COLUMBUS, Ohio For three-consecutive weekends, the Ohio State rowing team will compete on its home waters of the Scioto River at Griggs Reservoir beginning Saturday against Indiana, Notre Dame and Brown. Action begins at 9 a.m.

The First Varsity Eight was named the Big Ten Conference Boat of the Week the league announced Tuesday. It is the first weekly laurel for the Buckeyes this season.
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 time set by the Scarlet and Gray is a team best so far this season among eights and also was the best time among all eights in Virginia.

The honor for the First Varsity Eight is its first since earning back-to-back weekly conference accolades March 26 and April 2, 2007. Last season, the Ohio State Second Varsity Eight was named boat of the week April 9.

The First Varsity Eight moved up four spots to No. 12 with 237 points after its upset over then-No. 7 Virginia last weekend. The Brown 1V8 earned a No. 8 ranking.

In the Big Ten, Michigan is No. 4, with Michigan State not too far behind at No. 5. Wisconsin holds down the No. 9 spot and Minnesota is No. 18. 

Women’s NCAA Division I Varsity Eights
Team (1st-Place Votes) Points-Previous Week
1. Yale (19) 489-1
2. Stanford (6) 470-2
3. California 453-3
4. Michigan 427-6
5. Michigan State 385-5
6. Washington 383-4
7. Princeton 354-7t
8. Brown 303-9
9. Wisconsin 294-15
10. Harvard 252-10
11. USC 243-11
12. Ohio State 237-16
13. Virginia 206-7t
14. Oregon State 175-18
15. Washington State 147-12
16. Clemson 122-14
17. UCLA 118-13
18. Minnesota 92-17
19. Tennessee 39-19
20. Louisville  21-NR
Receiving Votes: Iowa 18, Boston University 10, Dartmouth College 6, Syracuse 3, Bucknell 2 and Pennsylvania 1.

The Buckeyes are coming off a three-win weekend at Lake Monticello in Virginia April 4. The First and Second Varsity Eights, as well as the First Varsity Four garnered wins. Highlighting the regatta was the Buckeye 1V8’s (1-3) upset over the seventh-ranked Cavalier 1V8. The 16th-ranked Ohio State crew of Claudia Wurzel, Sara Wallace, Ingrid Aasaaren, Katie Flarida, Claudia Herpertz, Susanne Herbrand, Johnna Burns, Ulrike Denker and Erika Benford beat Virginia by 1.9 seconds (6:33.4-6:35.3) to earn its first win of the 2009 season.

The 2V8 improved to 3-1 with its 8.2 second win. The margin of victory was Ohio State’s largest of the day among all boats. Anniken Ellingsen, Farrah Edwards, Caroline McPherson, Ellen Heister, Erin Shropshire, Tess Prescott, Peta-Leigh Dakyns, Charlott Goldstein and Samantha Getz clocked in at 6:38.5, while Virginia finished in 6:46.7.

Shuffling its lineup from the Pac-10 Challenge, the 1V4 crew (2-2) of Lindsey Titus, Carolin Helmholz, Claudia Schiwy, Cleonice Renzetti and Kristin DiJosie earned its second win of the season when they sounded the horn 2.5 seconds (7:29.5-7:32.0) ahead of the Cavaliers.

ACC/Big Ten Challenge
Virginia vs. Ohio State
April 4, 2009 | Lake Monticello

Second Varsity Eight
1. Ohio State (6:38.5)
2. Virginia (6:46.7)

Varsity Four
1. Ohio State (7:29.5)
2. Virginia (7:32.0)

Varsity Eight
1. Ohio State (6:33.4)
2. Virginia (6:35.3)

The First Varsity Eight’s time of 6:33.4 against Virginia in the ACC/Big Ten Challenge April 4 at Lake Monticello was a program season high among Buckeye eights this season. The mark also served as a regatta best.

The regatta at Lake Monticello, Va., against Virginia in the ACC/Big Ten Challenge April 4 featured the debut of four Ohio State boats. The Second and Third Varsity Fours, as well as the First and Second Novice Eights got on the waters for competition for the first time in 2009.

It was a tough outing for the crews, but refreshing to get out on the competition waters.

ACC/Big Ten Challenge
Virginia vs. Ohio State
April 4, 2009 | Lake Monticello

Second Novice Eight
1. Virginia (7:04.6)
2. Ohio State (7:29.4)

Third Varsity Four
1. Virginia (7:38.7)
2. Ohio State (8:12.1)

Novice Eight
1. Virginia (6:53.1)
2. Ohio State (6:59.3)

Second Varsity Four
1. Virginia (7:33.5)
2. Ohio State (7:53.2)

Renee Maras and coxswain Melissa Machuta saw action in a varsity boat for the first time in their collegiate careers when they rowed in the Third Varsity Four April 4 against Virginia at Lake Monticello.

When Ohio State hosts Brown Saturday, it will be going up against the reigning national champions. Brown took the team title last season at Lake Natoma in Gold River, Calif., with 67 team points.

It was also the Brown Second Varsity Eight that edged the Buckeyes in the Grand Final at the NCAA championships last season. The Bears and Buckeyes remained first and second throughout the race for gold, but Brown beat Ohio State by a little more than two seconds (6:42.42-6:44.87). The runner-up finish by the Buckeye 2V8 is the best national finish for the crew in Ohio State history.

