COLUMBUS, Ohio The Ohio State rowing team began its 2008 campaign with four wins Saturday at the PAC-10 Rowing Challenge presented by Windermere. The event, hosted by Stanford University, is being raced on the Redwood Shores Lagoon course in Redwood City, Calif.

The Buckeyes entered three boats for competition, each racing twice during two sessions.

The First Varsity Eight went 1-1 on the day, beginning the season with a win over UCLA. The Buckeyes crossed the finish line in 7:01.09, outdistancing the Bruins by 10 seconds (7:11.46).  Later in the day, the 1V8 squad finished behind California, which ended the race in 7:16.34, while Ohio State concluded the race in 7:29.72.

With two wins on the day, the Second Varsity Eight beat UCLA and Cal by 10 and six seconds, respectively. In its first race of the season, the 2V8 boat raced past the Bruins in 7:08.76 as UCLA came up in second in a time of 7:18.96. During the afternoon competition, the Second Varsity Eight did not let up, finishing in a time of 7:25.34 compared to the Golden Bears’ 7:31.93.

The First Varsity Four suffered two losses to open the season. In its initial race, 1V4 lost a tight contest to UCLA during the morning session. The Buckeyes rowed to the finish line in 8:22.44, just one second shy of the Bruins’ 8:21.28. The Buckeyes then faced a tough Cal squad, which reached the finish line in 8:34.40, while the Scarlet and Gray clocked in at 9:00.20.

Ohio State continues action at the PAC-10 Rowing Challenge at 9 a.m. PT Sunday.