May 13, 2004

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COLUMBUS, Ohio – The No. 5 Ohio State rowing team will compete in its second postseason regatta of the season when the team travels to Oak Ridge, Tenn., Saturday and Sunday for the 2004 Central/South Regional Championships.

Morning races will begin at 9 a.m. EDT with the second novice eight preliminary heats. The finals session starts at 4:00 p.m.

The Buckeyes’ first varsity eight and the first varsity four earned No. 2 seeds in their respective championships.

For race schedules, lane assignments, team information and live results during the 2004 Regional Championships visit

Ohio State slipped to No. 5 in the US Rowing/Collegiate Rowing Coaches Association poll released last Wednesday. Ohio State previously was ranked No. 1 for five consecutive weeks. OSU’s previous highest ranking was set in the 2002 season, when OSU was third twice during the campaign.

In 2003, Ohio State won just two of the six boat championships on the final day of competition, but racked up 76 points overall to win the 2003 Central Region Championship. The team also acquired the most points of any squad in either the south or central region to be declared the overall regatta champion and take home the Lexus Cup. The Buckeyes edged Virginia, who acquired 70 points, and Michigan, who finished with 67. The win ended the Wolverines’ streak of four-consecutive Lexus Cup wins.

The OSU first varsity eight took second in the race, but finished first among central region boats. Virginia took the central/south title, finishing in six minutes, 18.7 seconds, just .5 seconds ahead of the Buckeyes. Michigan took a close third, finishing in 6:20.7.

The Buckeye second varsity eight struggled in its Grand Final, taking fifth (6:35.5). Despite the finish, the gap between OSU and Iowa in third spanned just .6 seconds. Michigan State won the race, finishing in 6:31.6. The tight race gave the Buckeyes just 16 points for the race and 49 through two events.

Ohio State responded by winning the first varsity four regional championship and claiming the 12 points awarded for the title. The boat squeaked out the victory by just .4 seconds over Michigan (7:09.0).

So far this season, the Buckeyes have competed against four non-conference teams. In the first regatta of the regular season, Ohio State topped then-No. 3 Priceton and then-No. 1 Brown March 27 on Lake Carnegie in Princeton, N.J.

The first varsity eight posted its first victory of the year, outrunning the Princeton top boat by 4.63 seconds, finishing the race in 6:26.2 to Princeton’s 6:30.83 and Brown’s 6:32.80.

In OSU’s second non-conference regatta of the season the first varsity eight defeated then-No. 20 Duke and then-No. 6 Virginia April 12 on Lake Monticello in Charlottesville, Va. The first varsity eight posted its fourth and fifth victories of the year, as it defeated both Virginia and Duke. The Buckeyes edged Virginia by 4.9 seconds, finishing the race in 6:33.6. In the afternoon, Ohio State finished with a time of 6:38 compared to Duke’s time of 6:52.3.

This weekend the Buckeyes will look to impress the NCAA selection committee and earn their fifth consecutive bid to the NCAA championships. In order to recieve a bid, the team must have strong performances in the first varstiy eight, second varsity eight and first varsity four, which will be the three boats that compete in the NCAA regatta.

After the central regional championships Saturday and Sunday, the NCAA selection comittee will announce the 2004 teams selected to the NCAA tournament Tuesday, May 18. Twelve teams qualify for the championships, while four additional at-large bids are awarded to first varstiy eight boats.

Eight teams competing in the 2004 Regional Championship are ranked in the Top 20 in the Collegiate Rowing Coaches Association poll this week. The teams include: No. 3 Michigan, No. 5 Ohio State, No. 7 Virginia, No. 10 Wisconsin, No. 11 Michigan State, No. 13 Tennessee, No. 14 Notre Dame and No. 20 Texas.

Earlier this season, the Buckeyes earned the title of Big Ten Boat of the Week for four consecutive weeks. The Ohio State first varsity eight earned the accolade for posting a victory over then-No. 13 Wisconsin, Iowa and Minnesota April 17. The then-No. 1 Buckeyes also received the honor for upsetting then-No. 6 Virginia and then-No. 20 Duke April 12, then-No. 4 Michigan April 3 and then-No. 1 Brown and then-No. 3 Princeton March 27.

Following Big Ten racing, four Buckeyes were named to the All-Big Ten teams. Senior Tatiana Grigorieva (Moscow, Russia) and junior Diana Albrecht (Dresden, Germany) both received First Team All-Big Ten honors, while seniors Susi Wesenburg (Rostock, Germany) and Ashley Orr (Dublin, Ohio) were named to the second team.

Ohio State’s Annabelle Fago was named the 2004 Big Ten Rowing Freshman of the Year, the Giessen, Germany, native sat in the six and seven seats of OSU’s first varsity eight this season.

