Club Nationals. She is also a swimmer, competing in the 100m breast.

“Meghan is exactly the type of athlete who does well at Ohio State,” Teitelbaum said. “She’s excited by the competitive nature of our program and possesses the natural attributes to be a great rower here.  She’s been a two-sport athlete throughout high school and we are looking forward to seeing how she develops when she trains as a rower year round.” 

Beletskaya, of Vineland, N.J., rows for Vineland High School. This past summer, she raced for the Atlantic Coast Rowing Club at the Independence Day Regatta in Philadelphia and Club Nationals in Oak Ridge, Tenn.

“Katie was tremendously impressive when we had her on campus this fall,” Teitelbaum said. “Her interest in our program and desire to be a part of the Ohio State environment really left an impression upon the staff and our athletes.  We’re excited to have someone with her athleticism included in our incoming class.”

Bode, a native of Johannesburg, South Africa, participated in the Junior World Championships for her country in which she successfully made the A final and came in fifth.

“Claire is already at a high level for a rower of her age,” Teitelbaum said. “Her finish in the coxless pair event at the Junior World championships is indicative of the caliber of athlete we have traditionally recruited to OSU.  As her strength and technique grow, we see her as continuing the long line of successful national team rowers who have improved while at Ohio State.”

In addition to their commitment to rowing practice and now competition, the Buckeyes had an enormous presence in the community during this past fall and winter. To name just few of Ohio State’s community service initiatives, it participated in the ‘Light The Night’ walk hosted by the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society, ‘Making Strides against Breast Cancer’ event coordinated by the American Cancer Society, Habitat for Humanity and Operation Buckeye.

The Buckeyes will see a break in action until Saturday, May 1 at the Big Ten Championships in East Lansing, Mich.