April 5, 2000

The No.13 Ohio State women’s crew team hosts Big Ten rivals, No. 9 Wisconsin and No. 16 Iowa, at 9 a.m. and 1 p.m., Saturday April 8. The varsity crews for the Buckeyes enter the race rested. The novice crews hosted Louisville Saturday, April 1 and won one of the three races.

The ACC/BIG Ten Double Dual

The No. 13 Ohio State women’s crew team continued its 2000 campaign with mixed results Saturday, March 26 on Lake Wheeler in the ACC/Big Ten Double Dual. Virginia topped the Buckeyes in all four of the morning races. The Buckeyes’ varsity eight was defeated by Virginia, finishing at 6:36.4, behind the Cavaliers’ time of 6:31.1. The second varsity eight finished with a time of 6:51.3, behind Virginia’s time of 6:35.1. In the afternoon races the Buckeyes downed the Tar Heels in all three races. Both varsity eight boats won by 10-second margins. The varsity eight boat finished with a time of 6:38.92, while the second varsity eight boat finished with a time of 7:01.16.

Ohio State’s Varsity Eight
bow: Megan Hura
2 seat: Sam Bomkamp
3 seat: Liz Hellickson
4 seat: Mindy Stauffer
5 seat: Maxi Meissner
6 seat: Connie Kirsch
7 seat: Katie Buttine
stroke: Phae Giblin
coxswain: Liz Heisey

Scouting The Wisconsin Badgers

The No. 9 Wisconsin Badgers earned a sixth-place finish Sunday, April 2 at the San Diego Crew Classic, after placing third in the second heat of the preliminary round Saturday, April 1. The lightweight open eight finished second, following a big win in Saturday’s preliminary round. The lightweight crew competes in the Villanova Invitational in Camden, N.J. April 8. The openweight boat has topped Iowa and Tennessee in earlier races this season. Wisconsin will host the Big Ten Championships April 29 on Lake Wingra in Madison.

Scouting the Iowa Hawkeyes

The No. 16 University of Iowa women’s rowing team hosted the University of Kansas, Kansas State University and the University of Tennessee in a double-dual Saturday, April 1 at Lake MacBride. The Hawkeyes used great rowing conditions with little to no wind to win five out of the nine races they entered. Iowa also has wins over Creighton, Wisconsin, Tulsa, Texas and Stanford after their early spring season.

Scouting the UM Wolverines

The No. 6 University of Michigan Wolverines saw a fifth-place finish for their top boat at the San Diego Crew Classic, April 2. The other two boats finished third in their respective grand finals. Ohio State will not race Michigan April 8.

One of the Best: No. 13

The Ohio State women’s varsity crew was ranked 13th in the Collegiate Rowing Coaches Association and the U.S. Rowing National Collegiate Coaches poll preseason polls. The Buckeyes received 190 points. The crew finished the 1999 season at No. 13 in the country. Other Big Ten schools that ranked above OSU were Michigan (sixth), Michigan State (eighth) and Wisconsin (ninth).

The Griggs Reservoir

U.S. Rowing ranks Griggs Reservoir on the Scioto River among the top five natural rowing sites in the country. Trees protect the racing course and add to the spectator park’s beauty. The course is unique because six boats can race the width of the river at one time.

Fast In The Fall

After a successful fall season, the Buckeyes proved they were one of the top crews in the country, earning a preseason ranking of No. 13. Ohio State finished fifth in the Championship Eight at the first race of the fall campaign, the Head of the Ohio. Sophomore Connie Kirsch placed second in the open singles event with a time of 18:31.6 at the same regatta. The varsity crew finished 18th at the largest regatta of the season in Boston, Mass., the Head of the Charles. To wrap up the fall races, the Buckeyes traveled to the Rivanna Romp in Charlottesville, Va., placing second behind host University of Virginia.
“The fall is where you lay the foundation,” Teitelbaum said. “That is why the crew ended up with a No. 13 preseason ranking. The fall is a different season from the spring. Sometimes when a crew is fast in the fall, it doesn’t mean they will be fast in the spring. We try not to think about that too much and just go out and do our job.
“We expect that the boats will get better with practice,” he said. “The crews are rowing with a lot of raw talent and swing which allows the boats to move faster.”
Even with claiming a spot in the Top 20 crews, the Buckeyes remain focused on the trip to No. 1.
“The program at Ohio State is expected to be one of the best,” Teitelbaum said.

Spring Racing: One of a Kind

The difference between fall racing and spring racing is distance. Fall racing, referred to as head racing, is a 2.5- to 3.5-mile course. It lasts 16-18 minutes typically. The spring course is a 2,000-meter sprint. Because the course is much shorter, the race is normally 6-8 minutes. Head racing involves twists and turns along the river, whereas spring races are the first to the finish line wins. Boats in head races are launched at 10-second intervals to eliminate crashes on the water.

Captain of the Crew

Senior Midge Petraglia has been named captain of the 2000 women’s varsity crew. Petraglia, a 34-year-old mother of two, has recently joined the first varsity eight boat. In the fall campaign, she rowed as the fifth seat. She has two sons, ages 11 and 8.

The Big Ten & The schedule
When five crews from the conference are in the Top 20 of the preseason polls it says a lot about how competitive the Big Ten is, Teitelbaum said. Michigan is ranked sixth, Michigan State is ranked eighth, Wisconsin is ranked ninth and Iowa is ranked 16th.
“There is not a lot separating us,” he said.
The spring schedule for Ohio State is packed with good competition. The Buckeyes traveled to UNC, racing host UNC and UVA the second race of the season. Ohio State hosts conference rivals Iowa and Wisconsin April 8 and Indiana April 22.
“We row early and often so that we are prepared when it matters,” Teitelbaum said. “We are extremely optimistic. Griggs Reservoir on the Scioto River is a great practice facility and race course. There is a buoy line installed in the water with the 2000-meter course measured out. It makes a tremendous difference practicing day in and day out on the course.”

Still Strong
The crew is well on its way to earning national attention with plenty of experience and leadership in each boat. Two freshmen row in the varsity eight boat. Maxi Meissner rows at three seat and Phae Giblin strokes the boat. “Phae brings good rowing skill from Australia,” Teitelbaum said. “It is always a concern having a freshman stroke the boat but she has good experience behind her with junior Katie Buttine and senior captain Midge Petraglia.”
Buttine was out in the 1999 season with a dislocated shoulder and she faced appendicitis after the fall races. The Buckeyes are glad to have her back in the seven seat of the varsity eight as they get the spring season underway, Teitelbaum said. Kirsch, who rows as the six seat in the varsity eight boat, lends a lot of experience internationally. The two-time junior world champion is from Potsdam, Germany.
“This is Connie’s second collegiate racing season,” Teitelbaum said. “It allows her to feel more comfortable in her boat and know what to expect at a regatta.”
Along with Petraglia, senior Megan Hura rows with the varsity eight as the five seat. Teitelbaum said the seniors did a good job during the fall racing season keeping everyone on an even keel for the Buckeyes. The second varsity eight boat has quality experienced rowers with junior Jenni Grubb as the stroke, sophomore Brooke Smith as the seven seat and junior Samantha Bomkamp as the six seat. Senior Jessica Wortman does a good job of moving the varsity four crew, Teitelbaum said. The crew earned a second place finish in the region last spring.