Buckeyes welcome six other conference teams to Columbus Saturday

COLUMBUS, Ohio – The Ohio State rowing team, including the seventh-ranked First Varsity Eight squad, hosts the 10th Annual Big Ten Championships, Saturday at Griggs Reservoir. The 2,000-meter course is along the Scioto River.
    The format for the Big Ten championships includes six boats (First and Second Varsity Eight, First and Second Varsity Four and First and Second Novice Eight) competing for points based on their finish, first through seventh place. The boats compete in one of two heats in the morning. The top two times from each heat then go on to race in the Grand Final, while the other three boats compete in the Petite Final.

Event: 2009 Big Ten Rowing Championships
When: Saturday, May 2
Where: Griggs Reservoir, Scioto River
Admission: FREE
Schedule of Events: Heats begin at 8 a.m., finals begin at noon
Live scoring: Available on the rowing page at
TV Coverage: Tape-delayed on the Big Ten Network (May 17 at 3 p.m.)

    The Buckeyes have placed in the Top 3 every year of the league championships. Ohio State is one of three programs to have multiple conference crowns after winning in 2002 and 2006. The Buckeyes finished second in 2001 and 2005, and took third in 2000, 2003, 2004, 2007 and 2008.

    This year marks the 10th Big Ten rowing championship, with Ohio State playing host to the event for the second time. The Buckeyes also hosted at Griggs Reservoir in 2003. Michigan has won four of the nine previous championships. Ohio State (2002, 2006) and Michigan State (2005, 2008) each have two while Minnesota claimed the 2007 crown.

    Ohio State placed third with 112 points at the 2008 Big Ten Championships in Belleville, Mich., just two points behind second-place Wisconsin. Michigan State took the title with 150 points.
    The Buckeye First Varisty Eight finished second in the Grand Final, 2.64 seconds shy of Michigan State. The Second Varisty Eight also made it to the Grand Final where it placed third to Wisconsin and MSU. Also taking third was the First Varsity Four in its Grand Final behind Minnesota and the Spartans. The Ohio State 2V4, 1N8 and 2N8 each rowed in the Petite Finals.

    The Big Ten announced the seedings for the heats Monday. Ohio State is No. 3 in the First and Second Varsity Eight races, and the No. 4 seed in the First Varsity Four and First Novice Eight events. The Second Varsity Four are No. 5 and the Second Novice Eight are No. 6.

    The Ohio State First Varsity Eight moved up one spot to No. 7 in the CRCA/USRowing poll released Thursday. The Buckeyes were 16th five weeks ago, but have battled their way up and broke into the Top 10 three weeks ago after posting a perfect 6-0 record at home. They defeated Indiana, Notre Dame and  Brown (April 11), Oregon and Bucknell (April 18) and Washington State (April 19).

    The Ohio State First Varsity Eight was named the Big Ten Conference Boat of the Week twice in 2009. The 1V8 earned the weekly honors in back-to-back weeks, April 7 and14.
    Its first weekly laurel came after the 16th-ranked 1V8 upset the No. 7 Virginia crew in the ACC/Big Ten Challenge, April 4 at Lake Monticello, Va. The crew, which included Claudia Wurzel, Sara Wallace, Ingrid Aasaaren, Katie Flarida, Claudia Herpertz, Susanne Herbrand, Johnna Burns, Ulrike Denker and coxswain Erika Benford beat the Cavaliers by 1.9 seconds, crossing the finish line in 6:33.4.
    In Ohio State’s home opener, the First Varsity Eight earned a perfect 3-0. The Buckeyes competed against No. 8 Brown and Notre Dame in the morning session and crossed the line with a season-best time of 6:22.60, followed by Brown (6:28.67) and Notre Dame (6:31.54). In 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. That crew included Charlott Goldstein, Peta-Leigh Dakyns, Zuzanna Trzcinska, Herbrand, Flarida, Herpertz, Denker, Wurzel and Benford.

    Ohio State hosted two regattas at Griggs Reservoir the weekend of April 18-19 to wrap up the regular season.  On Saturday, Ohio State took on Bucknell and Oregon State and all the Buckeye varsity crews took first in their respective races.
    The Buckeyes battled both opponent Washington State and Mother Nature Sunday at Griggs Reservoir, with gusting winds battering boats down the racecourse in Columbus. The Buckeyes won both the First Varsity Eight and First Varsity Four races, as well as getting their first race action against conference foes Michigan and Michigan State.

    The Buckeyes spent the last two weekends of their regular season racing at Griggs Reservoir with good results. The 1V8 posted a perfect 6-0 mark against Indiana, Notre Dame, Brown, Bucknell, Oregon State and Washington State. In the two weekends, Ohio State totaled 14 race victories.

    According to, the weather is predicted to be 68 degrees and partly cloudy for the Big Ten Championships. However, fans still may want to dress warm as racing begins at 9 a.m. and the winds on the river cause a cool breeze.

    Along with the seventh-ranked Buckeyes, five other Big Ten 1V8 boats are ranked in the CRCA/USRowing poll released Wednesday. Joining Ohio State in the Top 10 are No. 3 Michigan State and No. 5 Michigan. Wisconsin (14), Iowa (17) and Minnesota (20) round out the rankings.

    The 2009 Ohio State rowing roster consists of student-athletes from around the world with 39 members of the team from seven countries, including the United States. Germany has the largest representation from outside the U.S. with five rowers. There also are Buckeyes from Norway (2), Italy (2), the United Kingdom (2), Poland and South Africa. The U.S. Buckeyes represent seven different states. There are 19 Ohio natives, with athletes also from New Hampshire, New Jersey, Connecticut, Wisconsin, Florida and Pennsylvania.

    Following the Big Ten Championships Saturday, 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.