Week #1: U-M to Officially Kick Off Season at Princeton
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March 21, 2012

Head coach Mark Rothstein (YouTube)

THIS WEEK
Saturday, March 24 -- vs. Princeton and Brown (Princeton, N.J.), 9 a.m.

SCHEDULE OF EVENTS
9 a.m. - Second Varsity Four
9:20 a.m. - Third Varsity Eight/First Novice Eight
9:40 a.m. - First Varsity Four
10 a.m. - Second Varsity Eight
10:20 a.m. - First Varsity Eight

The ninth-ranked University of Michigan women's rowing team officially kicks off the 2012 spring season when it travels to Princeton, N.J., to take on No.3 Princeton and No. 4 Brown for the first scoring race of the year at Princeton's Lake Carnegie. It will be the first race of the spring season for all three squads.

PROBABLE LINEUPS
First Varsity Eight: Colleen Macke (Coxswain), Melisa Ongun, Julia Darnton, Jessica Eiffert, Bryna Oleshansky, Felice Mueller, Emily Eiffert, 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), Jane Petoskey, Lauren Anderson, Nicole Dressler, Nikki Dahlberg-Seeth

Second Varsity Four: Shannon Lynch (Coxswain), Tara Foley, Michaela Keady, Sarah Trovato, Jane Sugiyama

WOLVERINE TIDBITS
This will be the first contest for the Wolverines since they went up against the University of Miami in non-scoring competition on March 3. The race, which capped off a week of training camp for the team, was dominated by the Wolverines -- the team swept all 12 pieces and took both first and second in 10-of-12 pieces.

SENIOR LEADERSHIP
The Varsity squad includes 10 seniors: Ariel Piotter (Bridgman, Mich./Bridgman), April Newberry (Paris, Mich./Reed City), Felice Mueller (Cleveland Heights, Ohio/Pomfret School, Conn.), Olivia Klipa (Wexford, Pa./North Allegheny), Paige Heil (Fenton, Mich./Fenton), Lindsey Healy (Troy, Mich./Madison Heights Bishop Foley), Cristina Felix (San Marino, Calif./San Marino), Emily Eiffert (Honeoye Falls, N.Y./Honeoye Falls-Lima), Nicole Dressler (Ann Arbor, Mich./Pioneer) and Julia Darnton (Ann Arbor, Mich./Pioneer).

WELCOME ABOARD!
This year's squad welcomes four freshmen: Emily Bazilian (Wilton, Conn./Wilton), Andréa Cara (Darien, Conn./Darien), Jessica Eiffert (Honeoye Falls, N.Y./Honeoye Falls) and Shannon Lynch (Lake Forest, Ill./Loyola).

SUMMER ROWING
Freshman Jessica Eiffert competed for the U.S. squad at the Rowing World Junior Championships in August, capturing a gold medal. Alumnae Stesha Carle, Sarah Trowbridge, and Janine Hanson competed at the World Championships over the summer as well.

THE LEADER OF THE MAIZE AND BLUE
Mark Rothstein enters his 15th season at the helm of the University of Michigan women's rowing team. Rothstein has guided the Wolverines to 12 NCAA Tournament appearances and three Big Ten Championships, including back-to-back titles in 2000 and 2001.

Rothstein's staff is made up of assistants Brett Sickler and Annie Knill as well as graduate assistant Nellie Ruedig. Sickler is entering her third year as an assistant coach, while Annie Knill, who spent three years as a graduate assistant for the women's rowing team, is entering her first year at the position of assistant coach. Nellie Ruedig, a first- year graduate assistant coach, graduated from U-M last year with two years of varsity letters in rowing, as well as a double major in economics and philosophy.

RANK AND FILE
Michigan earned a ninth-place preseason ranking from the CRCA/USRowing Coaches Poll Women's Collegiate Rowing Preseason Division I Poll released on March 15. Michigan has the highest rank of the other four Big Ten teams who earned a preseason ranking.

FOLLOW MICHIGAN ROWING ONLINE
Twitter: @umichrowing
Facebook: www.facebook.com/michiganrowing

UPCOMING SCHEDULE
Saturday, March 31 -- vs Michigan State and Yale (Columbus, Ohio)
Saturday, April 7 -- vs Iowa and Louisville (Iowa City, Iowa)
Saturday, April 14 -- vs. Oregon State, Oklahoma, Tennessee (Belleville Lake; Belleville, Mich.)
Saturday, April 28 -- vs. Virginia, Clemson, Harvard (Columbus, Ohio)
Sunday, May 13 -- Big Ten Championships (Indianapolis, Ind.)
Friday, May 25 to Sunday, May 27 -- NCAA Championships (West Windsor, N.J.)

   

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