May 31, 2015
Site: Gold River, Calif. (Lake Natoma)
Event: NCAA Championships (Petite Finals)
U-M Results: Team, 10th; First Varsity Eight - Petite Final, 2nd (6:36.280)
Next U-M Race: Season Complete
GOLD RIVER, Calif. -- Racing in three petite finals, the first varsity eight had the strongest showing of the day, placing second (6:36.280) in its race to help the University of Michigan rowing team finish 10th overall at the 2015 NCAA Championships on Sunday (May 31) at Lake Natoma.
"I'm really proud of this team," said head coach Mark Rothstein. "We have a really young team, and we had tremendous improvement throughout the year. The vast majority of this team will be back next year, and I think this is something we can build on. For a lot of our rowers this was their first time racing at NCAAs. So having been through it now, I think that's going to help us a lot next year."
With just four seniors on the roster, Michigan finished in the top 10 of the NCAA championship regatta for the 15th time in program history, sending all three boats to A/B semifinals on Saturday (May 30) before today's racing in petite finals of the 1V4, 2V8 and 1V8.
Michigan's second varsity eight had perhaps the most exciting race of the day for the three Wolverine crews. U-M sat back, alternating between fifth and sixth place through the first 1,000 meters of the race before charging into a race for second place with two of the fastest 500m splits in the heat in the second half of the race. The Wolverines settled for a fourth-place finish in the heat (10th overall), finishing in 6:36.280.
The first varsity four crew led off the day for Michigan, in what was another tightly packed heat. The Wolverines were off the starting line in fourth place and challenged California and Stanford for second place throughout the race before settling for fourth (10th overall) in 7:30.335.
The 1V8 crew capped off the day, holding on to second place wire to wire, behind Brown, by fending off a late charge by Washington State to place eighth overall.
"I thought our varsity eight had a good race this morning," Rothstein said. "We were disappointed not to get into the grand final but finishing second in the second-level final, I thought it was a good race."
PETITE FINAL RESULTS
1V4: Washington State (7:24.361), California (7:28.253), Stanford (7:29.455), MICHIGAN (7:30.335), Texas (7:32.551), Notre Dame (7:32.743)
2V8: Stanford (6:32.060), Texas (6:35.180), Wisconsin (6:35.740), MICHIGAN (6:36.280), Indiana (6:37.640), Virginia (6:39.770)
1V8: Brown (6:24.727), MICHIGAN (6:27.251), Washington State (6:29.013), Indiana (6:31.165), Princeton (6:32.405), Harvard (6:34.510)
Communications Contact: Jeffrey Weinstein (734) 763-4423