May 24, 2005

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Columbus, Ohio – The No. 3 Ohio State rowing team is set to compete at the 2005 NCAA Championships Friday through Sunday at CSUS Aquatic Center on Lake Natoma in Sacramento, Calif.

The championship is comprised of 12 teams from around the country, who were selected by the NCAA committee. Events will consist of the first and second varsity eight races, and the first varsity four.

Sacramento State is playing host to the three-day regatta, which will crown the 2005 NCAA Rowing Champions.

Live Updates
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NCAA Championship Seedings
The NCAA will announce the heat and lane assignments for the 2005 NCAA Championships Wednesday.

Ticket Information
Tickets for the 2005 NCAA Women’s Rowing Championships can be obtained through the Sacramento State Ticket Office (916-278-2222) and at the CSUS Aquatic Center throughout the competition.

Previous NCAA Appearances
This season marks the sixth-consecutive appearance Ohio State has made in the NCAA championships.

The Buckeyes’ highest finish was in 2001 when they placed fourth overall. Ohio State finished eighth in 2004 and 2003, fifth in 2002 and ninth in 2000.

In 1997, Ohio State’s second varsity four was selected as an at-large boat to compete at the NCAA championship. The boat finished second behind Connecticut College in the Petite Final.

Second Time Around
This year marks the second-consecutive season the Buckeyes will compete at the CSUS Aquatic Center on Lake Natoma in Sacramento, Calif. Ohio State placed eighth overall as a team at the 2004 NCAA Championships on Lake Natoma.

Csus Aquatic Center
The CSUS Aquatic Center will play host to its fourth NCAA championship in nine years. It previously hosted the 1997, 1999 and 2004 national regattas. The facility is considered one of the premier rowing sites in the country and is in conjunction with Nimbus Flats State Park. It is the established site of every major west coast championship for high school and collegiate rowing.

NCAA Championship Selections
The selection of teams and individual boats was based on eligibility and availability of student-athletes, regional championship results, regional rankings, late-season performance, head-to-head results, results against teams/boats already selected, results against common opponents, and results against regionally ranked teams/boats. One team from each region was selected and the remaining seven teams were selected at-large.

The teams include: No. 1 California, No. 2 Yale, No. 3 Ohio State, No. 4 Princeton, No. 5 Brown, No. 7 Virginia, No. 9 Harvard, No. 10 USC, No. 11 Wisconsin, No. 12 Michigan, No. 13 Washington and No. 14 Michigan State.

Big Ten vs. Ivy League
Of the 12 teams which comprise the field this season, four are Big Ten schools and four are from the Ivy League.

This year marks the second-consecutive time in Big Ten Conference history, and third overall, that four schools will represent the conference at the NCAA championships.

2004 NCAA Championships
Last season, Ohio State finished its season with an eighth-place finish, scoring 33 points overall at the 2004 NCAA Championships at the CSUS Aquatic Center in Sacramento, Calif.

The Buckeyes’ first varsity eight clinched a fifth-place national finish, while the first varsity four and second varsity eight garnered sixth and 12th, respectively. Brown won the team championship with 70 points, followed by Yale (58) and Michigan (52). Ohio State’s eighth-place team finish is the Buckeyes’ third best in the program history.

Making only their second appearance in the Grand Finals of the NCAA championships, OSU’s first varsity eight finished fifth. OSU finished with a time of 6:38.9, 1.2 seconds behind fourth-place Princeton. Brown came in first (6:32.9), followed by Yale (6:34.6) and Michigan (6:37.1).

The second varsity eight concluded its season with a 12th place national finish, taking sixth in the Petite Final. The Buckeyes finished at 6:55.1, just .7 seconds behind fifth-place Michigan State. Virginia won the Petite Final (6:48.8) and Wisconsin finished second (6:51.0).

The Buckeyes’ first varsity four wrapped up their season with a sixth-place national finish. OSU finished at 7:39.9, just .6 seconds behind fifth-place Cal.

All-Central Region Honors
The Collegiate Rowing Coaches Association named three Buckeyes to the 2005 All-Central Region First Team and one to the Second Team the CRCA announced May 20.

Seniors Diana Albrecht and Amanda Purcell and sophomore Annabelle Fago were named First Team All-Central Region, while junior Ninett Kossowsky was named to the second team.

The first-team accolades mark the second time for both Albrecht and Fago, who were 2004 All-Central Region recipients. This is Purcell’s first All-Central Region honor and Kossowsky’s first second-team All-Central Region honor.

OSU’s Last Time Out
Ohio State won the 2005 Aramark Central Region Championships to capture their third-consecutive regional title at Lake Melton in Oak Ridge, Tenn. Ohio State finished second overall after tallying 366 points, six points behind first place Virginia, who won the 2005 Aramark title. Three of the six boats finished first in their respective Grand Final to clinch regional championship titles.

The first varsity eight topped five boats in the Grand Final to finish first with a time of 6:27.50 and capture 189 points. Ohio State defeated No. 11 Tennessee (6:29.61), No. 9 Virginia (6:29.91), No. 14 Wisconsin (6:34.91), No. 7 Michigan (6:36.16) and No. 3 Michigan State (6:42.41).

The second varsity eight suffered its second loss of the season, by losing to Virginia by 0.82 seconds with a time of 6:34.12 in the Grand Final. Virginia is the only team to defeat Ohio State’s second varsity eight this season. OSU topped Michigan State (6:38.96), Michigan (6:39.17), Wisconsin (6:44.86) and Notre Dame (6:52.75).

