Week #2: U-M Continues Spring with Quad Race Saturday

March 28, 2012

Coach Rothstein Interview (YouTube)

Saturday, March 31 -- vs. No. 12 Michigan State and No. 9 Yale (Columbus, Ohio), 7:30 a.m.

The ninth-ranked University of Michigan women's rowing team will look to build on last weekend's victories over No. 3 Princeton and No. 4 Brown, as the Wolverines will face No. 9 Yale and No. 12 Michigan State on Saturday (March 31). The race will take place in Columbus at Grigg's Reservoir on Ohio's Scioto River. Saturday marks the first of two trips to Columbus this season for the Wolverines.

7:30 a.m. -- First Varsity Eight vs. Michigan State
7:50 a.m. -- Second Varsity Eight vs. Michigan State
8:10 a.m. -- First Varsity Four vs. Michigan State
8:30 a.m. -- Second Varsity Four vs. Michigan State
8:50 a.m. -- First Novice Eight vs. Michigan State
9:10 a.m. -- Third Varsity Four vs. Ohio State/Michigan State
9:20 a.m. -- Second Novice Eight vs. Ohio State/Michigan State
10:20 a.m. -- First Varsity Eight vs. Yale
10:30 a.m. -- Second Varsity Four vs. Yale
10:40 a.m. -- Second Varsity Eight vs. Yale
10:50 a.m. -- First Novice Eight vs. Yale
11 a.m. -- First Varsity Four vs. Yale
11:10 a.m. -- Third Varsity Four vs. Ohio State/Michigan State
11:20 a.m. -- Second Novice Eight vs. Ohio State/Michigan State

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), Tara Foley, Shannon Winchell, Nicole Dressler, Lauren Anderson

Second Varsity Four: Emily Bazilian (Coxswain), Sarah Trovato, Hayley Yudelman, Olivia Klipa, Nikki Dahlberg-Seeth

Third Varsity Four: Shannon Lynch (Coxswain), Carrie Lofgren, Michaela Keady, Jane Petoskey, Jane Sugiyama 

The Wolverines enter competition on Saturday off of a decisive victory last Saturday (March 24) when the team traveled to Princeton to defeat both Princeton and Brown. Michigan took first place in both first and second varsity eight races, clocking a time of 6:34.1 in the varsity eight race -- five seconds faster than Princeton's second-place finish. The Tigers are the defending first varsity eight national champions.

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).

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).

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.

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 Stickler 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.

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.

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Saturday, March 23 -- vs. Princeton and Brown (Princeton, N.J.): 1v8 finished 1st of 3 (6:34.1)

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.)