First Water #1: U-M to Travel to Ohio State to Kick Off Spring Season

March 23, 2011

Saturday, March 26
-- at Ohio State (Columbus, Ohio), Noon

Noon: Second Novice Eight
12:15 p.m. - Novice Eight
12:30 p.m. - Second/Third Varsity Four
12:45 p.m. - First Varsity Four
1 p.m. - Second Varsity Eight
1:15 p.m. - First Varsity Eight

The 11th-ranked University of Michigan women's rowing team opens the 2011 spring season on Saturday (March 26) when it travels to Columbus, Ohio, for a dual race with Big Ten foe Ohio State at the Griggs Reservoir on the Scioto River. The Wolverines are sending five varsity boats: first varsity eight, second varsity eight and varsity four. The Wolverines will also send a novice eight and a second novice eight. This will be the first race of the spring season for both squads.


First Varsity Eight: Jennifer Entin (coxswain), Felice Mueller, Emily Idoni, Natalie Eisermann, Chrissy Holm, Cristina Felix, Emily Eiffert, Paige Heil, Bryna Oleshansky

Second Varsity Eight: Taylor Day (coxswain), Lindsey Healy, Shannon Winchell, Priscilla Livingston, Lauren Schneider, Ariel Piotter, Brittany Poston, Nellie Ruedig, Julia Darnton

First Varsity Four: Colleen Macke (coxswain), Olivia Klipa, Nikki Dahlberg-Seeth, Carrie Lofgren, Katie Grossman

Second Varsity Four: Kate Grimaldi (coxswain), Sarah Trovato, Shannon Stief, Rachel Minore, Michaela Brown

Third Varsity Four: Jennifer Denike (coxswain), Jessie Rampton, April Newberry, Kendall McSweeney, Samantha Scholl

Novice First Eight: Bree White (coxswain), Sadie Smith, Lena Pfeiffer, Jane Petoskey, Lauren Anderson, Tara Foley, Taylor Schubert, Sarah Ziker, Hannah Jackson

Novice Second Eight: Kristin Calder (coxswain), Michaela Keady, Hayley Yudelman, Madeline Dibble, Alyssa Owen, Allison Endres, Kathleen Duemling, Abbey Thomas, Andrea Johnson


Let's Get It Started
U-M is hoping to get off to a good start to open the spring campaign and is looking for its third season-opening victory in the last four seasons. U-M dropped a hard-fought race to Michigan State last season but in 2009 defeated Princeton and Brown in the season-opening race and in 2008 opened with a win over Duke in the Big Ten/ACC double dual. This week's season-opening race against Ohio State marks the second consecutive season U-M has raced a Big Ten opponent to open the season and is the first meeting between U-M and Ohio State to open a season in the last 10 seasons.

Veteran Presence
U-M returns 13 rowers that competed at the 2010 NCAA Championships. Melisa Ongun (Chicago, Ill./Lincoln Park), Emily Eiffert (Honeoye, N.Y./Honeoye Falls-Lima), Felice Mueller (Cleveland Heights, Ohio/ Promfret School [Conn.]), Natalie Eisermann (Key Biscayne, Fla./School for Advanced Studies -Wolfson) and Julia Darnton (Ann Arbor, Mich./Pioneer) raced in U-M's top boat at the 2010 NCAA Championships and took 11th place. Nellie Ruedig (Concord, N.H./St Paul's School), Shannon Stief (Mukilteo, Wash./Kamiak), Lauren Schneider (Rochester, Mich./Stoney Creek), Cristina Felix (San Marino, Calif./San Marino), Ariel Piotter (Bridgman, Mich./Bridgman), Lindsey Healy (Troy, Mich./Madison Heights Bishop Foley) and Katie Grossman (Duxbury, Mass./St. Mark's) all competed in U-M's second varsity eight at the NCAA Championships that took sixth place, while Paige Heil (Fenton, Mich./Fenton) returns as a member of U-M's first varsity four from last season.

Senior Leadership
The U-M rowing team is under the leadership of seniors Taylor Day (Erie, Pa./Mercyhurst Preparatory School), Natalie Eisermann (Key Biscayne, Fla./School for Advanced Studies-Wolfson), Jennifer Entin (Corona Del Mar, Calif./Corona Del Mar), Brittany Poston (Onsted, Mich./Lenawee Christian), Nellie Ruedig (Concord, N.H./St Paul's School) and Lauren Schneider (Rochester Hills, Mich./Stoney Creek). Each of U-M's seniors is a four-year member of the U-M rowing team and has varsity level experience.

Welcome Aboard!
There are several new faces joining the rowing squad this season. U-M welcomes nine newcomers to the squad this season. Joining the varsity squad are: Nikki Dahlberg-Seeth (Orinda, Calif./Miramonte), Chrissy Holm (North Oaks, Minn./Hill-Murray), Emily Idoni (Fenton, Mich./Fenton), Priscilla Livingston (Wellesley, Mass./Wellesley), Carrie Lofgren (Northbrook, Ill./Loyola Academy), Bryna Oleshansky (Knoxville, Tenn./Bearden), Emily Sullenberger (San Jose, Calif./Prospect), Sarah Trovato (Sewickley, Pa./Quaker Valley) and Shannon Winchell (Sacramento, Calif./St. Francis).

Summer of Rowing
Over the summer, several U-M rowers competed in several high level summer competitions. Current U-M rowers Felice Mueller (Cleveland Heights, Ohio/Promfret School [Conn.]), Julia Darnton (Ann Arbor, Mich./Pioneer) and Cristina Felix (San Marino, Calif./San Marino) each competed in international competition. Mueller rowed to the Under-23 World Championship goal medal in the pair with former Wolverine Ashley Kroll, while Cristina Felix teamed with her sister for a bronze medal in the double sculls in the Central America/Caribbean games. Darnton spent her summer in the Under-23 U.S. Lightweight summer program and raced in several regattas.

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 11 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 Kate Strum and Brett Sickler and graduate assistant coach Annie Hildebrand. Strum and Hildebrand are both entering their third seasons with the Wolverines, while Sickler, a former U-M rower, enters her second season on the Michigan rowing staff. Jordan Harris joins the staff as the Director of Operations, while Matt LeBlanc is in his 14th year as U-M's boatman and rigger.

Rank and File
Michigan earned a No. 11 preseason ranking by the USRowing/CRCA Women's Collegiate Rowing Preseason Division I Poll released on March 17. The Wolverines are one of four Big Ten schools to earn a preseason ranking. Michigan State led the Big Ten schools with a No. 8 preseason ranking.

Saturday, April 2
-- at Big Ten/ACC Double Dual (Columbus, Ohio), 9 a.m.
Saturday, April 9
-- at Big Ten Double Dual (East Lansing, Mich.), 9 a.m.

Contact: Jessica Poole (734) 763-4423