Event will be held at the Griggs Reservoir Boathouse on Sept. 22
Primarily responsible for coaching the Second Varsity Eight, assistant coach Diana Albrecht will be entering her sixth season with Ohio State. A rower for the Buckeyes from 2002-05, Albrecht has been extremely successful using her own experiences donning the Scarlet and Gray to coach recent Ohio State generations. In fact, her record speaks for itself. In five seasons, Albrecht and the Second Varsity Eight has amassed a 159-66 (.707) record.
In fact, Albrecht had such a successful four seasons as a student-athlete that this past fall she was inducted into the Ohio State Athletics Hall of Fame. She joins fellow inductees and teammates, Conny Kirsch, Maxi Meissner and Karla Fiserova.
Albrecht's hall of fame induction capped a season in which she led the 2V8 to the gold medal at the 2011 Big Ten Championships at Eagle Creek Park in Indianapolis, Ind. That finish helped the Buckeyes win their third conference title in program history. Furthermore, the Second Varsity Eight advanced to the Grand Final at the NCAA championships and contending against many of the top crews in the nation, finished fourth.
The 2008 season was one to remember for Albrecht as well. In just her second year on the coaching staff, she watched her Second Varsity Eight crew accomplish several impressive feats, including winning the silver medal at the NCAA championships. That second-place standing in the Grand Final ties a program-best for the highest placing by a boat in nationals and serves as an Ohio State 2V8 best. However, the postseason finale came as no surprise as the Buckeyes were stellar the entire campaign. After going 10-0 in regular season competition and securing a third-place finish in the Big Ten championships Grand Final, the Second Varsity Eight won the South/Central Region Sprints crown for its second title in school history (2006). With the boat's unprecedented success, Albrecht was rewarded individually as she was presented with Central Region Assistant Coach of the Year honors.
In 2007, Albrecht and the Buckeye coaching staff witnessed program history as the squad finished third in the NCAA championships, the best finish in team history. Albrecht coached the Second Varsity Eight to a fifth-place finish in the Grand Final of the national championships and that placing was instrumental in lifting the Scarlet and Gray to its third-place team finish. Prior to nationals, Albrecht and the 2V8 assisted the Buckeyes to their fifth-consecutive Central Region title after capturing the top spot in the Petite Final.
In addition to her duties coaching the Second Varsity Eight, Albrecht, who returned to her alma mater in August 2006, also serves as the primary recruiting coordinator.
Albrecht was a two-time First Team All-American as a three-year member of the Buckeye First Varsity Eight. She also earned All-Central Region honors, as well as First-Team All-Big Ten laurels in 2004 and 2005. Albrecht helped Ohio State win a Big Ten championship in 2002 and the Scarlet and Gray made four-consecutive trips to the NCAA championships during her career. She served as team captain in 2004-05 and rowed stroke of the First Varsity Eight, helping the team to a fourth-place finish in the NCAA championships.
Albrecht also was recognized for her accomplishments in the classroom as a three-time CRCA National Scholar-Athlete, three-time Academic All-Big Ten honoree and four-time Ohio State Scholar-Athlete. In her final season with the Buckeyes in 2005, she was a Big Ten Medal of Honor Finalist. She graduated with honors from Ohio State in 2006 with degrees in communication and political science.
A native of Dresden, Germany, Albrecht has rowed since 1996 and was a member of Germany's Junior National Team prior to attending Ohio State. In 2000, she won gold medals in the pair and eight events at the German National Championships and finished second in the pair at the Junior World Championships in Zagreb, Croatia.
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