Up next, Ohio State hosts the 2009 Big Ten Championships, May 2

COLUMBUS, Ohio The Ohio State rowing team, including the eighth-ranked First Varsity Eight, will host a two regattas to close out its regular season on its home waters of the Scioto River at Griggs Reservoir, April 18-19.

The Buckeyes open the weekend Saturday against Oregon State and Bucknell and conclude their three-meet home stand on Sunday as they take on Washington State. Michigan and Michigan State also will travel down to compete. Action begins at 9 a.m. both days.

The No. 12 First Varsity Eight has been named the Big Ten Conference Boat of the Week for the second consecutive week after posting a perfect 3-0 record last Saturday.  The crew faced No. 8 Brown and Notre Dame in the morning session of Ohio State’s home opener. The Buckeyes crossed the line with a season-best time of 6:22.60, followed by Brown (6:28.67) and Notre Dame (6:31.54). During the afternoon session, Ohio State claimed a victory over Big Ten foe Indiana with a time of 6:22.90. Ohio State crossed the line just .30 seconds slower than its morning run, while Indiana came across at 6:40.63.The First Varsity Eight crew included Charlott Goldstein, Peta-Leigh Dakyns, Zuzanna Trzcinska, Susanne Herbrand, Katie Flarida, Claudia Herpertz, Ulrike Denker, Claudia Wurzel and coxswain Erika Benford.

The First Varsity Eight earned its first weekly laurel this season April 7.  The 16th-ranked 1V8 upset the seventh-ranked Virginia crew in the ACC/Big Ten Challenge April 4 at Lake Monticello, Va. The Buckeyes beat the Cavaliers by 1.9 seconds, crossing the finish line in 6:33.4, while Virginia finished in 6:35.3. The crew of Claudia Wurzel, Sara Wallace, Ingrid Aasaaren, Katie Flarida, Claudia Herpertz, Susanne Herbrand, Johnna Burns, Ulrike Denker and Erika Benford earned its first win of the 2009 season.

The Buckeye First Varsity Eight jumped another four spots to No. 8 with 322 points in the CRCA/USRowing Poll released April 15. Visiting Oregon State and Washington State are tied for 12th. Bucknell is receiving votes.

In the Big Ten, Michigan is fourth, followed by Michigan State in fifth. Wisconsin is No. 16, Iowa is No. 18 and Minnesota is No. 20.  

Ohio State opened its home season last Saturday highlighted by the first-place performances from the First Varsity Eight. The Buckeye 1V8 improved to 4-3 on the season with wins over Notre Dame, Brown and Indiana. The crew posted a season-best 6:22.60 in the morning session vs. Notre Dame and Brown, while crossing the line just .30 slower in the afternoon to garner the win over Indiana.

The Second Varsity Eight fell to Brown with a time of 6:27.26, but topped Notre Dame in the morning session. The afternoon race improved Ohio State’s record to 5-2 with a victory over Indiana. The 2V8 crossed the line with at 6:26.30.

The 1V4 fell to Brown but edged Notre Dame in the morning session with a time of 7:21.94. In the afternoon session Ohio State placed two boats on the Scioto River to finish first and second ahead of Indiana. Ohio State “A” finished at 7:18.80, with Ohio State “B” following at 7:25.38.

The Second Varsity Four race placed second behind Brown with a time of 7:45.49. The 2V4 crew moved into the First Varsity Four race for the afternoon session.

Ohio State and Notre Dame were the only competitors in the First Novice Eight race, where Ohio State delivered a winning time of 6:50.20, nearly nine seconds better than the Irish boat at 6:59.13. The Buckeyes crossed at 6:49.40 in the afternoon session to top Indiana.

In the Second Novice Eight morning session, Ohio State and Notre Dame were once again the only crews to take to the waters. Ohio State fell to the Fighting Irish with a time of 7:19.09. The crew improved its time in the afternoon session to 7:03.50, but fell to Big Ten foe Indiana.

The First Varsity Eight’s finish of 6:22.60 posted April 11 was a season-low time among Buckeye eights this season. The crew had posted a then season-best 6:33.40 against Virginia in the ACC/Big Ten Challenge one week earlier at Lake Monticello.

Oregon State opened its season at Victoria with wins from the 1V8, 2V8, 1V4 and 1N8. In the Beavers second week of action, they competed in a dual regatta vs. Gonzaga and claimed four of five races. Last week, Oregon State took part in the San Diego Crew Classic. Three Oregon State boats qualified for the grand finals including the 1V8, 2V8 and 1N8. Shining in the finals was the Beavers 1N8 which placed second against Pac-10 competition Washington, Washington State, USC and UCLA.

Washington State opened its spring season against Gonzaga with wins in each of the five races. The Cougars then traveled to the San Diego Crew Classic for their second weekend of action. Two boats qualified for the finals at the classic with the First Varsity Eight finishing sixth and the First Novice Eight finishing third. Last week, Washington State fell to Washington in each boat.

