Michigan Readies for Saturday's Clemson Invitational

April 17, 2013

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Saturday, April 20 -- at Clemson Invitational (Clemson, S.C.), 9 a.m.

The University of Michigan women's rowing team will travel to Clemson, S.C., for the Clemson Invitational on Saturday (April 20). The races will take place at Lake Hartwell beginning at 9 a.m.

The rowing regatta will consist of 19 teams from all across the country. The Clemson Invitational has eight teams listed in the top 20 of the national polls: No. 3 Virginia, No. 4 Ohio State, No. 7 UCLA, No. 13 Michigan, No. 14 Clemson, No. 17 Cornell, No. 18 Louisville and No. 20 Duke. The Wolverines will be racing on Saturday only due to finals week at the institution.

1V8: Colleen Macke (coxswain), Bryna Oleshansky, Taylor Schubert, Melisa Ongun, Jessica Eiffert, Emily Idoni, Chrissy Holm, Priscilla Livingston, Shannon Stief

2V8: Kate Grimaldi (coxswain), Alex Spaulding, Emily Sullenberger, Hannah Moscati, Shannon Winchell, Michaela Keady, Lauren Anderson, Ty Wellik, Nicole Flyer

1V4: Kira Rosenbaum (coxswain), Sarah Trovato, Lauren Himmel, Alex Ohman, Andrea Johnson

2V4: Andi Cara (coxswain), Hayley Yudelman, Abbey Thomas, Allison Boss, Madeline Dibble

1N8: Nora Shepard, Adena Coste, Terese Jenks, Arielle Sanders, Halli Travers, Kelly Hilk, Bridget Karsten, Hannah Graham, Dani Cipinko

Michigan is ranked 13th in the most-recent CRCA/US Rowing Coaches poll released on April 10. The Wolverines list nine spot behind Big Ten rival and fourth-ranked Ohio State and are two slots ahead of 15th-ranked Wisconsin.

U-M has been listed in the top 20 of all three polls this season, ranking seventh, eighth and 13th, respectively.

U-M has won 26 of its 34 races (76.5 %) so far this season, including a sweep of all 13 head-to-head match-ups with Michigan State and Iowa.

The Wolverines have earned Big Ten Boat of the Week honors two of the three weeks during the regular season. The 1V8 won the award after defeating MSU and Iowa in separate races during the opening weekend of the regular season (March 30). The 1V4 shared the Big Ten Boat of the Week honors with Ohio State's 1V8 after the Wolverines swept head-to-head races against Notre Dame and Tennessee (April 6).

Seven of the eight rowers in the 1V8 have been in the lineup for all three competitions this season, not including senior coxswain Colleen Macke, who has been in the director's seat for each race this spring.

Macke is the lone returning All-American from last season's squad. She earned Pocock All-America second team honors and was named to the Collegiate Rowing Coaches Association (CRCA) all-region and scholar athlete teams.

Sophomore port/starboard Jessica Eiffert, the Big Ten Freshman of the Year in 2012, has been a member of the 1V8 boat all season.

The Wolverines' 1N8 and 2N8 boats are undefeated in three races this spring.

This year's squad welcomes four freshmen: port Hannah Moscati, starboard Alex Ohman, starboard Halli Travers and port Ty Wellik. All four have competed on the varsity squad this spring, with Wellik and Moscati earning a seat in the 2V8 boat at least once.

On the flip side, the Wolverines have five senior members that are leading the way: coxswain Kate Grimaldi, coxswain Colleen Macke, port Melisa Ongun, starboard Samantha Scholl and starboard Shannon Stief. Macke, Ongun and Stief are members of the 1V8, Grimaldi is the coxswain for the 2V8 and Scholl has been racing with the 3V4.

The women's rowing teams selected a six-person leadership council for the 2013 season. The student-athletes making up the council are Colleen Macke, Melisa Ongun, Bryna Oleshansky, Sarah Trovato, Alex Spaulding and Traci Carson.

Next Week
Michigan will take a week off from competition before returning to the water against fifth-ranked Princeton on Saturday, May 4, at 10:20 a.m. The races between the Wolverines and Tigers will take place at Lake Carnegie.

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