COLUMBUS, Ohio – The 2010 season will officially begin at 10 a.m. Saturday when the No. 10 Ohio State rowing team races No. 5 Brown and No. 8 Princeton on Lake Carnegie in Princeton, N.J.

It is the first of three-consecutive road regattas for the Buckeyes, who will host their only home regatta April 18 on the Scioto River at Griggs Reservoir. For the complete 2010 schedule, click HERE. 

Boat-by-Boat Lineup
All lineups are from bow to stroke seat 
**Princeton and Brown are not racing Second Varsity Fours. Instead they will race a Fourth Varsity Eight (4V8), which for Ohio State will include the 2V4 plus four novices.

Ingrid Aasaaren (bow)
Ulrike Denker
Erin Shropshire
Carolin Helmholz
Emily Walsh
Emily Ralph
Claudia Herpertz
Sara Wallace (stroke)
Samantha Getz (coxswain)

Jill Mohr (bow)
Tess Prescott
Claudia Schiwy
Caroline McPherson
Mandy Merritt
Katie Flarida
Lindsey Titus
Charlott Goldstein (stroke)
Kristin DiJosie (coxswain)

Stephanie Johnson (bow)
Kate Sweeney
Anniken Ellingsen (stroke)
Ellen Heister (coxswain)

1N8 (which will be racing Brown and Princeton’s 3V8)
Elise Mayo (bow)
Colleen Krajewski
Jessica Breig
Sam Fowle
Caroline Farrar
Leslie Weist
Sarah Cornish
Allison Elber (stroke)
Kyrsten French (coxswain)

Katherine Tylinski (bow)
Jessica Danker
Kaitlin Maloney
Elizabeth Trentman
Sarah Brad
Kara Shropshire
Katie Coons
Farrah Edwards (stroke)
MacKenzie Pecor (coxswain)

The Buckeyes will compete for The Brown & Princeton Trophy this weekend and look to be the second -straight Big Ten team to bring the hardware to the Big Ten landscape. Last year, Michigan won The Brown & Princeton Trophy. 

Ohio State will officially move into its new boathouse, The Griggs Reservoir Boathouse, around late fall/early winter, just in time for the 2011 rowing season.

For photos of the early building stages of the boathouse, click HERE. 

The Buckeyes will host one home regatta on the Scioto River at Griggs Reservoir this season April 18. Ohio State will welcome Michigan, Michigan State and USC.

The Buckeyes took a different approach when choosing team leaders this season. Instead of captains, Ohio State chose a contingent for its Leadership Group. Seniors Katie Flarida, Sara Wallace and Mandy Merritt, as well as junior Erika Benford and sophomore Claudia Herpertz make up this group.

The Collegiate Rowing Coaches Association/USRowing Rankings will follow a new format this year. Instead of individual First Varsity Eights receiving rankings, an entire team will earn a Top 20 standing based on its performance throughout the season.

In the 2010 inaugural poll, the Buckeyes are 10th (tied) with 283 points. Six of the seven Big Ten teams have earned a Top 20 ranking – No. 7 Michigan State, No. 9 Michigan, No. 10 Ohio State, No. 13 Wisconsin, No. 18 Iowa, No. 19 Minnesota –  while Indiana is receiving votes.

Collegiate Rowing Coaches Association/USRowing Rankings
March 18, 2010

Team (1st-Place Votes) Points
1. Yale (6) 459
2. Stanford (16) 456
3t. California (1) 434
3t. Virginia (2) 434
5. Brown 391
6. Washington 349
7. Michigan State 341
8. Princeton 298
9. Michigan 293
10t. Ohio State 283
10t. USC 283
12. Clemson 251
13. Wisconsin 195
14. Harvard 167
15. Oregon State 134
16. Washington State 109
17. Dartmouth   95
18. Iowa 85
19t. Louisville 37
19t. Minnesota 37
19t. Tennessee  37

Receiving Votes: Pennsylvania 24, Notre Dame 19, UCLA 15, Northeastern 10, Boston University 4, Bucknell 2, Central Florida 2, Cornell 1, Syracuse 1, United States Naval Academy 1, Buffalo 1, Indiana 1, Texas 1.

