March 29, 2013
Saturday, March 30 -- vs. Iowa, Michigan State (Lansing, Mich.), 9 a.m.
The University of Michigan women's rowing team opens the regular season with a tri-meet against Michigan State and Iowa on Saturday (March 30) at Lake Lemon just north of Lansing. Depending upon the conditions of the lake, the races could be held at Grand River Park where the MSU Boathouse is located.
The Wolverines posted two dominating performances during the exhibition season, besting Miami (Fla.) on March 9 and Central Florida on Feb. 9.
1N: Emma Knorps (coxswain), Nora Shepard (stroke), Adena Coste, Therese Jenks, Hannah Graham, Bridget Karsten, Catherine Sprague-Manrow, Arielle Sanders, Reilley Jones (bow)
2N: Danielle Cipinko (coxswain), Burke (stroke), Kelly Hilk, Sarah Chen, Michelle Hill, Anna Luna Archey, Madeline Shields, Alexandra Trecha, Emily Ritsema (bow)
Michigan enters 2013 ranked seventh in the preseason CRCA/US Rowing Coaches poll released on March 20. The Wolverines are three points behind Ohio State for sixth place, with the two programs listing as the top two Big Ten institutions. Wisconsin (12th) and Michigan State (16th) are the other conference schools listed in the top 20.
U-M selected a six-person leadership council for the 2013 season. The student-athletes making up the council are Colleen Macke, Melisa Ongun, Bryna Oleshansky, Sarah Trovato, Alex Spaulding and Traci Carson.
Senior/junior rower Chrissy Holm was one of the five finalists for Collegiate Rower of the Year in the 2012 USRowing Fan's Choice Awards. Holm was a member of U-M's second varsity eight boat last season and helped the crew to an undefeated season.
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 1v8 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.
Head coach Mark Rothstein is in 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 and 2012).
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 1v8 and 2v8 as well as three of the five athletes from the 1v4.
The Wolverines look to repeat as Big Ten champions for the third time in school history. 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).
Michigan looks to challenge for top NCAA honors again this season after placing as the 2012 NCAA runner-up.
The women's rowing team will travel to Columbus, Ohio, for a tri-meet against Tennessee and Notre Dame. The April 6 races will take place at the Griggs Reservoir on the Scioto River starting at 9 a.m.
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