April 13, 2006

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COLUMBUS, Ohio – The fifth-ranked Ohio State rowing team travels to Bloomington, Ind., to face Big Ten foe No. 18 Minnesota and No. 19 Oregon State Saturday in its final regular-season regatta of the 2006 schedule. The Buckeyes will compete in the first and second varsity eight, first and second varsity four and first novice eight events.

Ohio State’s boats compete againt the Beavers in the first and second varsity eight, first varsity four and first novice eight. The Buckeyes will race the Golden Gophers in all five boats. OSU will also face host school Indiana in its second varsity four races.

Back-to-Back Big Ten Boat of the Week
The fifth-ranked Ohio State rowing team garnered its second-consecutive conference honor when the Buckeyes’ second varsity eight was named Big Ten Boat of the Week, the conference announced Tuesday.

The second varsity eight boat of Lavinia Tinelli, Andrea Dymalski, Patricia Goodeman, Zuzanna Trzcinska, Katie Poling, Briony Clare, Justine Mahler, Olga Grigorieva and coxswain Sarah Obee extended its winning streak to four duals as the Buckeyes defeated Southern California and Tennessee April 8 at Griggs Reservoir. The Buckeyes topped USC in the morning race by more than eight seconds, clocking in at 6:31.30 while the Trojans finished at 6:39.32. In the afternoon, OSU won its second race with a time of 6:26.97 to Tennessee’s 6:32.37.

Ohio State’s first varsity eight boat was named Big Ten Boat of the Week for April 4. The Buckeyes upset No. 3 Virginia in their morning dual. In the second session of the day, OSU defeated both No. 13 Michigan State and Duke to conclude the event. Ohio State posted a time of 6:34.20, the best varsity eight time of the entire regatta.

Last Time Out: USC/Tennessee
The Ohio State rowing team won a total of seven races in duals with Southern California and Tennessee April 8 in their second-consecutive home regatta at Griggs Reservoir on the Scioto River in Columbus, Ohio. The Buckeyes were undefeated in their second varsity eight and first and second varsity four races. The fifth-ranked first varsity eight split its races. The Buckeyes were edged by No. 4 USC in the morning session before topping No. 17 Tennessee in the afternoon. The Ohio State novice boats fell in all three races against Michigan.

We’re Going Streaking
After struggling out of the gates with three losses at the season-opening Windermere Classic, the Ohio State second varsity eight boat has tallied a four-race win streak over the last two weekends. The 2V8 boat has won its last four races by at least five seconds, defeating Virginia, Michigan State, and Duke (April 1) and USC and Tennessee (April 8).

Spanning the Globe
The 2006 Ohio State rowing roster consists of student-athletes from around the world. The 35 members of the team are from eight countries, including the United States. Germany has the largest representation from outside the U.S. with eight rowers. There also are Buckeyes from Australia, Italy, Lithuania, Poland, Russia and South Africa.

The U.S. Buckeyes represent six different states. There are 16 Ohio natives, with athletes also from Connecticut, New York, North Carolina, Pennsylvania and Virginia.

Next up for the Buckeyes
Ohio State will compete for its second conference title with the Buckeyes travel to the Big Ten championships April 29. Minnesota is hosting the event at Lake Phalen in St. Paul, Minn.