Rowing Notes of Interest

Go Buckeyes!
Go Buckeyes!

Go Buckeyes!
COLUMBUS, Ohio - A fall that was already busy just got busier for the Ohio State rowing team. In addition to the usual routine of fall practice and workouts, the Buckeyes have been heavily involved in several community service initiatives. In preparation for the 2010 season, the Scarlet and Gray already has participated in one fall event at Michigan Oct. 3 and will host a regatta Sunday at Griggs Reservoir on the Scioto River. Races are slated to begin at 12:45 p.m.

Joining Ohio State in races Sunday are Dayton, Indiana and Michigan State. All three squads have been busy competing in fall scrimmages as well. Some notes of interest from the competitors:

  • 1. Dayton - Competed in the Head of Eagle against Chicago, Grand Valley State, Illinois, Michigan State, Northwestern and Purdue Nov. 2. The Novice Eight and First, Second and Third Varsity Fours finished second, while the First and Second Varsity Eights were third. In their first fall event Oct. 11, the Flyers' First Varsity Four won its race against George Washington and West Virginia. The Second Varsity Four was third.
  • 2. Indiana - The First Varsity Eight finished 15th out of 55 teams at the Princeton Chase Oct. 25. The Novice Eight also had an impressive outing with a ninth-place showing out of 45 boats. Most recently, Indiana competed in a scrimmage against Iowa, Michigan State and Notre Dame Nov. 1. The Hoosier Novice Eight won its race to pace the team.
  • 3. Michigan State - Also competing Nov. 1 in South Bend, the Spartans won two races behind their Varsity Eight crews. The MSU B team won the first flight, while the Michigan State A team took home winning honors in the second flight.

Practice Makes Perfect
Earlier this fall, the Buckeyes and Wolverines tested their preseason skills against one another in a friendly scrimmage in Ann Arbor. In rainy and cold conditions, the Buckeyes fielded two even eights that finished second in four of the five races contested.

Badges for the Sashes
The Buckeyes once again proved they are leaders in the community by helping local Girl Scout Troops earn their badges at the French Field House Nov. 8.

With members of the team serving as group leaders, the scouts were divided into groups and took turns visiting different stations. The groups included the history of rowing, proper stretch techniques and rowing skills. In addition, the troops received lessons in first aid and were taught Ohio State rowing cheers and were encouraged to invent their own chants. Ohio State mascot Brutus Buckeye also was there to encourage the young Buckeye fans to participate in the various activities.

Just last month, the Buckeyes walked in the American Cancer Society's program, Making Strides Against Breast Cancer. The team placed fifth overall among nearly 4,500 Columbus participants, raising a total of $7,263.97.

Individually, junior coxswain Erika Benford finished first on the list of top participants, earning $4,200.47.

Prior to that endeavor, the team laced up their shoes for the Light the Night Charity Walk hosted by the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society at Fred Beekman Park on the Ohio State campus. For that event, the Buckeyes raised about $1,200.

Come support your Buckeyes
If you can't make it out Sunday to watch the Buckeyes, don't fret. The spring season officially gets underway against Princeton and Brown March 27 in Princeton, N.J., but Ohio State's first and only home regatta of 2010 is April 18 against Big Ten rivals Michigan and Michigan State and Pac-10 power, USC. For the complete schedule, click HERE.