As the spring season has approached, coaches from around the country will now have an opportunity to see if the fundamentals and strategies from the fall season will carry over. The Buckeyes competed in two exhibition regattas in October and November and one of the primary focuses was the novice team.

Chuck Rodosky, Ohio State assistant/novice coach, was pleased overall with the first years’ performances during the “fall season,” especially in a Nov. 15 regatta on the Buckeyes’ home waters, the Scioto River at Griggs Reservoir.
“This scrimmage fit the purpose of having the novices side-by-side with other schools, getting the experience they need,” Rodosky said. “They executed well and did what they were supposed to do. We were happy with their performance.”

Among the novices are Kelly Frecker, Kyrsten French and Allison Williams. The team competed against Dayton, Indiana and Michigan State.

“We wanted it to be a championship atmosphere,” Rodosky said. “It was great to have other schools participate and we had good weather.” 

Rodosky’s objective is to build a strong team from within, starting with the youngest rowers.

“One of our goals this year is to produce rowers who will support the squad,” Rodosky said. “I feel they have high potential.”

Katie Beletskaya, Meghan Birkbeck and Claire-Louise Bode signed National Letters of Intent and will join the Ohio State rowing team for their freshmen season in the fall of 2010 head coach Andy Teitelbaum, announced.

Birkbeck hails from Absecon, N.J., where she rows for the Holy Spirit High School crew. Holy Spirit is the same alma mater of junior coxswain Kristin DiJosie. Birkbeck attended the U.S. junior team selection camp and raced at Club Nationals. She is also a swimmer, competing in the 100m breast.

“Meghan is exactly the type of athlete who does well at Ohio State,” Teitelbaum said. “She’s excited by the competitive nature of our program and possesses the natural attributes to be a great rower here.  She’s been a two-sport athlete throughout high school and we are looking forward to seeing how she develops when she trains as a rower year round.” 

Beletskaya, of Vineland, N.J., rows for Vineland High School. This past summer, she raced for the Atlantic Coast Rowing Club at the Independence Day Regatta in Philadelphia and Club Nationals in Oak Ridge, Tenn.

“Katie was tremendously impressive when we had her on campus this fall,” Teitelbaum said. “Her interest in our program and desire to be a part of the Ohio State environment really left an impression upon the staff and our athletes.  We’re excited to have someone with her athleticism included in our incoming class.”

Bode, a native of Johannesburg, South Africa, participated in the Junior World Championships for her country in which she successfully made the A final and came in fifth.

“Claire is already at a high level for a rower of her age,” Teitelbaum said. “Her finish in the coxless pair event at the Junior World championships is indicative of the caliber of athlete we have traditionally recruited to OSU.  As her strength and technique grow, we see her as continuing the long line of successful national team rowers who have improved while at Ohio State.”

In addition to their commitment to rowing practice and now competition, the Buckeyes had an enormous presence in the community during this past fall and winter. To name just few of Ohio State’s community service initiatives, it participated in the ‘Light The Night’ walk hosted by the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society, ‘Making Strides against Breast Cancer’ event coordinated by the American Cancer Society, Habitat for Humanity and Operation Buckeye.

Junior coxswain Erika Benford was featured on the Big Ten Network this past summer and fall. In August, Benford, along with some of her student-athlete peers, taped a “Faces of the Big Ten” commercial. Benford also was featured in the network’s “Big Ten Short Stories” program. In the show, Benford discusses her mother and family’s battle with breast cancer and how that life experience influenced her many community service initiatives.

Click HERE to watch Benford’s “Faces of the Big Ten” commercial.  

Ohio State will travel to Charlottesville, Va., to race No. 3 Virginia and No. 12 Clemson April 3.