Week #3: Michigan to Race Iowa, Louisville on Saturday Morning

April 4, 2012

Saturday, April 7 -- vs. Iowa and Louisville (Iowa City, Iowa), 9 a.m. CDT

The University of Michigan women's rowing team (No. 2 CRCA/USRowing Coaches) returns to action on Saturday (April 7) after last weekend's varsity eight sweep against Michigan State and Yale. The Wolverines will face Iowa and Louisville in Iowa City, racing in Terrell Mill Park on the Iowa River.


9 a.m. -- Second Novice Eight vs. Iowa/Michigan State
9:10 a.m. -- First Novice Eight vs. Iowa
9:30 a.m. -- Second Varsity Four vs. Iowa
9:50 a.m. -- First Varsity Four vs. Iowa
10:10 a.m. -- Second Varsity Eight/Fourth Varsity Eight vs. Iowa
10:30 a.m. -- First Varsity Eight vs. Iowa
12:30 p.m. -- Second Novice Eight vs. Michigan State/Iowa
12:50 p.m. -- First Novice Eight vs. Louisville
1:10 p.m. -- Second Varsity Four vs. Louisville
1:30 p.m. -- First Varsity Four vs. Louisville
1:50 p.m. -- Second Varsity Eight/Fourth Varsity Eight vs. Louisville
2:10 p.m. -- First Varsity Eight vs. Louisville


First Varsity Eight: Colleen Macke (Coxswain), Melissa Ongun, Julia Darnton, Bryna Oleshansky, Lindsey Healy, Emily Eiffert, Jessica Eiffert, 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

Fourth Varsity Eight: Shannon Lynch (Coxswain), Rachael Minore, Jane Sugiyama, Carrie Lofgren, Michaela Keady, Jane Petoskey, Lena Pfeiffer, Kathleen Duemling, Emily Sullenberger

Michigan faces Iowa and Louisville after a varsity eight sweep last Saturday (March 31) against Michigan State and Yale. Michigan's first varsity eight and second varsity eight boats finished with first-place victories, defeating their opponents by 12 seconds in each piece. Michigan has improved its varsity eight race times in three consecutive races since March 24, finishing with a first-place time of 6:16.70 against Yale last Saturday. Michigan won nine pieces in all in the event.

The Wolverine first varsity eight crew was recognized for their effort on Wednesday (April 4) when the Big Ten Conference honored the group as its Boat of the Week. Through four races this season, Michigan is unbeaten in the first and second varsity eight, as well as the second varsity four.

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 Sickler 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 holds a second-place ranking from the CRCA/USRowing Coaches Poll, up one spot from last week.  The Wolverines, who earned three first-place votes, trail No. 1-ranked Virginia by 46 points in the rankings.  Ohio State (No. 7), Wisconsin (No. 12), Michigan State (No. 15) and Indiana (No. 20) round out the Big Ten contingent of ranked crews.

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Saturday, March 31 -- vs. Michigan State and Yale (Columbus, Ohio): 1v8 wins vs. both Michigan State (6:18.10) and Yale (6:16.70).

Saturday, April 14 -- vs. Oregon State, Oklahoma, Tennessee (Belleville Lake; Belleville, Mich.)
Saturday, April 28 -- vs. Virginia, Clemson, Harvard (Columbus, Ohio), 9 a.m.
Sunday, May 13 -- at Big Ten Championships (Indianapolis, Ind.), 9 a.m.
Fri-Sun., May 25-27 -- at NCAA Championships (West Windsor, N.J.)