No. 9 Ohio State
Big Ten/ACC Duals
9 a.m. Saturday
Griggs Reservoir
Columbus, Ohio

Ohio State Projected Lineups
First Varsity Eight (from bow)
Claudia Wurzel
Katie Flarida
Anniken Ellingsen
Zuzanna Trzcinska
Patricia Goodeman
Susanne Herbrand
Gabriele Albertaviciute
Charlott Goldstein
Coxswain: Erika Benford

Second Varsity Eight (from bow)
Simone Haubner
Cleonice Renzetti
Peta-Leigh Dakyns
Carolin Helmholz
Nora Franzen
Tess Prescott
Mary Sheehan
Sara Wallace
Coxswain: Kate Hanseman 

First Varsity Four (from bow)
Ashley Korfel
Andrea Dymalski
Caroline McPherson
Farrah Edwards
Coxswain: Kristin DiJosie

Second Varsity Four (from bow)
Ingrid Aasaaren
Sara Reardon
Erin Shropshire
Jackie Ruetenik
Coxswain: Samantha Getz

First Novice Eight (from bow)
Kyla Ferguson
Kate Sweeney
Jessica Neiding
Jill Mohr
Katie Burwell
Adrienne Eichenlaub
Lindsey Titus
Alicia Caldwell
Coxswains: Regina Steigerwald, Elena Reynolds

Second Novice Eight (from bow)
Debra Leitch
Melissa Sillanpaa
Carrie Shover
Katie Rasfeld
Courtney Tooman
Ally Smith
Aly Day
Alissa Sullivan
Coxswains: Mackenzie Pecor, Elena Reynolds

COLUMBUS, Ohio The ninth-ranked Ohio State rowing team will be joined by No. 10 Michigan from the Big Ten Conference to compete against No. 3 Virginia and Duke, representatives of the Atlantic Coast Conference in the Big Ten/ACC duals Saturday. The duals will start at 9 a.m. at Griggs Reservoir. 

Scouting the Opposition
No. 10 Michigan will join the Buckeyes in representing the Big Ten Conference in the Big Ten/ACC Duals. The Wolverines competed in two non-team scoring events to start the 2008 season in February and March. Michigan traveled to Tampa, Fla., Feb. 24 where it raced Central Florida before competing against Ohio State and Alabama in Columbus March 22.   

Third-ranked Virginia opened its 2008 season with a 7-9 mark at the Pac-10 Challenge presented by Windermere in Redwood City, Calif. The Cavaliers’ First Varsity Eight was also named ACC Crew of the Week after defeating Stanford and UCLA this past weekend.

Duke kicked off its 2008 campaign at the Longhorn Invitational in Austin, Texas. The Blue Devils’ Second Varsity Eight posted a 2-1 mark, defeating Kansas State and Iowa, but fell to Wisconsin. Its First Varsity Eight defeated Kansas, but came in second to Iowa and Wisconsin.

A Look Back in Time
Virginia hosted the Big Ten/ACC duals last year in Charlottesville, Va., where Ohio State took first in four races, including two wins for the First Varsity Eight. En route to its four victories, the 1V8 upset then second-ranked Virginia by almost five seconds.

Ohio State Goes 5-4 at Pac-10 Challenge Presented by Windermere
Opening the season at the Pac-10 Challenge last weekend, Ohio State finished with a 5-4 mark. Stanford served as host of the event in Redwood City, Calif.

The First Varsity Eight opened with a victory over UCLA. The Buckeyes clocked in at 7:01.09, while the Bruins finished in 7:11.46. The Buckeyes then fell to California (7:16.34), while Ohio State finished with a time of 7:29.72. The 1V8 wrapped up the classic with a loss to Stanford (6:46.79) when they finished behind the Cardinal with a time of 6:49.57.

Ohio State’s Second Varsity Eight went 3-0 to open the season. It defeated UCLA (7:19.96) with a time of 7:08.76 and California who clocked in at 7:31.93, while the Buckeyes crossed the finish line at 7:25.34. The boat wrapped up the classic with a win over Stanford, finishing with a time of 6:47.28, while the Cardinal clocked in at 7:02.13.

The First Varsity Four suffered two losses in its opening day of competition at the challenge. The Buckeyes fell to UCLA (8:21.28) with a time of 8:22.44. Cal also beat the Buckeyes finishing at 8:34.40, while the Scarlet and Gray clocked in at 9:00.20. However, Ohio State ended the classic with a win over Stanford. The Buckeyes finished with a time of 7:49.37, while Stanford came in at 8:17.37.

Kirsch Inducted into OSU Athletics Hall of Fame
Connie Kirsch (1998-2002) is the first rower to be inducted into the Ohio State Athletics Hall of Fame. She helped the Buckeyes earn their first Big Ten Championship in 2002. She was part of the First Varsity Eight that won the grand final and was named Big Ten Co-Rower of the year, a first in program history. That same varsity eight squad took first in the Central Region championship grand final and they finished the season with a then-program best fourth-place finish at the NCAA championships.

Kirsch’s individual accomplishments include earning first-team All-America honors in 2002 to contribute to her second-team honors in 2000 and 2001. She also was a three-time first-team All-Big Ten and All-Central Region selection in 2000, 2001 and 2002. Kirsch was an Academic All-Big Ten selection in 2001 and 2002, as well as a three-time Ohio State Scholar-Athlete.

Up Next
Ohio State will host its second of three-consecutive regattas at noon April 12 at Griggs Reservoir when Bucknell, Michigan and Tennessee travel to Columbus.