COLUMBUS, Ohio – The ninth-ranked Ohio State rowing team will host the 2011 Big Ten Duals Saturday on the Scioto River at Griggs Reservoir. The two-session regatta will begin at 9 a.m., with the second half set to begin at 1 p.m. (Directions).

The Buckeyes will welcome Big Ten counterparts Indiana and Iowa. Bucknell, Louisville and Rhode Island also will participate.

2011 Big Ten Duals
April 9, 2011
Scioto River
Griggs Reservoir
Columbus, Ohio

First Session – 9 a.m.

  Lane 1 Lane 2  Lane 3
9 a.m. Iowa Indiana Ohio State 
9:10 a.m.  Indiana  Iowa   
9:20 a.m.  Louisville  Ohio State   
9:30 a.m.  Bucknell  Iowa   
9:40 a.m.  Louisville  Ohio State   
9:50 a.m.  Iowa  Rhode Island  Indiana 
10 a.m.  Ohio State  Bucknell  Louisville 
10:10 a.m.  Rhode Island  Indiana  Iowa 
10:20 a.m.  Bucknell  Louisville  Ohio State 
10:30 a.m.  Indiana  Iowa  Rhode Island 
10:40 a.m.  Louisville  Ohio State  Bucknell 

Second Session – 1 p.m.

  Lane 1 Lane 2 Lane 3
1 p.m. Ohio State Iowa Indiana 
1:10 p.m. Louisville Indiana  
1:20 p.m. Iowa Ohio State  
1:30 p.m. Louisville Bucknell  
1:40 p.m. Ohio State Iowa  
1:50 p.m. Bucknell Indiana Louisville
2 p.m. Ohio State Iowa Rhode Island
2:10 p.m. Louisville Bucknell Indiana
2:20 p.m. Iowa Rhode Island Ohio State
2:30 p.m. Indiana Louisville Bucknell
2:40 p.m. Rhode Island Ohio State Iowa

Ohio State Boat Lineup
: Kristin DiJosie
Ashley Dzurnak
Lindsey Titus
Emily Ralph
Katherine Tylinski

: MacKenzie Pecor
Jill Mohr
Kara Shropshire
Stephanie Johnson
Sarah Cornish

Cori Meinert
Tess Prescott
Ingrid Aasaaren
Samantha Fowle
Mandy Merritt
Caroline McPherson
Anniken Ellingsen
Kate Sweeney
Coxswain: Samantha Getz

Ellen Heister
Allison Elber
Claudia Schiwy
Ulrike Denker
Claudia Herpertz
Carolin Helmholz
Claire-Louise Bode
Emily Walsh
Coxswain: Erika Benford

In the Rankings
The Buckeyes dropped to ninth from No. 7 in the CRCA/USRowing Coaches Poll April 6. Despite a slow start vs. No. 2 Virginia, Ohio State rebounded nicely vs. then-No. 14 Clemson in the second session of the ACC/Big Ten Challenge April 3. The Scarlet and Gray won four races against the Tigers on the Scioto River at Griggs Reservoir in Columbus, Ohio.

CRCA/USRowing Coaches Poll (April 6)
Women’s NCAA Division I Rankings

Team (1st) Total Votes  Previous Week 
1. Princeton (24)  475 
2. Virginia  440 
3. USC  420 
4. California  419 
5. Stanford  403 
6. Brown  391 
7. Washington  312 
8. Michigan State  283  10 
9. Ohio State  264  7 
10t. Wisconsin  253  15 
10t. Yale  253 
12. Clemson  226  14 
13. Cornell  218  18 
14. Michigan  161  12 
15. Washington State  160  13 
16. UCLA  127  11 
17. Texas  112  16 
18. Harvard  105  20 
19. Pennsylvania  59  17 
20. Oklahoma   55  NR 

Big Ten Duals Format
The Big Ten Conference has set a specific scoring system for the Big Ten Duals that will take place this weekend on the Scioto River at Griggs Reservoir.

Scoring for Big Ten competition should be determined as follows:
*18 points for winning 1V8 boat; 9 points for second-place 1V8 boat
12 points for winning 2V8 boat; 6 points for second-place 2V8 boat
6 points for winning 1V4 boat; 3 points for second-place 1V4 boat
4 points for winning 2V4 boat; 2 points for second-place 2V4 boat
4 points for winning 1N8 boat; 2 points for second-place 1N8 boat
2 points for winning 2N8 boat; 1 point for second-place 2N8 boat

*The winner of the 1V8 boat shall serve as the tiebreaker.
**The following boats must be filled: 1V8, 2V8, 1V4, 2V4. There shall be no penalty assessed to a team that does not bring a 2N8 boat.
***If three of the four competitors bring 2N8 boats, scoring shall be done by comparing the head-to-head results with the two other teams.

