COLUMBUS, Ohio After beginning the season in sunny California, the Ohio State rowing team will travel to the opposite coast to Lake Monticello, Va., for races against Virginia in the Big Ten/ACC Challenge at 9 a.m. Saturday.

After taking the challenge and facing the Nos. 3 and 5 First Varsity Eight boats in the nation, as well as a 1V8 crew that was receiving votes, the Buckeye 1V8 dropped to No. 16 with 130 points in the April 1 edition of the USRowing/CRCA poll.

The Buckeyes faced No. 3 Stanford, No. 5 Cal and UCLA at the Pac-10 Challenge Presented by Windermere Real Estate last weekend.

Michigan State and Michigan are fifth and sixth, respectively. Wisconsin (15th) and Minnesota (17th) are the remaining Big Ten programs to crack the Top 20.

USRowing/CRCA Women’s NCAA Division I Varsity Eight Rankings
April 1, 2009
Team (1st-Place Votes) Points
1. Yale (20) 492
2. Stanford (4) 463
3. California (1) 445
4. Washington 409
5. Michigan State 394
6. Michigan 383
7t. Princeton 327
7t. Virginia 327
9. Brown 308
10. Harvard 266
11. USC 262
12. Washington State 203
13. UCLA 200
14. Clemson 168
15. Wisconsin 158
16. Ohio State 130
17. Minnesota 118
18. Oregon State 76
19. Tennessee 60
20. Boston University 27

Receiving Votes: Louisville 13, Notre Dame 7, Iowa 4, Bucknell 3, Pennsylvania 3, Dartmouth College 2, Gonzaga 1 and Northeastern 1.

For the second-consecutive weekend, Ohio State will be competing in favorable weather conditions. After traveling to Redwood City, Calif., last weekend, the Buckeyes will encounter 66-degree and sunny weather in Lake Monticello, Va.

In 73-degree temperatures at Redwood Shores , Ohio State commenced the 2009 spring season at the Pac-10 Challenge Presented by Windermere Real Estate in Redwood, City, Calif., March 28. The Buckeyes made the annual trip out West and for the first time this season, head coach Andy Teitelbaum was able to watch three Ohio State boats compete head-to-head with UCLA and Stanford on day one.

On the waters for the Scarlet and Gray were the Ohio State First Varsity Eight, Second Varsity Eight and First Varsity Four the same three boats that compete in the NCAA championships.

Ohio State began the day against UCLA to start off the morning races. The No. 12 1V8 started things off for the Buckeyes and finished 3.7 seconds behind the Bruins, who received votes in the March 25 CRCA/USRowing rankings. The crew of Claudia Wurzel, Sara Wallace, Ingrid Aasaaren, Katie Flarida, Claudia Herpertz, Susanne Herbrand, Johnna Burns, Ulrike Denker and Erika Benford crossed the finish line in 6:37.7, while UCLA crossed in 6:34.0.

Up next was the 2V8, which went 2-0 on day one, first beating the Bruins by 24.6 seconds. In its impressive first time out in 2009, the group of Anniken Ellingsen, Farrah Edwards, Caroline McPherson, Ellen Heister, Erin Shropshire, Tess Prescott, Peta-Leigh Dakyns, Charlott Goldstein and Samantha Getz concluded the race in 6:42.3 and UCLA pulled in at 7:06.9.

The 1V4 helped Ohio State finish the morning session 2-1 when Jill Mohr, Sara Reardon, Lindsay Titus, Cleonice Renzetti and Kristen DiJosie beat the Bruin 1V4 by 20.9 seconds. The Scarlet and Gray clocked in at 7:31.8 and UCLA finished in 7:52.7.

The Second Varsity Eight began the afternoon session for Ohio State against Stanford and once again it proved dominant, racing to the finish line 12.4 seconds (7:04.2-7:16.6) before the Cardinal.

Racing the No. 3 First Varsity Boat, Ohio State crossed the finish line in 7:04.2, while Stanford, which received three first-place votes March 25, recorded a time of 6:56.8.

