April 3, 2002

About the Meet
The Ohio State women’s crew will travel to California to compete in the San Diego Crew Classic, Saturday and Sunday. The Crew Classic is a 29 year-old regatta that has grown over the years from a 300-person, 12-race competition to one of the biggest spring-season regattas that includes 87 races and over 3,000 participants from the junior, novice, club, master and collegiate levels. Ohio State will be in direct competition with national powerhouses such as the University of Southern California as well as the 2001 National Champion Washington Huskies.

Andy Teitelbaum, Ohio State head coach, said the races this weekend are a chance to show off the talents of the Ohio State women’s team.

“It’s always tough this time of year to match some of the west coast teams because they’ve had much more time on the water,” Teitelbaum said. “Obviously anytime you race in a field this important, you’re going to want to go as fast as you can.”

The Varsity Eight ‘A’ Boat will compete for the Jossep-Whittier Cup and race in the preliminary heat at 8:30 a.m. on Saturday. If the team can finish within the top three of the seven teams in their heat, they will move on to the Grand Finale at 2:40 p.m. Sunday. Meanwhile, the Varsity Eight ‘B’ will race in the Women’s JV competition at 10:10 a.m. Saturday and will need to finish in the top two to move on to their Grand Finale Sunday.

Ohio State Boat Lineups
Varsity Eight A Boat

Bow – Maxi Meissner
2 – Natalie Legge
3 – Didi Albrecht
4 – Conny Kirsch
5 – Heather Feldmann
6 – Franzi Scubert
7 – Kaja Fiserova
st. – Tanya Grigorieva
cox – Vikki Agate

Varsity Eight B Boat
bow – Margot Shumway
2 – Amanda Spires
3 – Heather Arndts
4 – Megan McCartney
5 – Alex Leslie
6 – Anja Kalder
7 – Katie Buttine
st – Susi Wesenberg
cox – Ashley Orr

About Coach Teitelbaum
Now in his seventh year at the head of the Ohio State rowing program, Teitelbaum has guided the Buckeyes to national prominence. With a record of 40-15, including a 4th-place finish at the 2001 NCAA Championships, Teitelbaum’s career record at OSU now stands at 167-94.

Buckeyes Go West
The Ohio State women’s rowing team will make the long plane trip to San Diego Thursday for their participation in the Crew Classic Saturday, but what about their 60-foot long boat that has to make the 3,000 mile trip as well? The Buckeyes will take just one shell for their two teams for the weekend that the University of North Carolina Tar Heels’ women’s rowing team (whom the Buckeyes met last weekend in the ACC/Big Ten Double Duels in Ann Arbor, Michigan) were nice enough to take out west on its trailer. After the long weekend of competition, the team will return home to Columbus early Monday morning on a red-eye flight.

Buckeyes Have Strong Showing at ACC/Big Ten Double Duals
The Ohio State rowing team won both of its races at the ACC/Big Ten Double Duels in Ann Arbor, Mich. last weekend. Despite rough weather and conditions the Buckeyes defeated Virginia, 7 minutes and 6 seconds to 7:10.3, in the morning session and Duke, 7:39.1 to 7:47.3, in the afternoon session. The second varsity eight split its races losing to Virginia in the morning session and defeating Duke in the afternoon session.

The varsity four “A” boat finished 14 seconds behind Virginia in the morning session, but defeated Duke in the afternoon. The varsity four “B” boat won the morning race over Virginia, because Duke did not have a second varsity four boat, the fours “B” boat raced Duke’s “A” boat as well as OSU’s “A” boat and finish third.

“It was a long day of racing,” AndyTeitelbaum, OSU head coach, said. “With everything, the weather we had over our spring break and today, we did well and now we must get ready for California.”

Fall Wrap up
The Ohio State women’s rowing team saw its fall season, with only one loss to a collegiate boat, end Nov. 12 at the Rivanna Romp.

Head coach Andy Teitelbaum said he is pleased with the success his team had in the 2001 fall season coming off their fourth-place finish at the NCAA championships last spring.

“We are really happy with the fall,” Teitelbaum said. “Last year we finished at the top of the nation and we felt going into the fall season, on paper, we were even stronger than we were a year ago.”

The team also had two achievements that have never before been accomplished in the history of the young program. First, the varsity eight boat had its highest finish in the Head of the Charles race, finishing fourth overall, the second collegiate boat to finish behind Princeton.

Second, the varsity eight “A” boat finished first at the Rivanna Romp for the first time in that event.

Those two accomplishments showed the team it was able to compete with the nation’s elite.