First Water #4: U-M Heads to Columbus to Race Ohio State, Michigan State, USC

April 15, 2010

Sunday, April 18 -- at No. 15 Ohio State, vs. No. 7 Michigan State, No. 8 Southern Cal (Columbus, Ohio), 10 a.m.

Opponents on the Web
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Schedule of Events

10 a.m. - First Novice Eight
10:20 a.m. - Second Novice Eight
10:40 a.m. - Second Varsity Four
11:00 a.m. - First Varsity Four
11:20 a.m. - Second Varsity Eight
11:40 a.m. - First Varsity Eight

The No. 10-ranked University of Michigan rowing team closes out the regular season in Columbus, Ohio, taking on Big Ten foes Ohio State and Michigan State as well as West Coast power Southern California on Sunday (April 18) on Griggs Reservoir. Michigan will send four varsity boats. U-M's first varsity eight is looking to keep its three-race undefeated streak alive. U-M will also send two novice eights.


Last Time Out

Michigan had an excellent outing at the Big Ten Double Duals in Bloomington, Ind., last Saturday (April 10). The Wolverines raced rival Ohio State and Indiana in the double dual. U-M squared off with host Indiana in the morning and dominated, winning all five races. U-M's varsity four picked up its first win of the season against the Hoosiers defeating Indiana by open water. The Wolverines had a little bit tougher time with rival Ohio State but managed to win three of the five races to take the dual by a slim 33-32 margin. The Wolverines were bolstered by the performance of the first varsity eight, which picked up its third consecutive win and its second consecutive win over a ranked opponent.

Sunday Race... No Problem

This week's race is the first Sunday race of the regular season and U-M races well on Sundays. Last season, U-M defeated Oregon State, which was the first time the Wolverines had a Sunday race since 2000-01 season. U-M also competed on Sunday at the San Diego Crew Classic last season.

Heading Into the Postseason

Sunday's meet marks the final regular-season race of the 2010 spring season. U-M begins its quest for their first-ever NCAA Championship on May 1st at the Big Ten Championship hosted by Michigan State. Should the Wolverines capture the Big Ten Championship it will be their fourth title since the 2000 season. Michigan's best result at the NCAA Championships was during the 2001 season when they took home runner-up honors. U-M has finished in the top five at the national championship six times, most recently taking third place in 2004.

In The Polls

Michigan checks in at No. 10 this week after picking up wins over Ohio State and Indiana at the Big Ten double dual last Saturday (April 10). U-M is joined in the rankings by fellow Big Ten squads Michigan State (7) and Ohio State (15). Iowa and Minnesota are also receiving votes in this week's poll.

According to this week's edition of the cMax rankings, U-M's first varsity eight is the 10th-fastest 1V8 in the country, 11.5 seconds behind the country's fastest eight, Princeton. Last week, U-M checked in ranked No. 7. U-M and rival Michigan State are the only Big Ten first varsity eights ranked in the top 20.

Line-Up Shuffle

U-M has kept a pretty consistent lineup for its first and second varsity eight for the first two weekends of the season, but last weekend the Wolverines did a little shuffling and it paid off. Coxswain Jennifer Entin and Natalie Eisermann rowed with the first varsity eight for the first time this season and with the changes to the first varsity eight lineup U-M won both of its races.


First Varsity Eight: Jennifer Entin (coxswain), Melisa Ongun, Natalie Eisermann, Adrienne Mecham, Ashley Kroll, Lindsey Healy, Emily Eiffert, Lauren Schneider, Julia Darnton.

Second Varsity Eight: Erica Macke (coxswain), Nellie Ruedig, Jordan Peek, Ariel Piotter, Crstina Felix, Felice Mueller, Kristen Henkels, Paige Heil, Olivia Klipa.

Varsity Four: Margaret Deinek (coxswain), Sarah Gribler, Shannon Steif, Maggie Cooper, Katie Grossman.

Second Varsity Four: Kate Grimaldi (coxswain), Michaela Brown, Brittany Poston, Nicole Dressler, April Newberry.

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

Novice Second Eight: Jen Denike (coxswain), Rachel Christensen, Amber Spears, Lee Sova-Claypool, Emily Reimann, Danielle Prentice, Kendall McSweeney, Sarah Kucemba, Ellen vonFoerster.

Michigan Takes On Michigan State... Again!
This weekend's race against Michigan State marks the second time that the Wolverines have squared off with the Spartans head to head this season. U-M opened the spring campaign against Michigan State on March 27 in East Lansing, Mich. The Wolverines typically do not race a team, especially a Big Ten opponent, more than once in a regular season. Michigan raced several opponents twice last season.

Wolverines Against the Rest of the Big Ten

U-M is consistently ranked as one of the top teams in the Big Ten and nationally. This season, the Wolverines received the second-highest preseason ranking coming in at No. 9. The only team ranked ahead of them was No. 7 Michigan State, which enters this season as the two-time defending Big Ten champion. Over the last four seasons, U-M had posted a 9-2 record in duals against Big Ten schools with U-M's lone losses coming to Michigan State and Ohio State. Michigan most recently defeated Ohio State and Indiana at the 2010 Big Ten Double Dual hosted by Indiana (April 10).

Top 10 Opponents
U-M consistently takes on the top programs in the country and this season is no different. U-M fell to No. 2 Virginia in the Big Ten /ACC Challenge and dropped its season opener to No. 7 Michigan State and this weekend will take on No. 8 Southern California. Michigan has a 5-2 record against opponents ranked in the top 10 over the last two seasons and last season opened the spring season with a win over No. 2 Princeton and No. 8 Brown. This season, Michigan will take on five squads ranked in the top 10 of the USRowing/CRCA Women's Collegiate Rowing Preseason Division I Poll.

First Varsity Eight Named Big Ten Boat of the Week

U-M's first varsity eight was named the Big Ten Boat of the Week, the conference office announced on Tuesday (April 6). The first varsity eight defeated No. 11 Clemson and fell to No. 2 Virginia at the Big Ten/ACC Double Dual on Saturday (April 3). The win over Clemson gave the first varsity eight its first win of the spring season. Michigan crossed the line with a time of 6:39.41, more than two lengths ahead of its Clemson counterpart (6:51.8).

Last weekend Michigan's first varsity eight was comprised of: Margaret Deinek (Grosse Pointe, Mich./Grosse Pointe South), 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), Felice Mueller (Cleveland Height, Ohio/Promfret School (Conn.), Emily Eiffert (Honeoye, N.Y./Honeoye Falls-Lime), Lauren Schneider (Rochester, Mich./Stony Creek) and Julia Darnton (Ann Arbor, Mich./Pioneer).

Welcome Home Coach Sickler

The newest member of the Michigan women's rowing staff isn't 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!

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.

Upcoming Schedule

Saturday, May 1 -- at Big Ten Championships (East Lansing, Mich.)
Sat.-Sun. May 15-16 -- at Central/South Region Sprints (Oak Ridge, Tenn.)
Fri.-Sun. May 28-30 -- at NCAA Championships (Sacramento, Calif.)

Jessica Poole (734) 763-4423