Week #5: U-M Returns to Action for Final Regular-Season Regatta

April 24, 2012

Mark Rothstein Interview (YouTube)

Saturday, April 28 -- vs. No. 2 Virginia, No. 14 Harvard and No. 19 Clemson (Columbus, Ohio), 9 a.m.

The University of Michigan women's rowing team (No. 3 CRCA/USRowing Coaches) wraps up regular-season action on Saturday (April 28) after an off-week last Saturday. Michigan will travel to Columbus, Ohio, to take on No. 2 Virginia, No. 14 Harvard and No. 19 Clemson at Griggs Reservoir on the Scioto River. Michigan's first varsity eight and second varsity boats remain unbeaten in seven races this season. The 1V8 crew has earned the Big Ten Boat of the Week Award following each of its last three outings.

9:10 a.m. -- Third Varsity Four vs. Virginia
9:30 a.m. -- Second Novice Eight vs. Clemson/Ohio State
9:40 a.m. -- First Novice Eight vs. Virginia
10 a.m. -- Second Varsity Four vs. Virginia
10:20 a.m. -- First Varsity Four vs. Virginia
10:40 a.m. -- Second Varsity Eight vs. Virginia
11 a.m. -- First Varsity Eight vs. Virginia
1:10 p.m. -- Third Varsity Four vs. Clemson
1:30 p.m. -- Second Novice Eight vs. Clemson/Ohio State
1:40 p.m. -- First Novice Eight vs. Clemson
2 p.m. -- Second Varsity Four vs. Clemson/Harvard
2:20 p.m. -- First Varsity Four vs. Clemson/Harvard
2:40 p.m. -- Second Varsity Eight vs. Clemson/Harvard
3:10 p.m. -- First Varsity Eight vs. Clemson/Harvard

First Varsity Eight: Colleen Macke (Coxswain), Melisa Ongun, Julia Darnton, Felice Mueller, Bryna Oleshansky, Lindsey Healy, Emily Eiffert, Jessica Eiffert, Shannon Stief

Second Varsity Eight: Kate Grimaldi (Coxswain), Ariel Piotter, Chrissy Holm, Priscilla Livingston, Emily Idoni, Cristina Felix, April Newberry, Paige Heil, Taylor Schubert

First Varsity Four: Breanne White (Coxswain), Nicole Dressler, Lauren Anderson, Olivia Klipa, Shannon Winchell

Second Varsity Four: Emily Bazilian (Coxswain), Rachael Minore, Hayley Yudelman, Tara Foley, Nikki Dahlberg-Seeth

Third Varsity Four: Shannon Lynch/Andrea Cara (Coxswains), Sarah Trovato, Jane Sugiyama, Carrie Lofgren, Michaela Keady

Michigan holds a third-place ranking from the CRCA/USRowing Coaches Poll, holding steady from last week. The Wolverines, who earned one first-place votes, trail No. 1-ranked Cal by 33 points and No. 2-ranked Virginia by three points. Ohio State (No. 4), Wisconsin (No. 9) and Michigan State (No. 13) round out the Big Ten contingent of ranked crews.

The varsity squad includes 10 seniors: Ariel Piotter (Bridgman, Mich./Bridgman), April Newberry (Paris, Mich./Reed City), Felice Mueller (Cleveland Heights, Ohio/Pomfret School, Conn), Olivia Klipa (Wexford, Pa./North Allegheny), Paige Heil (Fenton, Mich./Fenton), Lindsey Healy (Troy, Mich./Madison Heights Bishop Foley), Cristina Felix (San Marino, Calif./San Marino), Emily Eiffert(Honeoye Falls, N.Y./Honeoye Falls-Lima), Nicole Dressler (Ann Arbor, Mich./Pioneer) and Julia Darnton (Ann Arbor, Mich./Pioneer).

This year's squad welcomes four freshmen: Emily Bazilian (Wilton, Conn./Wilton), Andréa Cara (Darien, Conn./Darien), Jessica Eiffert (Honeoye Falls, N.Y./Honeoye Falls)and Shannon Lynch (Lake Forest, Ill./Loyola).

Freshman Jessica Eiffert competed for the U.S. squad at the Rowing World Junior Championships in August, capturing a gold medal. Alumnae Stesha Carle, Sarah Trowbridge and Janine Hanson competed at the World Championships over the summer as well.

Mark Rothstein enters his 15th season at the helm of the University of Michigan women's rowing team. Rothstein has guided the Wolverines to 12 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 Brett Sickler and Annie Knill as well as graduate assistant Nellie Ruedig. Sickler is entering her third year as an assistant coach, while Knill, who spent three years as a graduate assistant for the women's rowing team, is entering her first year at the position of assistant coach. Ruedig, a first- year graduate assistant coach, graduated from U-M last year with two years of varsity letters in rowing, as well as a double major in economics and philosophy.

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Saturday, April 14 -- vs. Oregon State, Tennessee and Oklahoma (Belleville, Mich.): 1v8 wins vs. Oregon State/Tennessee (6:38.47) and Oklahoma (6:44.22).

Sunday, May 13 -- at Big Ten Championships (Indianapolis, Ind.)
Fri-Sun., May 25-27 -- at NCAA Championships (West Windsor, N.J.)