April 18, 2014
Saturday, April 19 -- Big Ten/ACC Challenge (Belleville Lake)
"We're focused on improving each week, and I think the team has a done a great job at that," said head coach Mark Rothstein. "We're excited to race two of the best programs in the country."
Michigan is hosting a Big Ten/ACC Challenge event for the first time since the 2010-11 rowing season, when Virginia and Clemson visited Belleville Lake on April 3, 2011.
The Wolverines swept a Big Ten Double Dual event last weekend against Minnesota and Wisconsin, with the Wolverines sweeping all races in the morning against Minnesota before earning four race victories in the afternoon session against the Badgers.
"We've been working the last two weeks on rowing with better rhythm, being more efficient, rowing with a little bit lower stroke rate, and I think we accomplished that across the board with all of our boats," said Rothstein. "Now we need to find the balance of aggression and efficiency and hopefully we can do that this weekend."
SCHEDULE OF EVENTS (Michigan Races Only)
9 a.m. -- Second Novice Eight - Michigan vs. Ohio State
9:12 a.m. -- First Novice Eight - Michigan vs. Virginia
9:36 a.m. -- Fourth Varsity Four - Michigan vs. Notre Dame
9:48 a.m. -- Third Varsity Four - Michigan vs. Virginia
10:12 a.m. -- Second Varsity Four - Michigan vs. Virginia
10:36 a.m. -- First Varsity Four - Michigan vs. Virginia
11 a.m. -- Second Varsity Eight - Michigan vs. Virginia
11:24 a.m. -- First Varsity Eight - Michigan vs. Virginia
1 p.m. -- Second Novice Eight - Michigan vs. Ohio State
1:24 p.m. -- First Novice Eight - Michigan vs. Notre Dame
1:36 p.m. -- Fourth Varsity Four - Michigan vs. Notre Dame
2 p.m. -- Third Varsity Four - Michigan vs. Notre Dame
2:24 p.m. -- Second Varsity Four - Michigan vs. Notre Dame
2:48 p.m. -- First Varsity Four - Michigan vs. Notre Dame
3:12 p.m. -- Second Varsity Eight - Michigan vs. Notre Dame
3:36 p.m. -- First Varsity Eight - Michigan vs. Notre Dame
4V4 - To be determined
1N8 - To be determined
2N8 - To be determined
The Wolverines will host the Big Ten/ACC Challenge on Saturday at Belleville Lake, an event that will feature four of the top 10 teams in the latest CRCA/US Rowing Coaches Poll. Michigan will close out the regular season in two weeks with a dual event against Louisville and Michigan State at Belleville Lake on May 3.
Michigan's winning 1V8 roster from last weekend will have the same personnel this weekend in races against Virginia's undefeated 1V8 crew and Notre Dame.
The Wolverines' first varsity eight (1V8) earned Big Ten Boat of the Week honors after sweeping head-to-head races against Minnesota and Wisconsin this past weekend. U-M earned a win against Minnesota with a time of 6:34.6 in the morning session. The 1V8 crew improved their time by more than seven seconds in the afternoon session, clocking in at 6:27.3 to defeat Wisconsin by slight open water.
Michigan's 2V8 and 1V4 crews will look different this weekend, as Kaitlin Wright, Karla McDaniel, Priscilla Livingston, and Sarah Hudnall will move up to the 2V8 crew after comprising the 1V4 crew for the first three races of the spring season. Michaela Keady, Emily Sullenberger, Sarah Trovato and Ty Wellik will make their debut as the 1V4 crew, with Emma Knorps as coxswain.
Michigan is ranked No. 10 in the most recent CRCA/US Rowing Coaches Poll released on April 16. The Wolverines are one of four Big Ten teams ranked, joining No. 3 Ohio State, No. 15 Wisconsin and No. 20 Indiana.
The women's rowing teams selected a four-person leadership council for the 2014 season. The student-athletes making up the council are seniors Tara Foley and Bryna Oleshansky and juniors Jessica Eiffert and Alex Spaulding.
U-M has placed in the top two at the Big Ten Championships in 10 of 14 years that the conference rowing meet has been held. Michigan has claimed five Big Ten team titles (2000, 2001, 2003, 2004 and 2012).
Head coach Mark Rothstein is in his 18th season at the helm of the women's varsity rowing program. Rothstein's teams have finished in the top five of the NCAA Championships a total of eight times, including two runner-up finishes (2001, '12).
Senior Bryna Oleshansky earned All-Big Ten second team honors last year and will lead Michigan's first varsity eight along with junior Jessica Eiffert. Michigan's lone returning All-American (second team), Eiffert also earned Collegiate Rowing Coaches Association All-Region first team honors in 2013.
Contact: Jeffrey Weinstein