First Water #5: U-M to Compete with No. 11 Ohio State, No. 17 Washington State

April 20, 2011

Saturday, April 23
-- vs. No. 17 Washington State (9 a.m.), at No. 11 Ohio State (1 p.m.)

Schedule of Events
vs. Washington State, 9 a.m.
9 a.m. -- Second Novice Eight
9:10 a.m. -- First Novice Eight
9:30 a.m. -- Second Varsity Four
9:50 a.m. -- First Varsity Four
10:10 a.m. -- Second Varsity Eight
10:30 a.m. -- First Varsity Eight

vs. Ohio State, 1 p.m.
1 p.m. -- Second Novice Eight
1:20 p.m. -- First Novice Eight
1:30 p.m. -- Second Varsity Four
1:50 p.m. -- First Varsity Four
2:10 p.m. -- Second Varsity Eight
2:30 p.m. -- First Varsity Eight

The 15th-ranked University of Michigan women's rowing team travels to Columbus, Ohio, for the final regular season dual race of the season. The Wolverines will take on No. 17 Washington State in the morning session (9 a.m.) and will face rival and No. 11-ranked Ohio State to close out the 2011 regular season in the afternoon (1 p.m.). The racing will begin at 9 a.m. on the Griggs Reservoir on the Scioto River. The Wolverines will boat four varsity boats: first varsity eight, second varsity eight, first varsity four and second varsity four. U-M will also field a first novice eight and a second novice eight.

Michigan vs. the Opponents
Ohio State -- Series tied, 3-3
Washington State -- Michigan leads, 1-0

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


First Varsity Eight: Jennifer Entin (coxswain), Natalie Eisermann, Emily Eiffert, Cristina Felix, Bryna Oleshansky, Felice Mueller, Emily Idoni, Paige Heil, Julia Darnton

Second Varsity Eight: Taylor Day (coxswain), Nellie Ruedig, Shannon Stief, Lindsey Healy, Shannon Winchell, Ariel Piotter, Chrissy Holm, Olivia Klipa, Lauren Schneider

First Varsity Four: Colleen Macke (coxswain), Priscilla Livingston, Brittany Poston, Carrie Lofgren, Nikki Dahlberg-Seeth

Second Varsity Four: Kate Grimaldi (coxswain), Jessie Rampton, Emily Sullenberger, Sarah Trovato, Michaela Brown

Novice First Eight: Bree White (coxswain), Tara Foley, Lauren Anderson, Sadie Smith, Taylor Schubert, Jane Petoskey, Lena Pfeiffer, Sarah Ziker, Hayley Yudelman

Novice Second Eight: Karli Mayer (coxswain), Michaela Keady, Alexa Serwinski, Madeline Dibble, Alyssa Owen, Abbey Thomas, Hannah Jackson, Allison Endres, Kathleen Duemling


Last Time Out
The Michigan women's rowing team braved the elements in its lone home race of the season on Belleville Lake on Saturday (April 16). Due to weather conditions, there were only three races -- first varsity eight, second varsity eight and a third varsity eight, which was comprised of the first and second varsity fours from each team. Despite the conditions, the Wolverines won each of their races and picked up quality wins over Big Ten foe Indiana as well as No. 19 Oklahoma in the first and second varsity eights. U-M's novices, who did not compete on the race course due to weather conditions, did practice pieces off the course and U-M's novices won each of their pieces.

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. 15 after four weeks of spring racing. The Wolverines are joined in the rankings by fellow Big Ten squads Michigan State (7), Ohio State (11) and Wisconsin (12).

Taking on the Pac -10
Saturday's dual race against Washington State marks the sixth meeting between the Wolverines and a Pac-10 squad. Michigan has taken on Southern California, Washington State and Oregon State during the regular season in the 15-year history of the program. Ironically, each of Michigan's races against teams from the Pac- 10 has taken place in Columbus, Ohio, the site of this weekend's dual races. This is the third consecutive season U-M has taken on a team from the Pac-10. U-M raced Southern California last season and Washington State and Oregon State in 2009. The races against Washington State and Oregon State in 2009 marked the first time U-M had raced more than one Pac-10 opponent during the regular season.

We're Going, Going, Back, Back to Columbus
U-M makes its third and final appearance in Columbus, Ohio, during the regular season this weekend. The Wolverines travel to Columbus on back-to-back weekends to open the spring racing slate. In fact, U-M's furthest trip during the regular season has been to Columbus.

Final Tune-up before 2011 Big Ten Championships
This weekend's race is U-M's final race before it heads to Indianapolis, Ind., for the 2011 Big Ten Championships on Sunday, May 15. This year's championship, which will be held at Indianapolis' Eagle Creek Park, is the first neutral-site venue for the Big Ten Championships. This year is also the first of a new format, which features a seven-lane finals-only race in each of the events.

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 Torvato (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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Sunday, May 15 -- at Big Ten Championship (Indianapolis, Ind.)

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