COLUMBUS, Ohio For the 10th-consecutive time and 11th overall, the Ohio State rowing team will make an appearance in the NCAA championships. The 2009 edition of the national championships will take place Friday-Sunday on Cooper River Park in Cherry Hill, N.J. Villanova is serving as the event’s host.

Live results and video (Saturday and Sunday only) as well as heat sheets will be available each day of the championships at

Before making 10-consecutive team appearances beginning in 2000, the Scarlet and Gray First Varsity Four competed on the national stage in 1997, just the team’s second year as a varsity program.

In the 14-year history of Ohio State rowing, the Buckeyes own a program-best third-place finish as a team at the NCAA championships, accomplished in 2007 in Oak Ridge, Tenn. The 1V8 finished a boat-best second that same year. A season ago in Rancho Cordova, Calif., the 2V8 was second for its all-time best national finish. The 1V4 was a third-place finisher in 2006 in West Windsor, N.J.
At the NCAA championships, all 16 teams will race three boats in the First and Second Varsity Eights, as well as the First Varsity Four in their quest for the national title. Unlike in past years when 12 teams, plus four at-large First Varsity Eights qualified for the national championships, in 2009 there were no at-large selections. Also new to the 2009 selection process was the announcement of the First and Second Varsity Eights and First Varsity Four heat assignments for the first day of races.

The OSU 1V8 will compete in the first of three heats at 8:45 a.m. Friday. The 2V8 will get on the water at 9:30 a.m. in the opening heat and the 1V4 will race in the second heat at 10:30 a.m.

The three Ohio State crews enter the national championships with impressive records. The No. 14 1V8 is 23-10 overall, while the 2V8 owns a 36-6 ledger. The 1V4 has a team-best 38 wins, with just three setbacks.

Following the South/Central Region Sprints May 16-17, the Buckeye First Varsity Eight dropped to 14th in the May 20th edition of the Collegiate Rowing Coaches Association/USRowing rankings.

Fellow Big Ten Conference programs joining Ohio State in the NCAA championships is Michigan at No. 5, Michigan State with the No. 7 ranking and Wisconsin (No. 9).

Susanne Herbrand and Peta-Leigh Dakyns were named to the Collegiate Rowing Coaches Association Central Region team the CRCA announced May 23. Herbrand was a first-team selection and Dakyns earned second-team honors.

Herbrand, a native of Magdeburg, Germany, and Dakyns, who hails from Johannesburg, South Africa, are now eligible for All-America honors, which will be awarded following the NCAA championships.  

Members of the First Varsity Eight, Herbrand and Dakyns were evaluated on the strength of the Buckeyes’ overall regional finish (third), coaches’ recommendations and 2,000-meter erg score. Selected student-athletes also must have competed in their teams’ varsity boat in 75 percent of races.

After claiming the First Varsity Four Big Ten championship May 2, the Buckeye 1V4 kept the momentum going at the South/Central Region Sprints May 16-17 when it won the Grand Final race for the crew’s second regional title in program history. The 1V4 needed 1.3 seconds to claim the victory. The Ohio State First Varsity Four won its first Central Region crown in 2003.

As one of two Buckeye fours to win a Central Region title May 17, the Second Varsity Four entered the South/Central Region Sprints with a 2-8 record. However, after winning the Grand Final race at regionals by 1.5 seconds, the 2V4 ended its season with an impressive 30-9 mark.

Sophomore Kristin DiJosie will be returning to her home state of New Jersey for the 2009 NCAA Championships. DiJosie hails from Absecon and attended Holy Spirit High School. DiJosie was a four-year letterwinner and the coxswain for Holy Spirit from 2004-07.

During her four-year high school career, DiJosie medaled at the Stotesbury Cup Regattas, Philadelphia City and New Jersey State championships, Atlantic County High School Rowing championships and SRA Rowing Championships. 

Behind Grand Final wins from the First and Second Varsity Fours, Ohio State earned a third-place finish in the Central Region at the 2009 South/Central Region Championships May 17 at Melton Hill Lake in Oak Ridge, Tenn. The Buckeyes finished the weekend with 328 points.

The Second Varsity Four, also known as the Open Four, secured 14 team points with its championship performance. The 2V4 of Mandy Merritt, Sara Reardon, Jill Mohr, Cleonice Renzetti and coxswain Mackenzie Pecor obtained the boat’s first central region title since 2006. In all, the Second Varsity Four has won five Grand Finals. In a tight race, the Buckeye crew (6:59.7) edged the Clemson “B” team (7:01.2) by 1.5 seconds for the title. In third place was Michigan (7:01.6), which was clipped by the Tigers by just four-tenths of a second. 

Up next for Ohio State was the First Novice Eight in the Petite Final. The crew finished ninth overall and third in the race in a time of 6:37.6 for 14 points. Clemson won the heat with a time of 6:33.9, while the Virginia “B” squad was second (6:35.7).

Due up was the First Varsity Four, which added 57 points to the Buckeye team total. The Ohio State boat of Anniken Ellingsen, Ellen Heister, Claudia Schiwy, Farrah Edwards and coxswain Kristin DiJosie needed 1.3 seconds to claim the crew’s second championship in program history (6:58). The 1V4 won its first Central Region crown in 2003. Virginia was second in the heat, crossing the finish line in 6:59.3. Minnesota was third with a time of 7:00.6.

