March 27, 2014
Saturday, March 29 -- at No. 1 Ohio State (East Columbus, Ohio), 9 a.m.
The 12th-ranked University of Michigan women's rowing team opens the spring season this Saturday (March 29) against No. 1 Ohio State. The races will be held at the Griggs Reservoir on the Scioto River starting at 10 a.m. in Columbus, Ohio.
"Obviously, it's a big challenge racing the No. 1 team in the nation and defending national champions," Michigan head coach Mark Rothstein said. "It's going to be a good test for us early on. We're going to be racing Ohio State at least three times this year, so we want to do well. We're trying to keep it in perspective, but we're also very excited to race."
With Belleville Lake still partially frozen, Michigan will race on a course without ice for the first time since the team's final exhibition race against Miami on March 8 in Tampa, Fla.
"We're looking forward to rowing on a body of water without ice," Rothstein said. "It's hard to run practice because we've only had a portion of lake open. We've prepared as well as we could given the weather and we're excited to race."
SCHEDULE OF EVENTS
10 a.m. -- Second Novice Eight
10:15 a.m. -- First Novice Eight
10:30 a.m. -- Third Varsity Four, Fourth Varsity Four
10:45 a.m. -- Second Varsity Four
11 a.m. -- First Varsity Four
11:15 a.m. -- Second Varsity Eight
11:30 a.m. -- First Varsity Eight
1N: Sierra Bain (Coxswain), Jordan Scott, Kara Puidokas, Johanna Buschhaus, Susie Stevens, Emily Butte, Mariel Ziperski, Gabrielle Lantis, Kate Panter
2N: Anna Rode (Coxswain), Mallory Jammett, Laura Zeiler, Lauren Gilbert, Kelsi Harden, Ally Futterman, Madison Mottlowitz, Kinsey Vear, Amanda Chamberlain
This is the first spring season dual regatta between Michigan and Ohio State since March 26, 2011. The Buckeyes are the defending national champions.
The Wolverines are in search of their first 1V8 and 2V8 wins over Ohio State since finishing ahead of the Buckeyes in both events at the 2012 NCAA Semifinals on May 26, 2012.
Michigan and Ohio State met in a fall exhibition regatta at Belleville Lake on Oct. 6, 2013, with the Buckeyes winning nine of 10 races. The teams raced two flights with four-minute pieces, with Michigan's C boat earning the win against Ohio State's C and D crews.
U-M returns 16 of 23 rowers from the first varsity eight, second varsity eight and first varsity four that competed at last year's NCAA Championships. Six of the nine rowers return from the 1N8 and 2N8 as well as four of the five athletes from the 1V4.
Michigan has placed in the top two at the Big Ten Championships in 10 of 14 years that the conference rowing meet has been held. Michigan has claimed five Big Ten team titles (2000, 2001, 2003, 2004 and 2012).
Coach Rothstein is in his 18th 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).
Senior port/starboard Bryna Oleshansky earned All-Big Ten second team honors last year and will lead Michigan's first varsity eight along with junior port/starboard Jessica Eiffert. Michigan's lone returning All-American (second team), Eiffert also earned Collegiate Rowing Coaches Association All-Region first team honors in 2013.