May 12, 1999

COLUMBUS, Ohio – The 17th-ranked womens crew%^$team returns to action Saturday, May 15 at the Lexus Cup/Central Region%^$Rowing Championships on Melton Hill Lake in Oak Ridge, Tenn. The Buckeyes%^$finished second overall last year with 56.5 points, behind champion%^$Virginias mark of 62.%^$

%^$ The No.2 Virginia crew will be competing again this year along with No.%^$5 Michigan,No. 8 Michigan State, No. 9 Wisconsin, and No. 18 North Carolina.%^$Overall, 33 crews will compete at Oak Ridge.%^$

%^$ Last year, the Buckeyes Varsity 8 boat finished sixth, the 2nd Varstiy%^$8 finished third, and the Varsity 4 boat finished seventh in the%^$semifinals. The Novice boats both fared well; the 1st Novice 8 finished%^$second while the 2nd Novice boat won their event.%^$

%^$ The Buckeyes are coming off a strong showing at the Midwest Rowing%^$Championships, where they were one of just three teams to send all five%^$boats to the grand finals.%^$

%^$ The semifinal races will begin at 9 a.m. followed by the grand finals at%^$1 p.m.%^$


-Go Bucks!-