Wrapping up day one competition, the Buckeye First Varsity Four also had its hands full against the Cardinal, finishing nearly three seconds behind (8:26.4-8:23.7).

Competing against variable wins and not to mention a pretty good California squad, Ohio State had a tough final day at the Pac-10 Challenge.

After going 3-3 on day one, including a perfect 2-0 record by the Second Varsity Eight, the Buckeyes suffered three setbacks in the Bay Area against California on the final day of competition.

The 12th-ranked 1V8 crossed the finish line 15.1 seconds after No. 5 Cal sounded the horn. The Buckeyes finished in 6:55.0. The Bears completed the race in 6:39.9.

The Ohio State 2V8 lost its head-to-head battle against Cal by 3.4 seconds. The Second Varsity Eight had an impressive first day of competition, beating UCLA and Stanford by a combined time of 37 seconds. However, on day two, the Scarlet and Gray clocked in in 6:48.4, while the Bears finished in 6:45.0 even.

Cal edged the Ohio State 1V4 by 2.2 seconds. The Scarlet and Gray pulled in at the finish line in 7:38.3, while the Bears clocked in at 7:36.1.

2009 Pac-10 Challenge Presented by Windermere
March 28-29, 2009
Redwood Shores
Redwood City, Calif.
March 28 Morning Session
vs. UCLA

First Varsity Eight
UCLA 6:34.0
No. 12 Ohio State 6:37.7

Second Varsity Eight
Ohio State 6:42.3
UCLA 7:06.9

First Varsity Four
Ohio State 7:31.8
UCLA 7:52.7

March 28 Afternoon Session
vs. Stanford

Second Varsity Eight
Ohio State 7:04.2
Stanford 7:16.6

First Varsity Eight
No. 3 Stanford 6:56.8
No. 12 Ohio State 7:04.2

First Varsity Four
Stanford 8:23.7
Ohio State 8:26.4
March 29 Morning Session
vs. Cal

First Varsity Eight
No. 5 Cal 6:39.9
No. 12 Ohio State 6:55.0

Second Varsity Eight
Cal 6:45.0
Ohio State 6:48.4

First Varsity Four
Cal 7:36.1
Ohio State 7:38.3

The Buckeye Second Varsity Eight (2-1) opened up the spring season with an impressive outing at the Pac-10 Challenge Presented by Windermere Real Estate. Facing UCLA and Stanford on day one, Ohio State beat both crews by a combined time of 37 seconds.

In the morning session, the 2V8 crossed the finish line in 6:42.3, while the Bruins followed 24.6 seconds later at 7:06.9. The Scarlet and Gray followed that performance with a 12.4 second win (7:16.6-7:04.2) against the Cardinal.

Racing against the Pac-10 Conference’s rowing powerhouses, the Ohio State First Varsity Four held its own as it recorded the second-fastest time among 1V4 crews in the morning session March 28 against UCLA. The Buckeyes beat the Bruins by 20.9 seconds (7:31.8-7:52.7) to win its season-opening race. The Cal 1V4 was the only other team to clock in with a faster time (7:24.1).

The Buckeye Second Varsity Eight recorded the third-fastest time among its counterparts in the March 29 races. Cal, which beat the Buckeyes by 3.4 seconds (6:48.4- 6:45.0), owned the fastest time in the group. Virginia recorded the second-fastest time, but not by much over Ohio State. The Cavaliers raced to the finish line one-tenth of a second faster (6:48.3).  

Like Ohio State, Virginia competed in the Pac-10 Challenge last weekend. The Cavaliers’ Second Varsity Eight recorded a perfect weekend, going 3-0, following wins over California, UCLA and Stanford. For the year, the Virginia 2V8 is 4-0 as they also defeated Bucknell March 20. For their effort out West, the Cavaliers were named ACC Crew of the Week March 31.

The then-sixth-ranked Virginia First Varsity Eight went 1-2 during the weekend, beating UCLA, but losing to Cal and Stanford. The Cavalier crew dropped one spot to a tie for seventh (327 points) in the latest USRowing/CRCA poll. 

