First Water #4: Michigan to Host Trio Saturday on Belleville Lake

April 13, 2011

Saturday, April 16
-- vs. Buffalo, Grand Valley State, Oklahoma (Belleville, Mich.), 9 a.m./1 p.m.

The No. 14-ranked University of Michigan women's rowing team hosts its lone home race of the season this Saturday (April 16), welcoming Buffalo, Grand Valley State, Indiana and Oklahoma to Belleville Lake. The Wolverines will race Buffalo and Grand Valley State at 9 a.m. and Oklahoma at 1 p.m.

U-M will race five varsity boats: first varsity eight, second varsity eight, first varsity four, second varsity four and third varsity four. Michigan will also field a first novice eight and a second novice eight. Indiana will also be in the field and will race Buffalo and Oklahoma.

Directions to Belleville Lake
Belleville Lake sits within Van Buren Park in Belleville, Mich. For GPS users, enter in the following address for directions to the park: 50745 South I-94 Service Drive, Belleville, Michigan. Upon reaching the park, follow the road all the way to the boathouse, approximately one mile. The boathouse is on the peninsula at the bottom of the hill. Parking is located at the top of the hill.

Schedule of Events
Grand Valley and Buffalo, 9 a.m.
9 a.m. -- Second Novice Eight
9:20 a.m. -- First Novice Eight
9:40 a.m. -- Second/Third Varsity Four
10 a.m. -- First Varsity Four
10:20 a.m. -- Second Varsity Eight
10:40 a.m. -- First Varsity Eight

Oklahoma, 1 p.m.
1 p.m. -- Second Novice Eight
1:20 p.m. -- First Novice Eight
1:40 p.m. -- Second/Third Varsity Four
2 p.m. -- First Varsity Four
2: 20 p.m. -- Second Varsity Eight
2:40 pm. -- First Varsity Eight

Michigan vs. The Opponents
Buffalo -- First meeting
Grand Valley State -- First Meeting
Oklahoma -- First Meeting

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


Last Time Out
U-M continued with the 2011 spring season with the Big Ten Double Dual hosted by Michigan State on Saturday (April 9) on Lake Ovid. The Wolverines raced against Minnesota and Wisconsin. U-M picked up a dominating win over Minnesota with wins in every varsity race and had a good showing against No. 10 Wisconsin with a dominating win over the Badgers in the first varsity four. 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 along with a first novice eight, second novice eight and novice 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 the third weekend of racing. The Wolverines are joined in the rankings by fellow Big Ten squads Michigan State (8), Ohio State (9) and Wisconsin (10).

U-M Hosts Home Regatta on Belleville Lake
Saturday's home regatta marks U-M's first home race since the 2008-09 season. U-M has hosted nine home races since the 2000-01 season, when the Belleville Lake boat house opened, including hosting the Big Ten Championships in 2000-01 and 2007-08. The Wolverines hosted a program-best two home events during the 2004-05 season when they welcomed Ohio State for a dual as well as Iowa, Louisville and Wisconsin. U-M does well on its home course and has an 8-2 record when racing at Belleville Lake, including capturing the 2001 Big Ten championship.

First Time Opponents
U-M will race three first-time opponents in this weekend's regatta. Michigan will square off against Buffalo, Grand Valley State and Oklahoma for the first time in program history in dual-meet format. Oklahoma, a program that is just three years old, was ranked No. 20 in last week's USRowing Coaches Association Poll.

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 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 Trovato (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 stating with the 2011 Big Ten Championship that the Big Ten Championship 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.

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Saturday, April 23 -- at Ohio State, vs. Washington State - OSU Invite (Columbus, Ohio), 9 a.m.
Sunday, May 15 -- at Big Ten Championship (Indianapolis, Ind.)

Contact: Jessica Poole (734) 763-4423