Fago is one of three freshmen in the Buckeyes’ top boat, which was ranked No. 1 nationally for five consecutive weeks this season. Fago was a member of the German National Team from 2000-02 and helped the squad to which silver medals at the 2000 and 2002 World Championships.

This award marks Fago’s first Big Ten honor and the second Big Ten Freshman of the Year accolade for the Buckeye program. Phaedra Giblin received the honor in 2000.

The Ohio State rowing team finished third overall at the 2004 Big Ten Championships May 1 in Iowa City, Iowa. Ohio State finished with 112 points, behind first-place Michigan (128) and second-place Wisconsin (115). The Wolverines clinched their second consecutive Big Ten title as they finished first in the first varsity eight final.

After placing first in the morning session, the first varsity eight fell by two seconds to Michigan in the final race of the day. Michigan finished with a time of 6:48.4 and Ohio State finished at 6:50.4.

The second varsity eight placed fourth overall with a time of 7:15.7 in the Grand Final. The boat was defeated by Michigan (7:01.3), Michigan State (7:02.4) and Wisconsin (7:10.2). The boat finished second in the morning with a time of 6:51.3.

The first varsity four had a strong morning finishing first in Heat 1 and continued their success into the afternoon, clinching the conference title in the Grand Final with a time of 7:44.5. The boat defeated Wisconsin by 1.2 seconds, Michigan State by 3.7 seconds and Michigan by 12.1 seconds.

The second varsity four took third place in Heat 1 of the morning session with a time of 7:58.5 to place in the Petite Final for the afternoon. The second varsity four took first place in the Petite Final to finish fifth overall. Ohio State completed the race in 8:05.2. Iowa came in second at 8:35.4 and Indiana followed at 8:48.6.

The first novice eight finished first in the Petite Final in the afternoon session with a time of 7:21.6 to finish fifth overall. The boat defeated Iowa by 2.5 seconds and Indiana by 6.6 seconds.

The second novice eight took fourth place in the Grand Final with a time of 7:20.4. The boat was defeated by Wisconsin (7:10.5), Minnesota (7:11.0) and Michigan State (7:16.3). The boat finished third in Heat 1 of the morning session with time of 7:34.4.

Ohio State ranks No. 5 in the Collegiate Rowing Coaches Association poll this week. Four of the seven Big Ten teams are ranked in the Top 15 – Michigan (3), Ohio State (5), Wisconsin (10) and Michigan State (11).

In the tradition of Ohio State rowing, the team once again sports a delegation from around the globe.

The team now includes seven members from Germany (Diana Albrecht, Ninnet Kossowsky, Annabelle Fago, Jana Schiller, Franzi Schubert, Suzi Wesenberg, Wilma Dressel, and Nora Oelbermann) and seven other rowers from countries other than the U.S.

Overall, the team has representatives from five countries (Australia, Germany, the Netherlands,

Russia and United States) and seven U.S. states (Connecticut, Kentucky, Maryland, New Jersey, New York, Ohio and Virginia).

To go along with the depth and experience of the returning rowers, the Buckeyes have added another stellar recruiting class as well as several members from the team’s novice program.

Overall, 13 new rowers, including six freshman, will look to contribute to the success of the Buckeyes this season. Five members of the recruiting class are from Germany and the Netherlands and have all competed on a national team that went to the world championships.

“The leadership is great this year,” Teitelbaum said. “The upcoming freshman class is fantastic and have been able to compete at the highest level.”

The five freshmen consist of Wilma Dressel, Annabelle Fago, Ellen Maas, Briony Clare and Merel Julia Steinweg.

The team also will add seven rowers from the novice program, who should bring experience and power to the team. The seven new rowers include Beth Tompkins, Sarah Obee, Susan Cohen, Katie Machingo, Sarah Mominee, Kathryn Poling and Kelsey Reider.

So far this season the Big Ten conference has become a dominant force in women’s rowing. For the fourth week in a row, three Big Ten teams are ranked among the nation’s Top 10 in the latest US Rowing/CRCA poll.

The 2004 season marks the fifth season of Big Ten Conference women’s rowing. Seven conference teams compete in women’s rowing: Indiana, Iowa, Michigan, Michigan State, Minnesota, Ohio State and Wisconsin.

The Big Ten has two new head coaches this season as Steve Pederson took over the Indiana program and Sue Ela returned on an interim basis to the helm at Wisconsin, a position she previously held for 18 years.

If the Buckeyes earn a bid to the 2004 NCAA Championships they will have a week off before traveling to Sacramento, Calif., May 28-30. OSU will make its fifth-consecutive appearance in the championships. Last season the team finished eighth overall.