The first varsity four took second place in the Petite Final with a time of 7:46.93 to finish eighth overall. Tennessee finished first in the Petite final with a time of 7:42.40.

The second varsity four won the Grand Final in the Open 4 category to win the regional championship title with a time of 7:38.90 topping six boats, including Wisconsin, Michigan, Virginia, Notre Dame, Texas and Iowa.

The first novice eight finished third in the Grand Final with a time of 7:09.38. The second novice eight took first in the Grand Final to win the regional championship title with a time of 7:21.60, topping Clemson (7:24.70), Virginia (7:28.80), Cincinnati (7:35.00) and Tennessee (7:45.90).

OSU Against Ranked Opponents
The Buckeyes’ first varsity eight is 14-2 this season against ranked opponents. Ohio State beat then-No.6 Virginia and then-No.17 Duke March 26 in Columbus, Ohio. The Buckeyes also defeated then-No. 6 Brown and then-No. 8 Michigan State and then-No. 12 USC at home. The only loss of the regular season was against then-No. 5 Michigan April 2 in Ann Arbor, Mich. At the Big Ten championships April 30 on Lake Lemon in Bloomington, Ind., the Buckeyes defeated four ranked teams including, then-No. 3 Michigan, then-No. 14 Wisconsin, then-No. 15 Minnesota and then No. 20 Iowa. Ohio State fell to then-No. 7 Michigan State, who claimed the Big Ten title.

At the South/Central Region championships May 14-15 in Oak Ridge, Tenn., the Buckeyes went 5-0 against ranked opponents. The first varsity eight topped then-No. 11 Tennessee, then-No. 9 Virginia, then-No. 14 Wisconsin, then-No. 7 Michigan and then-No. 3 Michigan State.

OSU vs. Big Ten
Ohio State topped five teams in the Big Ten at the regional championships, including then-No. 14 Wisconsin, then-No. 3 Michigan State, then-No. 7 Michigan twice and then-No. 15 Minnesota to take first place in the Grand Final.

Overall as a team, the Buckeyes finished second behind Michigan State at the Big Ten championships April 30 on Lake Lemon in Bloomington, Ind. Michigan State claimed the Big Ten title.

In regular season action the Buckeyes are 2-1 against Big Ten squads. Ohio State defeated Michigan State and Indiana, but fell to Michigan earlier this season.

OSU vs. Non-conference
During the regular season, the Buckeyes faced five non-conference teams, including Virginia, Duke, Brown, Rutgers and USC. All of the teams except Rutgers were nationally ranked squads. The Buckeyes were 5-0 against non-conference teams during the regular season. During the regional championships, OSU competed against then-No. 11 Tennessee and then-No. 9 Virginia, defeating both teams for the regional title.

Buckeyes at Home
The Buckeye’s first varsity eight boat went undefeated at home this season, claiming an 8-0 record at home. This is the second-consecutive season Ohio State posted an unbeaten record at home.

In the first home regatta, Ohio State defeated then-No.6 Virginia and then-No. 17 Duke on the Scioto River. The then-fifth-ranked Buckeye boat topped Duke by 16.4 seconds and edged Virginia by 4.7 seconds. The Buckeyes topped then-No. 6 Brown and Rutgers April 9 in the morning session. In the afternoon, OSU beat both then-No. 8 Michigan State and Rutgers with a time of 6:41.7, 3.4 seconds ahead of the Spartans and 22.9 seconds ahead of Rutgers.

In their final home regatta of the season the then-No. 4 Ohio State rowing team’s first varsity eight downed then-No. 12 USC and Indiana.

Teitelbaum Reaches 300th Win
Ohio State head coach Andy Teitelbaum reached his 300th win against then-No. 6 Brown, then-No. 8 Michigan State and Rutgers April 9. In his tenth season at the helm of the Buckeye program, Teitelbaum has posted a 302-120 record. He has lead his team to five consecutive NCAA appearances, three regional championship titles and was named regional coach of the year in 2003 and 2004.

2005 All-Big Ten Honors
Four Buckeye rowers earned All-Big Ten accolades, the conference announced April 30. Diana Albrecht and Annabelle Fago both members of the first varsity eight, earned All-Big Ten First Team honors.

This is the second consecutive year Albrecht has been named to the All-Big Ten First Team. Albrecht was a member of the First Team All-America and First Team All-Central Region last year. This is the first honor for Fago, who was the Big Ten Freshman of the Year last season. Fago also received Second Team All-America and First Team All-Central Region accolades last season.

Ninett Kossowsky and Amanda Purcell garnered All-Big Ten Second Team accolades. The selection is a first for Kossowsky and Purcell for their contribution to the first varsity eight.

Megan Gordon was also honored at the ceremony, receiving Big Ten Sportsmanship accolades.

Around the Globe
The team includes eight members from Germany (Diana Albrecht, Andrea Dymalski, Annabelle Fago, Simone Haubner, Ninett Kossowsky, Jana Schiller, Franziska Schubert, and Christine Wulfert) and three other members from countries other than the United States.

Overall, the team has representatives from five countries (Australia, Germany, Lithuania, Russia, and United States) and six states (Connecticut, Kentucky, Maryland, New York, Ohio and Virginia).

Buckeye Captains
Seniors Diana Albrecht and Maggie Kathman were named captains of the 2005 squad. Albrecht was a member of the first varsity eight, which earned Big Ten Boat of the Week accolades four consecutive weeks last year and remained undefeated in regular season action.

In 2004, Kathman helped guide the second varsity eight to a fourth-place finish at the 2004

Big Ten Championships. Both captains earned accolades as OSU Scholar-Athletes and Academic All-Big Ten honorees.