Oct. 16, 2002

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About the Regatta
The Ohio State rowing team will travel to Boston, Mass. Sunday to take part in the 38th Head of the Charles.

The Head of the Charles is the world’s largest two-day regatta and was first held in 1965. Today, the race includes over 6,000 athletes and attracts over 300,000 spectators.

The Ohio State first varsity 8 will compete in the Women’s Collegiate Eights competition that will commence at 4:00 p.m.

“It is a huge event in terms of size and notoriety,” Andy Teitelbaum, Ohio State head coach, said. “So, it’s great to give our athletes a chance to be a part of once of the biggest shows in the world of rowing.”

Ohio State will be in competition with some of the nation’s elite rowing programs including the United States and Canadian National teams, 2002 NCAA Champions Brown, Princeton, Yale, Harvard, Michigan, Southern California and California.

2001 Head of the Charles
The Buckeyes finished fourth at the 2001 Head of the Charles in Boston, Mass., out of 54 boats in the championship race with a time of 16 minutes, 30.6 seconds. The finish placed them second out of all collegiate entries.

The U.S. Rowing team won the race with a time of 16:01.6, ahead of second-place Princeton, which finished nine seconds behind.

The Buckeyes improved on their seventh-place finish in 2000 by shaving 36 seconds off their time.

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. Grigorieva and Schubert both were all-central region and All-Big Ten honorees in 2002.

In the second varsity 8, senior Meghan 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.

International Flavor
In the tradition of Ohio State rowing, the team once again sports a delegation from around the globe.

The team now includes six members from Germany (Diana Albrecht, Ninnet Kossowsky, Maxi Meissner, Jana Schiller, Franzi Schubert, and Susi Wesenberg) and four other members from countries other than the U.S.

Overall, the team has representatives from five countries (United States, Germany, Czech Republic, Russia and Australia) and seven states (Ohio, Virginia, Kentucky, Maryland, California, New Jersey and New York).

Head of the Ohio Recap
The Ohio State rowing team began its fall season in impressive fashion with its third-consecutive first-place finish at the 2002 Head of the Ohio in Pittsburgh, Pa. The Buckeye first varsity 8 finished at 14 minutes, 31.1 seconds, beating out Michigan State (15:03.4) by 32.3 seconds. Boston University took third in the competition.

The Buckeyes’ two other boats also posted strong finishes. The second varsity 8 placed fifth (15:17.3), just two seconds behind Notre Dame’s first varsity 8 (15:15.3), while Ohio State’s third 8 entry took 11th (16:02.6). The finish for the second 8 is one place better than the boat’s sixth-place finish at the 2001 Head of the Ohio.

Ohio State Boat Line-Up – Head of The Charles
First Varsity 8

Bow – Maxi Meissner
2 – Natalie Legge
3 – Olga Grigorieva
4 – Susi Wesenberg
5 – Diana Albrecht
6 – Franziska Schubert
7 – Karla Fiserova
St – Tatiana Grigorieva
Cox – Ashley Orr

2001-02 spring Recap
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 Teitelbaum 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 fifth-place finish at the 2002 NCAA Championships, Teitelbaum’s career record at OSU now stands at 196-99.

Next up for the Buckeyes
The Buckeyes will close out their fall season Nov. 10 at the Rivanna Romp in Charlottesville, Va.

The Ohio State first varsity 8 won its race at the Rivanna Romp in 2001 and finished in second in 2000.