Last weekend, Bucknell competed against Princeton, Radcliffe and Cornell on Lake Carnegie. The Bison’s First Varsity Four and Second Varsity Four took first and third against Princeton’s lightweight four. Bucknell finished second in the varsity four, novice four and novice eight races. Prior to last week’s race, Bucknell opened its home season by sweeping five races from MIT and Robert Morris. The Bison defeated MIT in each of the three eights races, while they won over Robert Morris in both the 1V4 and 2V4.

The weekend weather at Griggs Reservoir on the Scioto River is looking favorable for Saturday with a high of 71 degrees under partly-cloudy skies. For Sunday, fans may want to bring rain gear with a forty percent chance of rain and a daytime high of 63 degrees.

April 18

 Regatta  Location
 Michigan State vs. Oregon State, Washington  Columbus, Ohio
 Michigan vs. Bucknell, Oregon State, Washington State  Columbus, Ohio
 Minnesota at Sacramaento Classic  Sacramento, Calif.
 Ohio State vs. Oregon State, Washington State  Columbus, Ohio
 Wisconsin at West Coast Challenge  Gold River, Calif.

April 19

 Michigan State vs. Ohio State, Oregon State, Washington State  Columbus, Ohio
 Michigan vs. Bucknell, Oregon State, Washington State  Columbus, Ohio
 Minnesota at Sacramaento Classic  Sacramento, Calif.
 Ohio State vs. Bucknell  Columbus, Ohio

During the offseason, members of the rowing team expressed their various reasons for attending Ohio State, as well as their favorite thing about the university that encourages everyone to “Do Something Great.” Check back to during the season to read about some of the favorite Buckeyes’ favorite things about The Ohio State University.

My Favorite thing about Ohio State:
“The best things about OSU are the traditions and the pride of the Buckeyes; especially on our team you can feel the team spirit.”
– Caroline McPherson

“I love the campus. There are tons of areas to study from the great libraries to the campus oval where you can study while working on your spandex tan!”
– Tess Prescott

Ohio State will serve as hosts of the 10th-annual Big Ten Conference Rowing Championships May 2. The event will take place at Griggs Reservoir on the Scioto River.

The 2003 championship was the first time the Buckeyes hosted the event. It was a close affair that year with Michigan and Michigan State finishing with an even 123 points apiece. However, Michigan was crowned the champion based on its First Varsity Eight finishing higher. Ohio State placed third with 107 points.

The Scarlet and Gray has won the Big Ten championships on two occasions 2002 and 2006. In 2002, the Buckeyes won by a then-record 14 points (138) over second-place Michigan in East Lansing, Mich.

 In 2006, the Buckeyes amassed 130 points, which outdistanced host Minnesota by nine points.  

The 2009 Buckeyes will attempt to take advantage of having “home course advantage” as they compete at Griggs Reservoir on the Scioto River in four regattas this season. Ohio State began its home slate against Big Ten Conference opponent Indiana, as well as Notre Dame and 2008 NCAA Champion Brown. The team caps off its homestand by hosting the 2009 Big Ten Championships.

The Buckeyes commenced the season with their annual trip out West at the Pac-10 Challenge Presented by Windermere Real Estate in Redwood City, Calif. Highlighting the event for the Scarlet and Gray was the Second Varsity Eight, which went 2-1 during the two-day event. The 2V8 crew defeated UCLA and Stanford on the first day of competition in a combined time of 37 seconds.

The Scarlet and Gray followed its opening-season weekend with a three-win weekend on Lake Monticello in Virginia April 4. Competing against Virginia in the annual ACC/Big Ten Challenge, the First and Second Varsity Eights, as well as the First Varsity Four garnered wins. Of particular note was the No. 16 Buckeye 1V8’s 1.9 second win over the seventh-ranked Cavaliers.  

In the home opener, the 1V8 improved to 4-3 on the season with wins over Notre Dame, Brown and Indiana. The crew posted a season-best 6:22.60 in the morning session vs. Notre Dame and Brown, while crossing the line just .30 slower in the afternoon to garner the win over Indiana.

Following this weekend’s meets, the Buckeyes will have a week break before hosting the Big Ten championships May 2. They will welcome the six other conference squads Indiana, Iowa, Michigan, Michigan State, Minnesota and Wisconsin to Columbus for the 10th-annual event.

The postseason continues with the Central/South Region Sprints May 16-17 in Oak Ridge, Tenn. Ohio State will seek its sixth regional title in seven years in 2009. The Buckeyes then will look to be one of 12 teams invited to the NCAA championships May 29-31 in Camden, N.J.

The Buckeyes will take a week off before hosting the Big Ten Championships at Griggs Reservoir, May 2.