Week #4: U-M to Host Lone Home Event of the Season on Saturday

April 11, 2012

• Coach Rothstein Interview (YouTube): Part 1 | Part 2
Coach Rothstein on WTKA Insider

Saturday, April 14 -- vs. Oregon State, Oklahoma, Tennessee and Ohio State (Belleville, Mich.), 9-11 a.m./1-3 p.m.

The University of Michigan women's rowing team (No. 3 CRCA/USRowing Coaches) returns to action on Saturday (April 14) after last weekend's varsity eight sweep against Iowa and Louisville. The Wolverines will face Oregon State, Oklahoma, Tennessee and Ohio State on Belleville Lake in Belleville, Mich. Saturday's event marks the lone home race of the 2012 season for the Wolverines.

9 a.m. -- Second Novice Eight/Third Novice Eight vs. Oklahoma/Ohio State
9:20 a.m. -- First Novice Eight vs. Oregon State
9:30 a.m. -- Fourth Varsity Eight/Fifth Varsity Eight vs. Ohio State
9:40 a.m. -- Second Varsity Four vs. Ohio State/Oklahoma
10 a.m. -- First Varsity Four vs. Oregon State/Tennessee
10:20 a.m. -- Second Varsity Eight vs. Oregon State/Tennessee
10:40 a.m. -- First Varsity Eight vs. Tennessee/Oregon State
1 p.m. -- Second Novice Eight/Third Novice Eight vs. Ohio State/Oklahoma
1:20 p.m. -- First Novice Eight vs. Oklahoma
1:30 p.m. -- Fourth Varsity Eight/Fifth Varsity Eight vs. Ohio State
1:40 p.m. -- Second Varsity Four vs. Oklahoma/Ohio State
2 p.m. -- First Varsity Four vs. Oklahoma
2:20 p.m. -- Second Varsity Eight vs. Oklahoma
2:40 p.m. -- First Varsity Eight vs. Oklahoma

First Varsity Eight: Colleen Macke (Coxswain), Melisa Ongun, Julia Darnton, Felice Mueller, Emily Eiffert, Lindsey Healy, Bryna Oleshansky, 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), Carrie Lofgren, Emily Sullenberger, Rachael Minore, Jane Sugiyama, Jane Petoskey, Michaela Keady, Kathleen Duemling, Lena Pfeiffer

Fifth Varsity Eight: Andréa Cara (Coxswain), Madeline Dibble, Michaela Brown, Abbey Thomas, Hannah Jackson, Kendall McSweeney, Andrea Johnson, Sarah Basore, Angelle Kettlewell (Rotate in: Samantha Scholl, Alyssa Owen, Kaitlin Cender)

Michigan enters this weekend coming off its third straight victory of the season last Saturday (April 7) at Iowa. The Wolverines 1V8 and 2V8 crews remain unbeaten in six races this season, having defeated several top-ranked opponents already. Michigan's 2V4 boat is also undefeated this season.

The Wolverines first varsity eight crew was honored by the Big Ten Conference for the second consecutive week on Tuesday (April 10), when it was named the league's Co-Big Ten Boat of the Week along with Ohio State.

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 Rothsteinis in 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 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. 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 third-place ranking from the CRCA/USRowing Coaches Poll, down one spot from last week. The Wolverines, who earned three first-place votes, trail No. 1-ranked Virginia by 33 points and No. 2-ranked Washington by 18 points. Ohio State (No. 6), Wisconsin (No. 11) and Michigan State (No. 15) round out the Big Ten contingent of ranks crews.

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Saturday, April 7 -- vs. Iowa and Louisville (Solon, Iowa): 1v8 wins vs. both Iowa (6:50.10) and Louisville (6:45.70).

Saturday, April 28 -- vs. Virginia, Clemson, Harvard (Columbus, Ohio)
Sunday, May 13 -- Big Ten Championships (Indianapolis, Ind.)
Friday, May 25 to Sunday, May 27 -- NCAA Championships (West Windsor, N.J.)