First Water #2: U-M Travels to Virginia for Big Ten/ACC Double Dual

April 1, 2010


Saturday, April 3
-- at No. 2 Virginia, vs. No. 11 Clemson (Charlottesville, Va.), 9 a.m./1 p.m.

Opponents on the Web

Schedule of Events
Michigan vs. Virginia - 9 a.m.
Michigan vs. Clemson - 1 p.m.

The 10th-ranked University of Michigan women's rowing team continues its spring season when it travels to Charlottesville, Va., for the Big Ten/ACC Double Dual hosted by the Virginia Cavaliers on Saturday (April 3). The Wolverines will race second-ranked Virginia and 11th-ranked Clemson at Virginia's Lake Monticello. U-M will send a varsity eight, a second varsity eight and a varsity four as well as a novice eight.

Michigan vs. The Opponents
Virginia - Michigan leads the series, 10-5
Clemson - First Meeting

First Varsity Eight: Margaret Deinek (coxswain), Melisa Ongun, Ashley Kroll, Adrienne Mecham, Cristina Felix, Felice Mueller, Emily Eiffert, Lauren Schneider, Julia Darnton.

Second Varsity Eight: Jennifer Entin (coxswain), Nellie Ruedig, Jordan Peek, Lindsey Healy, Natalie Eisermann, Ariel Piotter, Kristen Henkels, Paige Heil, Olivia Klipa.

Varsity Four: Erica Macke (coxswain), Sarah Gribler, April Newberry, Brittany Poston, Michaela Brown

Novice First Eight: Colleen Macke (coxswain), Kaitlin Cender, Sam Scholl, Jessie Rampton, Emily Reimann, Annie Fisher, Martha Alves, Rachael Minore, Cori Meinert.


Last Time Out
Michigan opened its spring season with a dual against seventh-ranked Michigan State and Notre Dame on Saturday (March 27). Michigan's first and second varsity eights both earned second-place finishes behind host Michigan State, while the varsity four took third place. The Wolverines kept pace with the two-time defending Big Ten champions Michigan State in each race, never being defeated by more than a margin of more than five seconds. The U-M novice boats had an impressive season opener, taking first place in both the novice eight and the second novice eight under the direction of novice coach Annie Hildebrand.

In The Polls
U-M earned a preseason ranking of No. 9 from the USRowing Coaches Association released on March 17. This week, Michigan checks in at No. 10 after its first weekend of action. U-M is joined in the rankings by fellow Big Ten squads Michigan State (7), Ohio State (12) and Wisconsin (12) Iowa and Minnesota also received rankings in the preseason poll.

U-M In The Big Ten/ACC Double Dual
This will be U-M's eighth appearance in the Big Ten/ACC Double Dual. The Wolverines have a 10-5 record against teams from the Atlantic Coast Conference in Big Ten/ACC Dual action and last raced teams from the ACC during the 2008 season when they defeated Duke and lost to Virginia. Michigan has raced Virginia, Duke and North Carolina. Saturday's meeting between Michigan and Clemson will be the first ever between the squads.

Wolverines Take on the Cream of the Crop
U-M consistently takes on the top programs in the country and this season is no different as Michigan will take on six squads ranked in the top 10 of the USRowing/CRCA Women's Collegiate Rowing Preseason Division I Poll. Virginia (April 3) and Brown (April 10) earned top five rankings in the preseason poll.

Veteran Presence
Six Wolverines that competed in U-M's top boat at the 2009 NCAA Championships return for the 2010 season. Melisa Ongun (Chicago, Ill./Lincoln Park), Ashley Kroll (Edmonds, Wash./Kamiak), Adrienne Mecham (Lake Stevens, Wash./Lake Stevens), Cristina Felix (San Marino, Calif./San Marino), Emily Eiffert (Honeoye, N.Y./Honeoye Falls-Lima) and Felice Mueller (Cleveland Height, Ohio/Promfret School) all return this season. Additionally, Erica Macke (Ann Arbor, Mich./Pioneer), Natalie Eisermann (Key Biscayne, Fla./School for Advanced Studies-Wolfson), Jennifer Entin (Corona Del Mar, Calif./Corona del Mar), Ariel Piotter (Bridgeman, Mich./Bridgman), Jordan Peek (Jacksonville, Fla./Stanton College Prep) and Julia Darnton (Ann Arbor, Mich./Pioneer) also rowed varsity for the Wolverines a season ago.

Welcome Home Coach Sickler
The newest member of the Michigan women's rowing staff is not really new to U-M at all. This past summer, head coach Mark Rothstein announced that former U-M rower Brett Sickler (2002-05) would be coming back to her alma mater as an assistant coach. Sickler was a member of the NCAA varsity eight that earned NCAA runner-up honors in 2003 and she was also an alternate for the USA Rowing team at the 2008 Olympics in Beijing. Welcome home, Brett!

Oh, Captain, My Captain
Head coach Mark Rothstein named several captains during the fall preseason. This year the Michigan women's rowing team will be led by senior captains Maggie Cooper (Lake Oswego, Ore./St. Mary's Academy), Kristen Henkels (Scotch Plains, N.J./Scotch Plains-Fanwood), Ashley Kroll (Edmonds, Wash./Kamiak) and Adrienne Mecham (Lake Steven's, Wash./Lake Stevens).

Welcome to the Team
There are several new faces joining the rowing squad this season. The Wolverines welcomed a four-member freshman class. Joining the squad this season are: Kate Grimaldi (Sammamish, Wash./Seattle Preparatory),Amanda Langone (Chicago, Ill./Loyola Academy), Katie Grossman (Duxbury, Mass./St. Marks) and Shannon Stief (Mukilteo, Wash./Kamiak).

The Leader of the Maize and Blue
Mark Rothstein enters his 14th season at the helm of the University of Michigan women's rowing team. Rothstein has guided the Wolverines to 10 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 Anne Hildebrand. Strum and Hildebrand are both entering their second seasons with the Wolverines, while Sickler, a former U-M rower, enters her first season on the Michigan rowing staff. Peter O'Neall is the Director of Operations.

Rank and File
Michigan earned a No. 9 preseason ranking by the USRowing/CRCA Women's Collegiate Rowing Preseason Division I Poll released on March 17. The Wolverines are one of six Big Ten schools to earn a preseason ranking. Michigan State led the Big Ten schools with a No. 7 preseason ranking.

Upcoming Schedule
Saturday, April 10 -- at Indiana, vs. Ohio State, vs. Brown (Bloomington, Ind.)
Sunday, April 18 -- at Ohio State, vs. Southern California, vs. Michigan State (Columbus, Ohio)

Contact: Jessica Poole (734) 763-4423