Oct. 5, 2002

COLUMBUS, Ohio– – The Ohio State rowing team began its fall season in impressive fashion with its third-consecutive first-place finish at the 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.

Andy Teitelbaum, Ohio State head coach, said that it is always good to post a victory early in the season.

“Its great to win,” Teitelbaum said. “It’s the third year now that we’ve won this event against some really good competition. All the boats went out and felt they had a solid row and that’s what we came here to do. To go anywhere and win, first of all its exciting, but it also helps you through the long days of training. It keeps you optimistic and positive about all the things we’re doing.”

The Buckeyes won the 2001 Head of the Ohio with a time of 14:20.9, edging out Michigan State (14.21.6). The team also took first-place in 2000 (15:44), beating out Boston University, Michigan, Michigan State and Virginia.

Ohio State rowing continues its fall season Oct. 20 with a trip to Boston, Mass. for the Head of the Charles, one of the world’s largest regattas. The Buckeyes finished second out of all collegiate entries at the race in 2001.