First Water #2: U-M to Race 2010 National Champ No. 2 Virginia, No. 15 Clemson

March 30, 2011


Sunday, April 3
-- vs. No. 2 Virginia (10 a.m.), vs. No. 15 Clemson (8 a.m.) (Columbus, Ohio)

The 12th-ranked University of Michigan women's rowing team continues its spring season when it travels to Columbus, Ohio, for the annual Big Ten/ACC Double Dual hosted by Ohio State on the Griggs Reservoir on the Scioto River. The Wolverines will race defending national champion Virginia, which is currently ranked No. 1, and will race No. 15 Clemson. U-M will send five varsity boats: first varsity eight, second varsity eight, first varsity four, second varsity four and third varsity four. The Wolverines will also send a first novice eight and a second novice eight.


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

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

First Varsity Four: Kate Grimaldi (coxswain), Olivia Klipa, Brittany Poston, Shannon Stief, Nikki Dahlberg-Seeth

Second Varsity Four: Colleen Macke (coxswain), Rachel Minore, April Newberry, Sarah Trovato, Michaela Brown

Third Varsity Four: Amanda Langone (coxswain), Jessie Rampton, Nicole Dressler, Kaitlin Cender, Samantha Scholl

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

Novice Second Eight: Karli Mayer (cox), Michaela Keady, Hayley Yudelman, Madeline Dibble, Alyssa Owen, Allison Endres, Andrea Johnson, Abbey Thomas, Kathleen Duemling

Michigan vs. No. 14 Clemson
8 a.m. -- First Varsity Eight
8:20 a.m. -- Second Varsity Eight
8:40 a.m. -- First Varsity Four
9 a.m. -- Second varsity Four/Third Varsity Four
9:20 a.m. -- First Novice Eight
9:40 a.m. -- Second Novice Eight

Michigan vs. No. 2 Virginia
10 a.m. -- First Varsity Eight
10:20 a.m. -- Second Varsity Eight
10:40 p.m. -- First Varsity Four
11 a.m. -- Second Varsity Four/Thrid Varsity Four
11:20 p.m. -- First Novice Eight
11:40 p.m. -- Second Novice Eight

Michigan vs. The Opponents
-- Virginia leads the series 3-6
Clemson -- U-M leads the series 1-0

*Note: This figure includes dual race results since 2000-01 only


Last Time Out
Michigan opened the 2011 spring season with a dual against 13th-ranked Ohio State on Saturday (March 26) in Columbus, Ohio. Michigan's novice boats, under the direction of former Wolverine Annie Hildebrand, claimed first place in both the first novice eight and the second novice eight, while the Wolverines took runner-up honors in each of the varsity races. U-M boated five varsity boats, including a first varsity eight, second varsity eight and first varsity four; U-M also raced a second and third varsity four.

In the Polls
U-M earned a No. 11 preseason ranking from the USRowing Coaches Association on March 16. This week, U-M checks in at No. 12 after the first weekend of racing. The Wolverines are joined in the rankings by fellow Big Ten squads Ohio State (7), Michigan State (10) and Wisconsin (15).

U-M in the Big Ten/ACC Double Dual
This will be U-M's ninth appearance in the Big Ten/ACC Double dual. The Wolverines have an 11-6 record against teams from the Atlantic Coast Conference in the Big Ten/ACC Double Dual. U-M last raced teams from the ACC last season, when it took on Virginia and Clemson in Charlottesville, Va. U-M has raced Virginia, Duke, Clemson and North Carolina from the ACC.

Defending Champs
This weekend's race against Virginia marks the first time in U-M's 15-year varsity history that it has taken on the defending national champion in a regular-season race. U-M has a long history of taking on top competition in the regular season. This season, U-M will take on five teams that are ranked in the preseason top 20: No. 1 Virginia, No. 10 Wisconsin, No. 12 Washington State, No. 13 Ohio State and No. 15 Clemson.

Back in Columbus ... Again
This week's race will be U-M's second consecutive trip to Columbus. The Wolverines will travel to Columbus once more during the regular season for a dual race with Ohio State and Washington State on April 23 at the Ohio State Invitational. In fact, during the regular season, the furthest Michigan will travel is to Columbus, Ohio.

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 which 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 Torvato (Sewickley, Pa./Quaker Valley) and Shannon Winchell (Sacramento, Calif./St. Francis).

Big Ten Championship Moves to Neutral Site
The Big Ten Conference announced last April that starting with the 2011 Big Ten Championships that the Big Ten Championships will be held at a neutral site. The site will be Eagle Creek Park in Indianapolis, Ind., for the 2011, 2012 and 2013 championships. The Big Ten also announced that the format will change to a seven-lane finals only regatta. The date will also be pushed back to the middle of May. This year's championship will be held May 15.

Home Race on the Horizon
The U-M rowing team will hold its first spring home race since the 2008-09 season when it welcomes Indiana, Grand Valley State, Buffalo and Oklahoma to Belleville Lake for a 9 a.m. regatta on April 16.

Saturday, April 9
-- vs. Wisconsin, vs. Minnesota (East Lansing, Mich.)
Saturday, April 16 -- host Grand Valley, Buffalo, Oklahoma (Belleville Lake)

Contact: Jessica Poole (734) 763-4423