This Week in Michigan Rowing: UCF, Miami

Feb. 6, 2013

Saturday, Feb. 9 -- at Central Florida - exhibition (Sarasota, Fla.), 3 p.m.
Saturday, March 9 -- at Miami (Fla.) - exhibition (Tampa, Fla.), 1 p.m.

The University of Michigan women's rowing team starts the 2013 portion of its schedule with exhibitions over the next month in Florida. On Saturday (Feb. 9), U-M will race Central Florida at 3 p.m. in Sarasota before facing off against Miami (Fla.) on Saturday, March 9, at 1 p.m. in Tampa.


• The women's rowing team heads to Florida for a training trip in preparation for the 2013 season.

• The Wolverines will race Central Florida University in an exhibition on Saturday (Feb. 9), with the races starting at 3 p.m.

• Michigan looks to challenge for top NCAA honors again this season after placing as the 2012 NCAA runner-up.

• U-M returns 13 of 23 rowers from the first varsity eight, second varsity eight and first varsity four that competed at last year's NCAA Championships. Five of the nine rowers return from the FV8 and SV8 as well as three of the five athletes from the FV4.

• The Wolverines look to repeat as Big Ten champions for the third time in school history after winning in 2012. U-M won back-to-back titles the first two years the championship was held (2000 and 2001) and again claimed consecutive crowns during the 2003 and 2004 seasons.

• Michigan has placed in the top two at the Big Ten Championships nine of 13 years that the conference rowing meet has been held. Michigan has claimed five Big Ten team titles (2000, 2001, 2003, 2004 and 2012).

• Head coach Mark Rothstein begins his 17th season at the helm of the women's varsity rowing program. Rothstein's teams have finished in the top five of the NCAA Championships a total of eight times, including two runner-up finishes (2001, '12).

• Sophomore port/starboard Jessica Eiffert will help lead the first varsity eight after earning Big Ten Freshman of the Year in 2012. Eiffert helped the FV8 earn conference Boat of the Week accolades three times last season.

• Senior coxswain Colleen Macke is the lone returning All-American from last season's squad. She earned Pocock All-America second team honors and was named to the Collegiate Rowing Coaches Association (CRCA) all-region and scholar athlete teams.