The First Varsity Four also recorded a 1-2 mark, as they garnered their lone win against the Bruins. Virginia also put its Novice Eight crew on the waters in Redwood City. The group tallied a 2-1 ledger, besting UCLA and Stanford, but finishing behind California.

In the 13 complete seasons as head coach of the Buckeyes, Andy Teitelbaum has led the First Varsity Eight to a 421-164 (.720) mark. In fact, all six competition boats at Ohio State have an over-500 record under Teitelbaum’s tutelage.

Boat Records under head coach Andy Teitelbaum (13 complete seasons)
First Varsity Eight: 421-164 (.720)
Second Varsity Eight: 348-134: (.722)
First Varsity Four: 314-180 (.636)
Second Varsity Four: 131-52 (.716)
First Novice Eight: 230-143 (.617)
Second Novice Eight: 106-75 (.586)

Alli Kehlet  joined the Buckeye coaching staff as a graduate assistant following four years as a varsity rower at George Mason. In 2007, Kehlet, a member of the First Varsity Eight, was instrumental in helping George Mason win the Colonial Athletic Association Team Points Cup. It was the first Cup won by the Patriots in program history. The team captain the following season, Kehlet and George Mason answered 2007 with an even more extraordinary 2008 season, winning the CAA Team Points Cup for a second-consecutive year. The 1V8 also won the Kerr Cup at the CAA Kerr Cup championships for the first time in school history. Kehlet graduated with a bachelor’s degree in health fitness and recreation resources with a concentration in exercise science in 2007. She is currently working on her master’s degree in sports management.  

Several teams around the Big Ten Conference are competing during the first weekend of April and hopefully the calendar is indicative of what the weather (warm) will be like for all seven league programs competing this weekend. 

April 3   
Event  Location 
Indiana Dale England Cup (vs. Pennsylvania)    Bloomington, Ind. 



April 4   
Event  Location 
Indiana Dale England Cup (vs. Louisville, Michigan State)   Bloomington, Ind. 
Iowa at San Diego Crew Classic       San Diego, Calif.  
Michigan State at Indiana      Bloomington, Ind.  
Michigan at Indiana   Bloomington, Ind.  
Michigan at San Diego Crew Classic San Diego, Calif.
Minnesota at San Diego Crew Classic  San Diego, Calif. 
Minnesota at Iowa       Iowa City, Iowa 
Ohio State at ACC/Big Ten Challenge      Lake Monticello, Va. 
Wisconsin at San Diego Crew Classic     San Diego, Calif.  








April 5   
Event  Location 
Iowa at San Diego Crew Classic  San Diego, Calif. 
Iowa at Wisconsin  Madison, Wis. 
Michigan at San Diego Crew Classic  San Diego, Calif.
Minnesota at San Diego Crew Classic  San Diego, Calif. 
Wisconsin at San Diego Crew Classic  San Diego, Calif. 






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.

My Favorite Thing About Ohio State is…
“The best thing about Ohio State are the traditions and the pride of the Buckeyes. Especially on our team, you can feel the team spirit.”
-Sophomore Caroline McPherson

The Best Thing About Being a Buckeye is…
“I love being a part of a big team. I get to develop as a rower using the latest equipment and technology. Being an OSU student-athlete is an advantage because with such a large athletics department, I know it has the resources to help us be our best.”
-Sophomore Anniken Ellingsen

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. Among the four home events is the 2009 Big Ten Championships. After having hosted three events in back-to-back weekends, the Scarlet and Gray will hope to have adjusted to the waters.

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. This weekend, Ohio State will travel to the opposite coast for races against Virginia in the Big Ten/ACC Challenge in Lake Monticello, Va. 

Beginning April 11, Ohio State will get acquainted with its home waters when it hosts conference opponent Indiana, as well as Notre Dame and 2008 NCAA Champion Brown.

The next weekend, the Scarlet and Gray will welcome Oregon State and Washington State April 18 and Bucknell April 19.

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 the first of four-consecutive regattas April 11 at Griggs Reservoir at the Scioto River. At 9 a.m. April 11, the Buckeyes will welcome conference opponent Indiana, as well as Notre Dame and 2008 NCAA Champion Brown.