Jan. 16, 2001

Columbus, Ohio – The Ohio State women’s rowing team was joined by three highly-regarded rowers with international experience this quarter. Natalie Legge (Fr., Sydney, Australia), Sisse Johansen (Fr., Bagsvaerd, Denmark) and Karla Fiserova (Fr., Jindrichuv, Czech. Republic) joined the Buckeyes in January. All three have represented their respective countries as members of under-23 national teams.

Legge rowed for the Australian under-23 national team in Denmark last summer. Fiserova rowed on the under-23 Czech Republic team in the double and competed at the Olympic trials. Johansen was a member of the under-23 Denmark team.

“They are all very strong rowers, obviously,” head coach Andrew Teitelbaum said. “They add a lot of depth to our program. They will help in the top two boats. I expect at least one, if not all, to make the “A” boat.”

Fiserova is 5-6, but has surprising strength, Teitelbaum said.

“Karla is very strong, despite her size,” he said. “Her best 2k time is 6:51. Aerobically, her endurance, her fitness and her strength, are phenomenal.”

Because the Australian climate is conducive to outdoor rowing, Legge has more on-water experience than many rowers. She also will give the Buckeyes added strength.

“Natalie, like most Australian (rowers), rows the boat extremely well,” Teitelbaum said. “They spend a lot of time on the water because they have rowing conditions all year long. She is also quite strong. She’s broke seven minutes for the two-kilometer on the ergometer. She is equally adept at moving the shell as she is pulling a good ergometer score.”

Johansen is not quite as strong as the other two signees, but she has put up big results.

“Sisse’s strength is her ability to move a boat,” Teitelbaum said. “She’s not as strong as the other two, but she has demonstrated in her international rowing experience that she can obviously move a shell. She raced in a quad for Denmark when they won a bronze two years ago at the under-23 world championships.” OSU will open the spring portion of their schedule March 24 in Charlottesville, Va. where it will compete against Virginia and North Carolina.