April 1, 2006


COLUMBUS, Ohio – The seventh-ranked Ohio State rowing team won a total of six events en route to defeating No. 3 Virginia, No. 13 Michigan State and Duke at the ACC/Big Ten Duals Saturday at Griggs Reservoir on the Scioto River in Columbus, Ohio. The Buckeyes topped Virginia in all three NCAA events (first varsity four and first and second varsity eight) for the first time in school history and won all four varsity eight races. Overall, OSU was 11-4 on the day.

Ohio State opened the regatta against Virginia in the morning duals and faced Michigan State and Duke in the afternoon session. No. 12 Michigan also participated in the event.

“This was a great day for Ohio State filled with great rowing,” Andy Teitelbaum, OSU head coach, said. “All the varsity races were hot contests. We were fortunate to come out on top. I am really proud of the team. Last week we did not get off to a great start, but we stepped up today and answered the call.”

The first varsity eight of Simone Haubner (So., Leipzig, Germany), Susanne Herbrand (Fr., Magdeburg, Germany), Ninett Kossowsky (Sr., Leipzig, Germany), Beth Tompkins (Sr., Westerville, Ohio), Gabriele Albertaviciute (So., Vilnius, Lithuania), Jessica Shepherd (Jr., Richmond, Ohio), Annabelle Fago (Jr., Geissen, Germany), Charlott Goldstein (Fr., Berlin, Germany) and coxswain Sarah Obee (Sr., Toledo, Ohio) won their first race with a time of 6:36.80, edging Virginia by 1.64 seconds. The Buckeyes won another tight race in the second session, finishing with a time of 6:34.20 to Michigan State’s 6:34.59. Duke placed third at 6:43.63.

The second varsity eight, which included Lavinia Tinelli (Fr., Rome, Italy), Andrea Dymalski (So., Bremen, Germany), Olga Grigorieva (Sr., Moscow, Russia), Mary Sheehan (Jr., Johnstown, Pa.) Justine Mahler (Jr., Cincinnati, Ohio), Zuzanna Trzcinska (Fr., Ilawa, Poland), Katie Poling (Sr., Elyria, Ohio), Briony Clare (Jr., Sydney, Australia) and coxswain Colleen Saville (Fr., Saratoga Springs, N.Y.), also was victorious in their races. OSU finished with a time of 6:38.60 to top the Cavaliers, who clocked in at 6:44.25. The Buckeyes won in the afternoon with 6:41.30. MSU finished second at 6:49.50, while Duke was third at 7:18.76.

The first varsity four of Mackenzie Hiltbrand (Jr., Upper Arlington, Ohio), Peta-Leigh Dakyns (Fr., Johannesburg, South Africa), Patricia Goodeman (Jr., Waterville, Ohio), Guilia Benedetti (Jr., Columbus, Ohio) and coxswain Susie Wilson (Jr., Fredericktown, Ohio) defeated Virginia and finished second in the afternoon race. Ohio State won in the morning, with a time of 7:39.90 to UVA’s 7:45.94. Michigan State topped the Buckeyes in the afternoon, taking first at 7:32.56. OSU was second (7:37.12) followed by the Blue Devils (8:04.33).

The second varsity four handedly won its second race after getting edged by Virginia in the morning. The boat, which included Angela Dean (Sr., Elizabeth City, N.C.), Susan Cohen (Sr., Milford, Conn.), Katie Ignasiak (Jr., Sylvania, Ohio), Katie Machingo (Sr., Cincinnati, Ohio) and coxswain Katie McFarland (So., Elyria, Ohio) took first with a time of 7:54.80. The Spartans were second at 8:13.41 and Duke finished third at 8:58.30. Earlier, the boat finished second (7:45.34) to Virginia’s `A’ squad (7:44.70). The Virginia `B’ clocked in at 7:59.33.

The first novice eight was the only novice team competing for Ohio State. The boat, consisting of Ashley Korfel, Jilliann Hoyt, Chrissy Durough, Anna Penland, Stephanie Boch, Allie Roberts, Angie Breece, Sara Crawford and coxswain Chelsea Smith, dropped both of their races. The Buckeyes clocked in at 7:30.60 to Virginia’s 7:04.10 in the first race. MSU then won with a time of 7:06.80 to OSU’s 7:37.57.

The Ohio State rowing team next welcomes No. 8 USC and No. 14Tennessee for a regatta April 8. Events begin at 9 a.m. at Griggs Reservoir.