Michigan Wins 2V8 National Title; Finishes Second as a Team at NCAAs
From top: Second Varsity Eight, First Varsity Eight, Team

May 27, 2012

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Site: West Windsor, N.J. (Mercer Lake)
Event: NCAA Championships (Day 3)
U-M Results: Team, 2nd; First Varsity Eight -- Grand Final, 2nd (6:22.09); Second Varsity Eight -- Grand Final, 1st (6:37.04)
Next U-M Event: Season Complete

WEST WINDSOR, N.J. -- The No. 2-ranked University of Michigan women's rowing team earned a runner-up finish and rowed to a 2V8 national championship on Sunday (May 27) in the final day of the 2012 NCAA Championships on Mercer Lake. It marks the second time in school history that Michigan earned a 2V8 national title and ties the highest overall team finish for the Wolverines (2001).

The varsity four was the first event of the day for the Wolverines and the boat finished in sixth place in the petite final and 12th place overall, earning five points in the standings for the team. Ohio State won the V4 title in the grand final and picked up 16 points.

After more than an hour rain delay, racing resumed and Michigan's 2V8 boat was next up. Needing a win to keep the Wolverines realistically within striking distance for the team title, U-M's second varsity crew did what they have done all weekend and blew the field away from start to finish to close the season unbeaten. Michigan took an early lead in the 2V grand final and held strong for a near two-second victory over second-place Ohio State. The win put Michigan within five points of the championship heading into the 1V8 grand final. This marked the second boat national title for the Wolverines, as the 2V crew won a championship in 2001 as well.

Michigan entered the 1V8 event needing a win and a third-or-worse finish by Cal to clinch the first team title in program history. The Wolverines jumped to a lead early in the race, but Virginia showed the speed they have shown all weekend and rowed to an impressive boat-length victory to clinch the national title for the Cavaliers. Michigan finished the 1V race in second place and helped U-M earn a runner-up finish in the overall team competition. It marks the second time in program history that the Wolverines have finished in second place overall (2001).


 1. Virginia        87
 2. MICHIGAN        82
 3. Cal             78
 4. Princeton       77
 5. Ohio State      67
 6. USC             66
 7. Washington      62
 8. UCLA            62
 9. Stanford        40
10. Yale            38
11. Wisconsin       34
12. Harvard         32
13. Cornell         31
14. Brown           25
15. Notre Dame      20
16. Michigan State  15


First Varsity Eight

Grand Final
Virginia       6:18.72
MICHIGAN       6:22.09
USC            6:25.06
Princeton      6:25.90
Cal            6:27.19
Washington     6:29.11
Petite Final
UCLA           6:28.49
Stanford       6:29.86
Harvard        6:29.89
Ohio State     6:32.69
Cornell        6:33.86
Yale           6:39.75
Third Final
Wisconsin      6:34.67
Michigan State 6:36.10
Brown          6:38.32
Notre Dame     6:40.33

Second Varsity Eight

Grand Final
MICHIGAN       6:37.04
Ohio State     6:38.94
Cal            6:40.85
Princeton      6:42.61
Virginia       6:44.97
UCLA           7:10.40
Petite Final
USC            6:42.97
Washington     6:43.26
Brown          6:45.41
Wisconsin      6:45.81
Stanford       6:46.64
Yale           6:47.58
Third Final
Notre Dame     6:47.00
Cornell        6:48.90
Michigan State 6:49.00
Harvard        6:49.20

Varsity Four

Grand Final
Ohio State     7:13.09
Virginia       7:15.18
Cal            7:21.15
Yale           7:23.53
Princeton      7:26.23
Washington     7:29.20
Petite Final
UCLA           7:23.89
Notre Dame     7:25.35
Wisconsin      7:25.57
Cornell        7:26.48
Harvard        7:27.26
MICHIGAN       7:33.75
Third Final
USC            7:32.59
Brown          7:33.35
Michigan State 7:33.95
Stanford       7:35.33


First Varsity Eight: Colleen Macke (Coxswain), Melisa Ongun, Julia Darnton, Felice Mueller, Emily Eiffert, Jessica Eiffert, Bryna Oleshansky, Lindsey Healy, Shannon Stief

Second Varsity Eight: Kate Grimaldi (Coxswain), Ariel Piotter, Chrissy Holm, Priscilla Livingston, Emily Idoni, Cristina Felix, April Newberry, Paige Heil, Taylor Schubert

First Varsity Four: Breanne White (Coxswain), Olivia Klipa, Lauren Anderson, Nicole Dressler, Shannon Winchell

Contact: Rob Tillotson (734) 763-4423