Other than a regatta against Princeton and Michigan, Brown has seen little competition so far in the spring of 2009. The Bears’ regatta at Radcliffe was cancelled because of inclement weather. Against the Tigers and Wolverines, the eighth-ranked 1V8 finished third, while the 2V8 was second. The Bears’ fours had an impressive outing with both the 1V4 and 2V4 finishing first.

Brown assistant coach Amanda Purcell rowed for the Buckeyes from 2003-05. Now in her second year with the Bears, Purcell was a former volunteer assistant at Ohio State in 2007.

As an Ohio State four-year varsity letterwinner, Purcell earned 2005 First-Team Pocock All-America laurels and was a 2005 First-Team All-Central Region pick, as well as Second-Team All-Big Ten.

Indiana has competed in three different regattas, including hosting the inaugural Dale England Cup at Riddle Point Park on Lake Lemon April 4. The Hoosiers finished fourth with 134 points. Michigan State won the event after amassing 256 points.  Prior to last weekend, Indiana raced Notre Dame and Purdue March 29. The Hoosier Second Novice Eight was the lone winner on the day. Indiana opened its 2009 spring schedule on its home waters against Buffalo and Eastern Michigan. The IU First and Second Varsity Eights, as well as the First Novice Eight garnered wins.

Notre Dame has been busy this spring, competing in four regattas before it races Ohio State. Most recently, the Fighting Irish raced in the San Diego Crew Classic April 5. The Second Varsity Eight was a fifth-place finisher in the Grand Final, while the First Varsity Eight was third in the Petite Final.

The Fighting Irish won four of five races against Purdue and Indiana, including a pair of victories by the 1V8 in Indianapolis March 29. A day before that, Notre Dame faced Michigan State in dual action in East Lansing and finished behind the Spartans in all six races.

Notre Dame opened its spring season March 17 in Oak Ridge, Tenn., against Boston University, Michigan State and Virginia. The Fighting Irish 1V8, 1V4 and 1N8 all won its respective races, with the First Varsity Eight and First Varsity Four securing two victories on the day.  

In the Buckeyes’ 2009 home opener at Griggs Reservoir on the Scioto River, the weather is predicted to be a seasonable 55 degrees. However, fans still may want to dress warm as racing begins at 9 a.m. and there will be partly-cloudy skies.

All seven Big Ten Conference programs are in action Saturday, including the Buckeyes and Hoosiers at Griggs Reservoir in Columbus.

April 11
Regatta Location
Indiana vs. Minnesota, Ohio State Columbus, Ohio 
Iowa vs. Michigan, Michigan State Belleville, Mich. 
Michigan State at Michigan, Wisconsin Ann Arbor, Mich. 
Michigan vs. Wisconsin, Iowa Belleville, Mich. 
Minnesota vs. Indiana Columbus, Ohio 
Ohio State vs. Indiana, Notre Dame, Brown 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 your favorite Buckeyes’ favorite things about The Ohio State University.

I chose to attend Ohio State because:
“What really attracted me to Ohio State were the opportunities it provides for the student-athlete. Ohio State offers tons of support for its athletes, both academically with tutoring, scheduling and athletically with a support network from the coaching staff, athletics trainers and athletics advisors.”
– Sophomore Rosemary Henderson

“There are hundreds of different groups to join that meet your interests and there is always something going on campus you can enjoy.”
– Sophomore Kristin DiJosie

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. This is the second time in program history the Buckeyes have hosted the event which began in 2000.
Ohio State last hosted the conference championships in 2003. It was a close affair 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.

2003 Big Ten Championships
Columbus, Ohio
Griggs Reservoir
Scioto River
Overall Team Finishes
1. Michigan 123
2. Michigan State 123
3. Ohio State 107
4. Iowa 99
5. Wisconsin 69
6. Minnesota 61
7. Indiana 30

The Scarlet and Gray has won the coveted championship on two occasions 2002 and 2006. In 2002, the Buckeyes won by a then-record 14 points (138) over second-place finisher Michigan in East Lansing, Mich.
 In 2006, the Buckeyes amassed 130 points, which outdistanced host Minnesota by nine points.  

2002 Big Ten Championships
East Lansing, Mich.
1. Ohio State 138
2. Michigan 124
3. Michigan State 109
4. Wisconsin 80
5. Minnesota 78
6. Iowa 60
7. Indiana 23

2006 Big Ten Championships
St. Paul, Minn.

1. Ohio State 130
2. Minnesota 121
3. Michigan State 113
4. Michigan 112
5. Wisconsin 88
6. Iowa 45
7. Indiana 34

The 2009 Buckeyes will certainly attempt to take advantage of having “home course advantage” as they will compete at Griggs Reservoir on the Scioto River during four different regattas this season. Ohio State begins its home slate Saturday when it welcomes Big Ten Conference opponent Indiana, as well as Notre Dame and 2008 NCAA Champion Brown. Among the four home events in back-to-back-to back weekends is 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.  

After Saturday, Ohio State will host Oregon State and Washington State April 18 and Bucknell April 19. Both regattas begin at 9 a.m.

Two weeks later (May 2), the Buckeyes will host the Big Ten championships. 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.

Ohio State will host Oregon State and Washington State April 18 at Griggs Reservoir. The following day, April 19, the Buckeyes will welcome Bucknell. Both regattas will begin at 9 a.m.