April 16, 2005

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COLUMBUS, Ohio – The No. 4 Ohio State rowing team’s first varsity eight downed No. 12 USC and Indiana Saturday at Griggs Reservoir on the Scioto River in Columbus, Ohio.

Overall, Ohio State’s varsity squad finished the day 7-1 and the novice team went 4-2. Ohio State led all five teams posting an 11-3 record, on the day. USC ended the day 4-2, Minnesota went 6-8 and Indiana finished 1-9.

“A lot of credit goes to USC,” Andy Teitelbaum, Ohio State rowing head coach, said. “They put a lot of pressure on us in all three races. We were lucky to be able to handle it and win. It’s nice to see Indiana getting better and Minnesota racing well; it looks good for the Big Ten. Now it is time to wind up and get ready for the championship regattas, because that is when everything is going to get a lot tighter.”

The first varsity eight posted a perfect 2-0 record, to finish the season undefeated at home. The fourth-ranked Buckeye boat defeated No. 12 USC with a time of 7:01.4, while the Trojans posted a time of 7:08.1in the morning session. OSU topped Indiana with a time of 6:59.6, while the Hoosiers ended the race in 7:18.6.

Ohio State’s second varsity eight went 2-0 overall on the day. The Buckeyes defeated USC in the morning race. OSU completed the race in 7:17.1 and USC followed with a time of 7:22.5. The second varsity eight topped Indiana in the afternoon with a time of 7:12.7, 17.2 seconds ahead of the Hoosiers.

The Buckeye’s first varsity four fell 8.5 seconds behind USC to finish with a time of 8:06.4 in the morning. In the afternoon, the first varsity four topped Indiana by 27.3 seconds, with a time of 8:17.8.

The second varsity four topped Minnesota by 24.1 seconds with a time of 8:24.3 in the morning session. The Buckeyes defeated Minnesota again in the afternoon by 21.3 seconds with a time of 8:19.8 to finish 2-0 on the day.

The first novice eight went 2-2. In the morning, the Buckeye first novice eight lost to Minnesota, but defeated Indiana with a time of 7:50.8. In the afternoon, Ohio State finished second with a time of 7:44.2, 6.8 seconds behind Minnesota and 17.8 seconds ahead of Indiana.

OSU’s second novice eight went 2-0 overall. The Buckeyes edged Minnesota in the morning by 22.6 seconds with a time of 7:54.4. Ohio State defeated Minnesota again in the afternoon session by 6.4 seconds with a time of 7:54.1.

Ohio State has a weekend off before traveling to the 2005 Big Ten Championships April 30 on Lake Lemon in Bloomington, Ind., where the Buckeyes will vie for their second conference title.