Oct. 1, 2002
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About The Regatta
The Ohio State rowing team returns to the water Saturday for the first of three head races in its fall schedule.
The Head of the Ohio is an annual regatta, taking place in Pittsburgh, Pa. and featuring over 4,000 entrants. The race course is a scenic 2.8-mile course, which begins on the Allegheny river and concludes where the Allegheny and Monongahela rivers meet to form the Ohio river.
The regatta begins at 8 a.m. and concludes at 4 p.m. with a ceremonial finish. The Buckeyes’ three boats of eight will race at approximately 3:30 p.m.
History at The Head of The Ohio
Saturday will mark the fifth-consecutive season that Ohio State has raced in the Head of the Ohio regatta.
The Buckeyes first varsity 8 had an oustanding showing at the head race in 2001, beating out 19 other teams to win their competition. The team finished at 14 minutes, 20.9 seconds to beat out Michigan State (14:21.4). It was the Buckeye’s second-consecutive Head of the Ohio win.
Andy Teitelbaum, Ohio State head coach, sees this weekend as a way to see how his 2002-03 squad prepares on race day.
“It’s so early it’s hard to know how your kids are going to perform and it’s hard to know what everyone else is going to bring with them to the river,” Teitelbaum said. “We’ve had a lot of talent for a long time and, as a result, we have always been able to do well at this event. “
A Wealth of Experience
Six of the eight rowers from the Ohio State first varsity 8, including the entire stern, return to create a strong first boat comparable to the Buckeye’s top boat from last season, which took fourth place at the NCAA championships.
The boat will be led by senior Maxi Meissner and emerging star Karla Fiserova.
Fiserova, a junior, was chosen by her coaches as the team’s most valuable player in 2002. She also was named a second team All-American and to the all-central region and All-Big Ten first teams.
Junior Tatiana Grigorieva and sophomore Franziska Schubert also will help bring power to the boat. Grigoieva and Schubert both were all-central region and All-Big Ten honrees in 2002.
In the second varsity 8, senior Megan McCartney, 2002 Ohio State Most Improved Rower Amanda Spires and senior Heather Arndts all are among the returning rowers.
Junior Ashley Orr will join the first varsity 8 and become the boat’s coxswain. Orr spent the past two seasons as cox of the second varsity 8.
Sophomores Laureen Ellison, Sarah Fiebig and Jamie Berning also return, looking to further increase their contributions to the squad.
A Trio of Freshmen
The team also adds three freshmen, Ninnet Kossowsky, Jana Schiller and Olga Grigorieva, to the mix that hope to contribute heavily in the 2002-03 season.
Kossowsky and Schiller will make their respective Buckeye debuts Saturday in the first varsity 8.
The Buckeyes experienced a number of firsts in the 2001-02 season, including the first Big Ten Championship in program history, the first Top 3 ranking and the first time a Buckeye first varsity 8 boat has qualified for the Grand Final of an NCAA championship regatta.
The Ohio State first varsity 8 finished its season with an impressive 53-5 record, winning both the conference and regional gold medals, breaking many program first varsity 8 records including wins in a season, overall winning percentage and best regional and national finishes.
As a team, the Buckeyes took fifth in the nation, marking their second-best national finish in program history.
Conny Kirsch was named the 2002 Big Ten Rowing Co-Athlete of the Year, while Andy Teitelbaum was selected as both the Big Ten and Central Region Coach of the Year.
In total, two Ohio State rowers were named All-Americans, while four were named to all-central region teams and five were selected for All-Big Ten squads.
About Coach Teitelbaum
Now in his eighth year at the head of the Ohio State rowing program, Andy Teitelbaum has guided the Buckeyes to national prominence.
For an outstanding 2002 season in which Teitelbum guided the Buckeyes to their first Big Ten championship, he was named by his peers as the Big Ten and central region Coach of the Year.
With a record of 53-5 in the 2002 season and a 5th-place finish at the 2002 NCAA Championships, Teitelbaum’s career record at OSU now stands at 196-99.
Next Up For The Buckeyes
On Oct. 20, the Buckeyes will travel to Boston, Mass. for the Head of the Charles, one of the world’s largest regattas.
The Buckeyes had an oustanding showing at the race in 2001, finishing fifth out of 54 boats and second out of all college entries.
Ohio State Boat Line-ups – Head of the Ohio
First Varsity 8 Second Varsity 8 Third Entry Bow Maxi Meissner Bow Christen Opperman TBA 2 Susi Wesenberg 2 Amanda Spires 3 Jana Schiller 3 Heather Arndst 4 Ninnet Kossowsky 4 Megan McCartney 5 Heather Feldman 5 Olga Grigorieva 6 Franzi Schubert 6 Maggie Kathman 7 Karla Fiserova 7 Didi Albrecht St Tatiana Grigorieva St Natalie Legge Cox Ashley Orr Cox Laureen Ellison