Oct. 20, 2013
Site: Cambridge, Mass. (Charles River)
Event: Head of the Charles
First Varsity Eight Finish: 8th Place of 39 Teams (17:08.73)
Next U-M Event: Sunday, Oct. 27 -- at Michigan State - novice only (East Lansing, Mich.), 9 a.m.
CAMBRIDGE, Mass. - The University of Michigan women's rowing team had an impressive showing at the 49th Head of the Charles Regatta on Sunday (Oct. 20), placing eighth among the 39-crew field in the Women's Championship Eights race on the Charles River.
"I was very pleased with the results," said head coach Mark Rothstein. "I think that we've been working hard in practice to correct some issues. We made some really good strides today."
Michigan crossed the finish line with a time of 17:08.73, fifth among collegiate crews and 1:09.179 behind the first place Cambridge Boat Club crew. The Wolverines competed against national teams from the United States and Canada, and the winning Cambridge Boat Club crew featuring an international all-star team assembled for the race.
"There were three national team crews that were very fast," Rothstein said. "It felt good to row against competition like that and see where you stack up."
The women's varsity eight consisted of Shannon Winchell (Sacramento, Calif./St. Francis), Priscilla Livingston (Wellesley, Mass./Wellesley), Sam Heron (Victoria, B.C./Claremont Secondary School), Emily Idoni (Fenton, Mich./Fenton), Chrissy Holm (North Oaks, Minn./Hill-Murray), Jessica Eiffert (Honeoye Falls, N.Y./Honeoye Falls-Lima), Bryna Oleshansky (Knoxville, Tenn./Bearden), Amanda Elmore (West Lafayette, Ind./Harrison) and Francesca Derteano (Hyannis, Mass./The Kent School) as the coxswain.
"This was a good checkpoint for us," Rothstein said. "But it shows that we have a long way to go."
In addition to the women's eight crew, Michigan fielded an alumni eight boat for the women's alumni eights race on Saturday. The UM Alumni boat finished second in the field of 36 crews, clocking in at 16:24.31. The boat consisted of Brett Sickler, Ellen Tomek, Stesha Carle, Sarah Trowbridge, Caitlin Campbell, Natalie Eisermann, Elizabeth Godek, Julia Darnton and coxswain Laura Dunn.
U-M continues its fall competition with a novice only event at Michigan State on Sunday (Oct. 27) at 9 a.m.