First One There Wins
In its two wins in 2011, the Second Varsity Four has won its races by an average time of 17.8 seconds. A large part of that average has to do with the 28.9-second win over Clemson in the ACC/Big Ten Challenge April 3. Other two-win boats include the Second Varsity Eight and First Varsity Four. The 2V8 has an average win time of 10 seconds, while the 1V4 is winning by 6.3 seconds. 

Thank You!
The Ohio State Department of Athletics and the rowing team hosted the “Official” Griggs Reservoir Boathouse opening April 2. It was an opportunity for Buckeyes everywhere to thank those who worked tirelessly in the construction of the 5.2 million infrastructure.

In addition to comments by head coach Andy Teitelbaum and seniors Tess Prescott and Kristin DiJosie, Ohio State University President Dr. E. Gordon Gee also was in attendance.

For photos of the event, click HERE.

Team Meghan
The rowing Buckeyes are leading the charge for “Team Meghan” a fundraising campaign for fellow Buckeye Meghan Kinney, who lettered for the synchronized swimming team in 2009 and 2010. Kinney was diagnosed with Osteosarcoma in October of 2010 and the rowing team has activated a campaign to help the Kinney family off-set the costs of treatment.

Kinney was training for the 2012 London Olympics in Colorado Springs when she was diagnosed. She was coming off an impressive performance at the 2010 FINA World Cup in Shanghai, China, where she represented the United States with a fifth-place finish in duet with Ohio State teammate Michelle Theriault. Kinney soon returned to Columbus to begin treatment.

Fans of all Buckeye athletics will have an opportunity this spring to purchase “Team Meghan” wristbands with all funds donated directly to “Team Meghan.” FULL STORY

Team Meghan Ohio State Athletics Sporting Events
9th – Men’s Lacrosse
10th – Women’s Lacrosse
13th – Baseball
15th – Baseball
16th – Softball
17th – Softball
23rd – Men’s Track
23rd – Men’s Lacrosse
23rd – Football Spring Game
23rd – Football Spring Game
29th – Baseball
30th – Baseball

1st – Baseball
7th – Softball
8th – Softball
10th – Baseball
13th – Baseball
15th – Baseball

Did You Know?
The First and Second Varsity Eights have more than 400 wins each. Entering the 2011 campaign, the 1V8 owns a 468-208 mark (.692). The 2V8 is 417-171 (.709).

A Look Back
Despite challenges vs. No. 2 Virginia, the Buckeyes answered with four wins against then-No. 14 Clemson April 3 at the ACC/Big Ten Challenge on the Scioto River at Griggs Reservoir in Columbus, Ohio. The annual event routinely features the top rowing programs in the nation.

Although the water was choppy and the wind started to pick up, the Scarlet and Gray received wins from the Second Varsity Eight, First and Second Varsity Fours and the First Novice Eight (RECAP).

Look at Her Now
Former Buckeye and Ohio State Athletics Hall of Famer Connie Kirsch is in her third season as an assistant coach at Indiana. Kirsch, who lettered for the Buckeyes from 1999-2002, coaches the Hoosier Second Varsity Eight.

Kirsch helped the rowing team make Ohio State history by lifting the program to its first Big Ten championship in 2002. As part of the First Varsity Eight crew that won the Grand Final, Kirsch was named the Big Ten Co-Rower of the Year, the first in program history, because of her efforts. That same boat went on to win the Central Regional championship Grand Final. The Buckeyes followed their conference title with a then-program best fourth-place finish at the NCAA championships.

Kirsch’s individual accolades include earning first-team All-America honors in 2002 to complement her second-team laurels in 2000 and 2001. She also was a three-time first-team All-Big Ten and All-Central Region selection (2000, 2001 and 2002). Kirsch was an Academic All-Big Ten selection in 2001 and 2002, as well as a three-time Ohio State Scholar-Athlete.

Another Buckeye Doing Great Things
A Buckeye letterwinner from 2002-04, Liz Tuppen is the novice coach at Rhode Island. Tuppen joined the Rams last season after spending a combined six years as a student-athlete and assistant coach at Ohio State.

As a student-athlete, Tuppen and the Buckeyes finished fourth at the 2003 NCAA Championships.

Leadership Team
In place of the customary naming of team captains, the Buckeyes created a Leadership Group. The 2011 representatives are seniors Erika Benford, Caroline McPherson, Jill Mohr, junior Emily Walsh and sophomore Allison Elber.

Up Next
After hosting three consecutive regattas, the Buckeyes will hit the road April 16-17 for a regatta vs. Princeton and Yale in New Haven, Conn., and the Charles River Challenge in Boston, Mass.