COLUMBUS, Ohio Paced by the First Varsity Eight’s 1.9 second win over No. 7 Virginia, the Ohio State rowing team won three races against the Cavaliers in the Big Ten/ACC Challenge Saturday at Lake Monticello in Virginia.

The Buckeye 1V8 (1-3), ranked 16th in the latest edition of the USRowing/CRCA poll, raced to the finish line in 6:33.4, while the Cavaliers crossed 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 Second Varsity Eight (3-1) recorded the largest Buckeye margin of victory with an 8.2 second win over the Cavalier 2V8. Anniken Ellingsen, Farrah Edwards, Caroline McPherson, Ellen Heister, Erin Shropshire, Tess Prescott, Peta-Leigh Dakyns, Charlott Goldstein and Samantha Getz clocked in at the 6:38.5 mark. Virginia finished in 6:46.7.

Lindsey Titus, Carolin Helmholz, Claudia Schiwy, Cleonice Renzetti and Kristin DiJosie comprised the Ohio State First Varsity Four (2-2) and the group outdistanced Virginia by 2.5 seconds (7:29.5-7:32.0).

In all, the Scarlet and Gray placed seven boats on the water, including the season debut of the second and third varsity fours and novice eights.

The Third Varsity Four had two novice rowers on its crew in Renee Maras and coxswain Melissa Machuta. The boat, which also was made up of Katie Rasfeld, Debra Leitch and Alissa Sullivan, sounded the horn in 8:12.1. However, that time fell short of Virginia’s 7:38.7.

The 2V4 of Corinne Ley, Mandy Merritt, Jill Mohr, Sara Reardon and Mackenzie Pecor also had its hands full as its time of 7:53.2 was not good enough to overpower the Cavaliers’ mark of 7:33.5.
The Second Novice Eight began the morning for the Buckeyes and suffered a 7:29.4-7:04.6 setback. The First Novice Eight tried to keep pace with the Cavaliers, but came up 6.2 seconds (6:59.3-6:53.1) behind.

Ohio State will make its home debut April 11 when it hosts Big Ten Conference opponent Indiana, as well as Notre Dame and 2008 NCAA Champion Brown. It will be the first of three regular-season regattas the Buckeyes will host before welcoming the league’s six other rowing programs for the 2009 Big Ten Championships May 2.

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)

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)