COLUMBUS, Ohio – A new and exciting season awaits the 13th-ranked Ohio State rowing team at noon Saturday when it hosts Big Ten Conference opponent and No. 11 Michigan on the Scioto River  in Columbus, Ohio. (Directions)

The season-opening regatta vs. the Wolverines marks the first of three consecutive home events for the Scarlet and Gray. Overall, Ohio State will host five regattas this spring.

Race Schedule vs. Michigan

2N8 Lane 1 Lane 2
12 p.m. Ohio State Michigan
12:15 p.m. Michigan Ohio State
12:30 p.m. Ohio State Michigan/Michigan (3rd Four)
12:45 p.m. Michigan Ohio State
1 p.m. Ohio State Michigan
1:15 p.m. Michigan Ohio State

Ohio State Probable Lineup
Katie King
Ellen Haas
Katy Cook
Lauren Eckles
Rixt Miedema
Brittney Wex
Lauren Franke
Sarah Corna
Coxswain: Megan Obrien

Brianna Sulenski
Marissa Davis
Katelyn Pagano
Ashley Pryor
Kate Cline
Taylor Urban
Charlene Jones
Michelle Voss
Coxswain: Natalie Pantalos

Katherine Tylinski
Ashley Dzurnak
Stephanie Johnson
Sarah Cornish
Coxswain: Kristin DiJosie

Jill Mohr
Emily Ralph
Lindsey Titus
Kara Shropshire
Coxswain: MacKenzie Pecor

Cori Meinert
Tess Prescott
Ingrid Aasaaren
Samantha Fowle
Mandy Merritt
Caroline McPherson
Anniken Ellingsen
Kate Sweeney
Coxswain: Samantha Getz

Ellen Heister
Allison Elber
Carolin Helmholz
Claudia Herpertz
Ulrike Denker
Claire-Louise Bode
Emily Walsh
Claudia Schiwy
Coxswain: Erika Benford

Among the Best
Ohio State was tabbed the 13th-best team in the country in the CRCA/USRowing Coaches Preseason Poll (March 16). The Buckeyes earned 193 votes and are one of four squads representing the Big Ten Conference in the Top 20 poll. Michigan State is eighth in the country, followed closely by Wisconsin and Michigan at Nos. 10 and 11, respectively.  

CRCA/USRowing Coaches Poll (Preseason, March 16)  
Women’s NCAA Division I Team Rankings
Team (1st-Place Votes) Total Votes
1. Virginia (18) 477
2. Princeton (5) 450
3. California (1) 440
4. Stanford 404
5. Brown 396
6. Yale (1) 369
7. Washington 316
8. Michigan State 314
9. USC 296
10. Wisconsin 289
11. Michigan 260
12. Washington State  202
13. Ohio State 193
14. UCLA 183
15. Clemson 150
16. Tennessee 125
17. Dartmouth College 91
18. Cornell 75
19. Harvard 43
20. Texas 27

Check Them Out
Ohio State will host five regattas on the Scioto River this spring. In addition to the races vs. Michigan Saturday, the Buckeyes will welcome Michigan, Virginia and Clemson for the ACC/Big Ten Challenge April 3.

One week later, a total of six teams in Ohio State, Bucknell, Rhode Island, Louisville, Indiana and Iowa will participate in a two-session regatta April 9.

April 23, the Buckeyes will host Michigan for the third time this season, while also welcoming Michigan State.

The regular season concludes the following day (April 24) with a dual race vs. Washington State.

For the complete 2011 schedule, click HERE.

It’s a Gem
It is no secret Ohio State will debut its new boathouse Saturday. The Scarlet and Gray will spend time in a $5.2 million infrastructure that will provide:

  • 80-person and 1,100 square-foot team room for team meetings and reviewing racing footage
  • A two-story gallery that runs down the middle of the main hall
  • 1,500 square-foot multipurpose room
  • Conference-room space
  • Workout space
  • 80 locker-rooms
  • Coaches’ offices
  • Equipment room
  • First-aid room
  • Balcony overlooking the park
  • Boat storage and dedicated boat repair shop for Ohio State, the Greater Columbus Rowing Association and Parks and Recreation
  • Overall increased storage

“I think the boathouse underscores the department’s support of women’s rowing and the level of importance the program has within the athletic department,” Andy Teitelbaum, head coach, said. “I think this boathouse will help the athletes feel that support on a daily basis.”

“I’m sure the boathouse is going to become a Columbus landmark because it’s going to be such a beautiful building and such a public venue,” Teitelbaum said. “Other people’s awareness of Ohio State rowing is going to go up. That’s a double-edge sword. It’s great to have people acknowledge the excellence the program has achieved in the past, but people are also going to be more aware of whether or not we’re living up to that standard. And it has already started. We need to live up to our history. In the past, we’ve been able to say ‘well, we’re rowing out of a pole barn,’ that’s all changing.” 

