June 1, 2014
Site: Indianapolis, Ind. (Eagle Creek Park)
Event: NCAA Championships (Day 3 - Finals)
U-M Results: Team, 8th; First Varsity Eight -- Grand Final, 5th (6:50.134)
Next U-M Race: Season Complete
INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. -- The University of Michigan rowing team finished in 8th place at the 2014 NCAA Championships on Sunday (June 1) at Eagle Creek Park. The Wolverines recorded 101 points at the championship, finishing 5th in the 1V8, 7th in the 2V8 -- winning the petite final -- and 8th in the 1V4. Under head coach Mark Rothstein, the Wolverines have placed in the top 10 at the NCAA Championships in 12 of 18 seasons.
"Our goal every year is to put three boats in the grand final and we came close," Rothstein said. "It certainly was a very close race for the 1V8 just to get into the grand final. I don't think we had our best race in the final, which is disappointing, but I thought the (1V8) had a good weekend. I'm proud of that group and the way they rallied over the past few weeks."
Michigan returned to the 1V8 grand final for the first time since 2012 and fought for fifth place in a race where 1.663 seconds separated 2nd through 5th place. The Wolverines went out very fast, just behind Ohio State by .007 seconds in the first 500m. Michigan challenged for the podium over the final 1,500m, clocking in at 6:50.134, behind Washington (6:49.645), California (6:48.509), Brown (6:48.471) and Ohio State (6:44.476).
In the 2V8 petite final, Michigan nearly led wire-to-wire, holding off challenges from Washington in the first 1,000m, then UCLA in the final 1,000m to win the race in 7:03.00 and take seventh place overall. Michigan's 1V4 crew rallied from 4th place after 1,000m, chasing down Indiana (7:56.656) and Wisconsin (7:57.298) to finish in second place (7:55.681) behind Ohio State (7:53.049) in the race, and eighth place overall.
"I thought the 2V8 and 1V4 had great races today," Rothstein said. "I thought for the 1V4 to be able to finish that race with a sprint, to go from fourth to second place was awesome. I think the 2V8 had their best race, and won by a fairly solid margin. I thought Liz (Tuppen) did a great job coaching the fours over these last two weeks and Annie (Knill) did a great job coaching the second eights. Both those boats really came together over these last two weeks, and I was really pleased with the results."
Michigan outperformed its seed in each of the three races, as the Wolverines were seeded eighth in the 1V8, eighth in the 2V8 and ninth in the 1V4.
Final Team Standings
1) Ohio State 126 2) California 118 3) Brown 116 4) Stanford 110 5) Virginia 105 6) Princeton 102 7) Washington* 101 8) Michigan* 101 9) Notre Dame 81 10) Southern California 72 11) Indiana 71 12) UCLA 68 13) Harvard 62 14) Washington State 58 15) San Diego 48 16) Wisconsin 45 17) Louisville 44 18) Northeastern* 27 19) Oklahoma* 27 20) Boston University 17 21) Massachusetts 13 22) Jacksonville 6
*Tiebreaker based on results place finish in 1 8+
1V8 Grand Final: Ohio State (6:44.476), Brown (6:48.471), California (6:48.509), Washington (6:49.645), MICHIGAN (6:50.134), Stanford (6:52.927)
2V8 Petite Final: MICHIGAN (7:02.998), UCLA (7:05.603), Notre Dame (7:06.847), Washington (7:08.530), Washington State (7:10.070), Southern California (7:20.936), Harvard (7:32.275)
1V4 Petite Final: Ohio State (7:53.049), MICHIGAN (7:55.681), Indiana (7:56.656), Wisconsin (7:57.298), Princeton (8:07.045), Notre Dame (8:07.649)
Contact: Jeffrey Weinstein (734) 763-4423