First Water #3: U-M to Face No. 10 Wisconsin, Minnesota at Big Ten Double Dual

April 6, 2011


Saturday, April 9 -- vs. Minnesota, vs. No. 10 Wisconsin (East Lansing, Mich.), 9 a.m./1 p.m.
Wisconsin Site | Minnesota Site


Michigan vs. Minnesota (9 a.m.)

8:45 a.m. -- Novice Four
9 a.m. -- Second Novice Eight
9:30 am. -- First Novice Eight
10 a.m. -- Second/Third Varsity Four
10:30 a.m. -- Varsity Four
11 a.m. -- Second Varsity Eight
11:30 -- First Varsity Eight

Michigan vs. No. 10 Wisconsin (1 p.m.)

12:45 p.m. -- Novice Four
1 p.m. -- Second Novice Eight
1:30 am. -- First Novice Eight
2 p.m. -- Second/Third Varsity Four
2:30 p.m. -- Varsity Four
3 p.m. -- Second Varsity Eight
3:30 -- First Varsity Eight

The 14th-ranked University of Michigan women's rowing team heads to East Lansing, Mich., on Saturday (April 9) for the annual Big Ten Double Dual hosted by Michigan State on Lake Ovid. The Wolverines will take on Minnesota (9 a.m.) and will close the day with races against No. 10 Wisconsin (1 p.m.). U-M will send five varsity boats: first varsity eight, second varsity eight, first varsity four, second varsity four and third varsity four. U-M will also field a first novice eight, a second novice eight, and a novice four.

Michigan vs. The Opponents
Minnesota -- U-M leads the series 1-0
Wisconsin -- U-M leads the series 3-0

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


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

Second Varsity Eight: Taylor Day (coxswain), Nellie Ruedig, Shannon Winchell, Ariel Piotter, Lauren Schneider, Lindsey Healy, Chrissy Holm, Olivia Klipa, Carrie Lofgren

First Varsity Four: Colleen Macke (coxswain), Priscilla Livingston, Brittany Poston, Shannon Stief, Nikki Dahlberg-Seeth

Second Varsity Four: Kate Grimaldi (coxswain), Rachel Minore, Emily Sullenberger, Sarah Trovato, Michaela Brown

Third Varsity Four: Jennifer Denike (coxswain), Jessie Rampton, April Newberry, Kendall McSweeney, Sarah Kucemba

Novice First Eight: Bree White (coxswain), Tara Foley, Lauren Anderson, Sadie Smith, Taylor Schubert, Jane Petoskey, Lena Pfeiffer, Sarah Ziker, Hayley Yudelman

Novice Second Eight: Karli Mayer (coxswain), Michaela Keady, Alyssa Owen, Madeline Dibble, Hannah Jackson, Abbey Thomas, Andrea Johnson, Allison Endres, Kathleen Duemling

Novice Four: Kristin Calder (coxswain), Katarina Fabre, Olivia Cote, Hannah Walsh (morning)/Jenna Sanfilippo (afternoon), Angelle Kettlewell


Last Time Out
Michigan continued the 2011 spring season with the annual Big Ten/ACC Double Dual against No. 2 Virginia and No. 14 Clemson on Sunday (April 3) on the Griggs Reservoir on the Scioto River in Columbus, Ohio. The Wolverines earned wins in the first and second varsity four against Clemson in the morning races while dropping each of their races to Virginia. 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. 14 after two weekends on the water. The Wolverines are joined in the rankings by fellow Big Ten squads Michigan State (8), Ohio State (9) and Wisconsin (10).

U-M in the Big Ten Double Dual
This will be U-M's fifth consecutive appearance in the Big Ten Double Dual. The Wolverines have a 7-1 record in the event and last dropped a race to Ohio State during the 2006-07 event held in East Lansing, Mich. Michigan has raced Big Ten counterparts Indiana, Ohio State, Iowa and Wisconsin in the Big Ten Double Dual. U-M will take on Minnesota and Wisconsin at this year's event. The Wolverines race against Minnesota is the first regular-season meeting between the teams since 2007-08 and only the second meeting since the 2000-01 season. U-M will race Wisconsin in the regular season for the first time since 2008-09 and for the fourth overall time since the 2000-01 season.

Not in Columbus This Weekend
This week's race is one of only two weekends in the regular season that the Wolverines will not be taking up residence in Columbus, Ohio. The Wolverines spent the first two weekends of the spring season in Columbus, opening the season with a dual meet against the Buckeyes and last week traveling back to Columbus for the Big Ten/ACC Double Dual. Although they will not be in Columbus, they will be in enemy territory in East Lansing for the Big Ten Double Dual against Minnesota and Wisconsin.

Home Race on the Horizon
Mark your calendars for April 16. The U-M rowing team will hold its first spring home race since the 2008-09 season when the Wolverines welcome Indiana, Grand Valley State, Buffalo and Oklahoma to Belleville Lake for a regatta. The racing schedule is set to begin at 9 a.m.

Veteran Presence
U-M returns 12 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), and Lindsey Healy (Troy, Mich./Madison Heights Bishop Foley) all competed in U-M's second varsity eight which took sixth place at the NCAA Championships, 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!
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 in 2011 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.

Saturday, April 16 -- Grand Valley, Buffalo, Oklahoma (Belleville, Mich.)
Saturday, April 23 -- Ohio State, Washington State (Columbus, Ohio)

Contact: Jessica Poole (734) 763-4423