To view the video feature of the Griggs Reservoir Boathouse, click HERE.

What an Honor
Regarded as a “razor thin” vote for a place among the Top 5 finalists, the semifinalists and finalists’ selection for the Coach Wooden Citizen Cup was announced Dec. 3, 2010 and senior Erika Benford was named a semifinalist. The Dublin, Ohio, native just came up short of being selected to the final group.

Presented to a collegiate and professional athlete who “have made the greatest positive influence in the lives of others, the “Wooden Cup” is in its seventh year.  

“… the difference between the semifinalists and the finalists was razor thin and is usually the result of the judges being given a little more distinguishing information about one candidate or another than it is about the quality of the person being nominated,” Fred Northup, president of Athletes for a Better World, which oversees the “Wooden Cup,” said.

Benford has continuously spearheaded several community-service initiatives for the Buckeye rowing program as Chair of Community Service Projects.

“The community service I participate in and organize already gives me the utmost satisfaction that I feel like getting an award for it is crazy,” Benford said during the nomination process. “Our team is really the heart and force behind it all. Many of them are so eager and willing to volunteer for anything whenever I bring it up; it’s phenomenal. This nomination has already been a huge privilege and such an honor.”

To read more about the Buckeyes’ community service initiatives, click HERE.

2010 Summer Training Tour
It is no secret that to be the best, training has to nearly be a year-round undertaking for virtually any athlete. Many on this 2011 squad have taken their quest to lift Ohio State rowing even further to the top in the nation to heart and have engaged in some of the most elite training and development camps around the country.

“We have athletes who are rowing in organized programs during the summer and that is becoming more and more important for any collegiate rowing program,” Andy Teitelbaum, head coach, said. “If you’re going to be successful nationally, it is important for athletes to understand it’s a 50-week-a-year endeavor and not just a nine-month-a-year endeavor.”

Emily Walsh – U.S. Under-23 National Team Pre-Elite Camp hosted by the Vesper Boat Club in Philadelphia
Katie Coons and Stephanie Johnson – Penn Athletic Club in Philadelphia
Samantha Fowle – Boston Development Camp
Elise Mayo – Wisconsin Rowing Camp
Lindsey Titus – Potomac Boat Club
Emily Ralph – Detroit Boat Club

Did You Know?
MacKenzie Pecor, a senior who has served as coxswain of the Second Varsity Four during two seasons with the Buckeyes was part of the Trinity Academy of Irish Dance before her arrival to Columbus. The Milwaukee, Wis., native and the dance team finished second at the 2002 World Championships of Irish Dance in Glasgow, Scotland.  

Head Coach Andy Teitelbaum
Andy Teitelbaum has been the face of Ohio State rowing since its inception in 1995. As the Buckeyes’ first and only head coach, Teitelbaum has built a program that breeds the total student-athlete. His teams have attended 12 NCAA championships, including 11 consecutive from 2000-2010, won five-consecutive Central Region titles (2003-07), captured two Big Ten crowns (2002 and 2006) and has been a constant Top 20 fixture in the USRowing/CRCA polls. Also of note is his 16 Collegiate Rowing Coaches Association (CRCA) All- America honorees, as well as his 40 CRCA All-Central Region and 31 All-Big Ten recipients.

In the classroom, Buckeye rowers have thrived as well. Under Teitelbaum’s tutelage, the program has collected 33 CRCA National Scholar-Athletes and 242 Academic All-Big Ten and 556 Ohio State Scholar-Athlete selections.

With a glance at Teitelbaum’s Ohio State credentials one quickly notes the consistency he has brought to the program. With Ohio State’s 11-straight trips to the NCAA championships, it joins only three other programs in the nation in achieving such an impressive feat – Brown, Princeton and Washington.

To read more about Teitelbaum, click HERE.

See You Soon
In November, head coach Andy Teitelbaum announced Ashley Bauer, Anne Hockenberry, Leah Miller and Carolyn Schneller signed National Letters of Intent to row for the Buckeyes in 2012.

“The coaching staff and I are excited and thrilled these four young ladies will join the Buckeyes for the 2011-12 season,” Teitelbaum said. “Their enthusiasm for the program is what impressed us the most. We are confident they will be a great addition to our team and keep up the tradition and excellence of Ohio State rowing in the next four years. They will be a great fit for the school and the program.”

To read about the future Buckeyes, click HERE.

Up Next
The Buckeyes will welcome Michigan, Virginia and Clemson for the ACC/Big Ten Challenge April 3 on the Scioto River. The first session will begin at 9 a.m., with the second half of the regatta slated to begin at 1 p.m.