The Second Varsity Eight contributed 108 points with a third-place finish in the Grand Final. The Buckeyes Lindsey Titus, Katie Flarida, Claudia Wurzel, Tess Prescott, Erin Shropshire, Caroline McPherson, Ingrid Aasaaren, Sara Wallace and coxswain Samantha Getz clocked in at 6:15.8. Virginia claimed the heat with a time of 6:13 and Michigan State was second, finishing in 6:13.4.

The First Varsity Eight Grand Final race concluded the 2009 edition of the Aramark championships and the eighth-ranked crew of Claudia Herpertz, Ulrike Denker, Johnna Burns, Zuza Trzcinska, Peta-Leigh Dakyns, Carolin Helmholz, Susi Herbrand, Charlott Goldstein and coxswain Erika Benford finished sixth (6:12.6) for 135 points. The Buckeyes had their hands full Sunday as they faced three Top 10 boats No. 3 Michigan State, No. 6 Michigan and No. 10 Clemson in their championship quest.

South/Central Region Sprints
Melton Hill Lake, Oak Ridge, Tenn.
May 16-17, 2009

Central Standings
Michigan 348 
Michigan State 332
Ohio State 328 
Wisconsin 321 
Iowa 241
Notre Dame 236 
Minnesota 231 
Indiana 121 
Kansas 118
Kansas State 114 
E. Michigan 18 
Oklahoma 0 
Overall Standings (Top 10)
Virginia 387
Michiga 348
Michigan State 332
Ohio State 328
Wisconsin 321
Clemson 311
Iowa 241
Notre Dame 236
Minnesota 231
UCF 204

For the second time in Ohio State history, the First Varsity Four secured a Grand Final win at the 2009 Big Ten Championships May 2. Held at Griggs Reservoir in Columbus, Ohio, the 1V4 crossed the finish line in 7:00.14, outdistancing second-place finisher Wisconsin by almost three seconds (7:02.856). Minnesota (7:04.328) was third in the Grand Final race, followed by Michigan (7:06.340).

The Buckeye 1V4 claimed their first Grand Final win since 2004 when it first won the title in Iowa City, Iowa.   

After entering the Big Ten championships winless, the Second Novice Eight not only garnered its first win of the season with a third-place finish in the first heat of the championships, but the crew went on to win the Petite Final for two more victories.
The 2N8 clocked in at 6:45.805, while Minnesota and Iowa finished in 6:47.151 and 6:52.069, respectively. 

At the conclusion of the Big Ten championships, three Buckeyes were named to the all-conference teams. Senior co-captain Susanne Herbrand was a first-team selection. Fellow senior co-captain Peta-Leigh Dakyns and junior Charlott Goldstein were second-team honorees. Mandy Merritt was the team’s Sportsmanship Award recipient. 

Ohio State played host to the 2009 Big Ten Championships May 2 at Griggs Reservoir and took third on its home course.

The Buckeyes finished with 123 points, just three points shy of second-place Michigan. Michigan State won its second-consecutive championship with a total of 137 points.

Ohio State continued its streak of never finishing lower than third in the 10-year history of the Big Ten championships.

“We raced as well as we could today and it all came down to the First Varsity Eight,” Andy Teitelbaum, Ohio State head coach, said. “Those two Michigan boats were better than us today. As a group, they performed equal to or above their seeding, so you really can’t ask more from a group.”

After competing in the morning heats, the Buckeyes advanced to five of six Grand Finals, including all four varsity boats. Michigan and Wisconsin were the two teams to advance to the Grand Finals in all six events.

“If it takes a village to raise a child, then it takes a city to put on a Big Ten championship,” Teitelbaum said. “I am grateful to the university, city and all the kids because it was a great championship. I am glad the Big Ten Network came out today because I think we showed what a great venue we have and how exciting the sport is.”

Big Ten Championships
Griggs Reservoir, Columbus, Ohio
May 2, 2009
Team Standings Points
1. Michigan State 137
2. Michigan  126
3. Ohio State 123
4. Wisconsin 113
5. Iowa   60
6. Minnesota 59
7. Indiana  24

The Second Varsity Eight and First and Second Varsity Fours recorded their fastest times of the season at the South/Central Region Sprints May 16-17 on Melton Hill Lake in Oak Ridge, Tenn.

2009 Ohio State Season-High Race Times (all times set at South/Central Region Sprints)
Second Varsity Eight 6:14.5
First Varsity Four 6:53.8
Second Varsity Four 6:59.7
The First Varsity Eight and First and Second Novice Eights set season-best marks at the Big Ten championships May 2 on the Scioto River in Columbus, Ohio.  

2009 Ohio State Season-High Race Times (all times set at Big Ten championships)
First Varsity Eight 6:07.147
First Novice Eight 6:32.812
Second Novice Eight 6:45.805

Other than a 30 percent chance of isolated thunderstorms and a high of 79 degrees Friday, the Buckeyes will compete in what should be ideal weather Saturday and Sunday. During the second and final day of the NCAA championships, it will be 80 degrees and sunny according to

The Ohio State First Varsity Eight was named the Big Ten Conference Boat of the Week twice in 2009. The 1V8 earned the weekly honor in back-to-back weeks, April 7 and 14. Its first weekly laurel came after the 16th-ranked 1V8 upset the No. 7 Virginia crew in the ACC/Big Ten Duals, 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 record. The Buckeyes competed against No. 8 Brown and Notre Dame in the morning session and crossed the line with a then-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.

The 2009 Ohio State rowing roster consists of student-athletes from around the world with 39 members of the team hailing 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 states. There are 19 Ohio natives, with athletes also from New Hampshire, New Jersey, Connecticut, Wisconsin, Florida and Pennsylvania.