May 2, 2013
Saturday, May 4 -- at No. 7 Princeton (Princeton, N.J.), 10:20 a.m.
The University of Michigan women's rowing team will close out the regular season with a dual meet against seventh-ranked Princeton this Saturday (May 4). The races will begin at 10:20 a.m. at Lake Carnegie in Princeton, N.J.
This will be the first time that the Wolverines and Tigers have squared off in head-to-head competition. The previous four competitions were double duals between Michigan, Princeton and Brown (2012, 2009, 2006 and 2003).
10:20 a.m. -- Princeton 2V4 and 3V4 vs. U-M 2V4 and 3V4
10:40 a.m. -- Princeton 3V8 vs. U-M 1N8 and U-M 2N8
11 a.m. -- Princeton 1V4 vs. U-M 1V4
11:20 a.m. -- Princeton 2V8 vs. U-M 2V8
11:40 a.m. -- Princeton 1V8 vs. U-M 1V8
First Novice Eight: Emma Knorps (coxswain), Reilly Jones (Stroke), Arielle Sanders, Halli Travers, Kelly Hilk, Terese Jenks, Emma Burke, Bridget Karsten, Nora Shepard
Second Novice Eight: Dani Cipinko (coxswain), Michelle Hill, Catherine Sprague-Manrow, Luna Archey, Maddie Shields, Alex Trecha, Emily Ritsema, Kayla Wiggin, Anna Anthony
Michigan is ranked 13th in the most-recent CRCA/US Rowing Coaches poll released on May 1. The Wolverines list 10 spots behind Big Ten rival and third-ranked Ohio State and are one slot ahead of 14th-ranked Wisconsin.
U-M has been listed in the top 20 of all six polls this season, ranking seventh, eighth and 13th for the past four polls, respectively.
The Wolverines have two varsity members and three novice rowers from the border state of New York. Sophomore port/starboard Jessica Eiffert (Honeoye Falls) and freshman starboard Halli Travers (Guilderland) are part of the varsity squad, while Meg Ferris (Port Washington), Ally Futterman (New York) and Bianca Troncone (Eastchester) row with the novice program. The closest team members to Princeton are eastern Pennsylvania natives Stephanie Rakestraw (Washington Crossing) and Emma Burke (Philadelphia), both rowers in the novice program.
Seven of the eight rowers in the 1V8 have been in the lineup for all four competitions this season, not including senior coxswain Colleen Macke, who has been in the director's seat for each race this spring.
Macke is a candidate for Academic All-America honors. She is the lone returning All-American from last season's squad after earning Pocock All-America second team accolades. She was named to the Collegiate Rowing Coaches Association (CRCA) all-region and scholar athlete teams.
This year's varsity squad has 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 twice this season.
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.
Next Up ... Big Ten Championships
Michigan will start preparations to defend its 2012 Big Ten title. The defending conference champion will have two weeks to prepare for the 2013 Big Ten Championships, which will be held on Sunday, May 19, in Indianapolis, Ind. The races begin at 9 a.m.
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