May 2, 2014
Sunday, May 3 -- vs. No. 17 Louisville, Michigan State (Belleville, Mich.), 8 a.m./Noon
The ninth-ranked University of Michigan women's rowing team will close out the regular season on Saturday (May 18) with a dual against No. 17 Louisville and Michigan State at Belleville Lake.
Michigan will compete head to head against Louisville for the first time since April 7, 2012, when the Wolverines swept the Cardinals in the 1V8, 2V8, 1V4, 2V4 and 1N8 on Lake Macbride in Solon, Iowa. Michigan and Michigan State met in the first exhibition of the fall season at Belleville Lake on Sept. 13 and competed in a novice-only event on Oct. 27.
"We're looking for continued improvement," head coach Mark Rothstein said. "I think we've had some quality practices, and we'll see how we execute on race day."
Due to weather concerns, racing has been condensed to two morning sessions beginning at 8 a.m. Michigan will have boats in each race, competing against Louisville in the first morning session before racing against the Spartans in the second session (approx. at noon). Ohio State will have boats entered in the 3V4 and 2N8.
"It's great having three really good programs visiting Belleville Lake," Rothstein said. "We're excited to race Louisville in the morning and Michigan State in the afternoon. They're both really good programs and both seem to be on the upward trend in terms of how they've been racing. We're going to have to race really well to have any success against those teams."
SCHEDULE OF EVENTS
First Morning Session vs. Louisville (Unless Otherwise Listed)
8 a.m. -- First Varsity Eight
8:20 a.m. -- Second Varsity Eight
8:40 a.m. -- First Varsity Four
9 a.m. -- Second Varsity Four
9:20 a.m. -- Third Varsity Four (Michigan vs. Louisville, Ohio State)
9:30 a.m. -- First Novice Eight
9:50 a.m. -- Second Novice Eight (Michigan vs. Michigan State, Ohio State)
Second Morning Session vs. Michigan State Unless Otherwise Listed)
10:30 a.m. -- First Varsity Eight
10:50 a.m. -- Second Varsity Eight
11:10 a.m. -- First Varsity Four
11:30 p.m. -- Second Varsity Four
11:40 p.m. -- Third Varsity Four (Michigan vs. Louisville, Ohio State)
Noon -- First Novice Eight
12:10 p.m. -- Second Novice Eight (Michigan vs. Michigan State, Ohio State)
PROBABLE LINEUPS (subject to change)
2N8 (first morning session) - Anna Rode (coxswain), Emily Butte, Kate Panter, Gabrielle Lantis, Amanda Chamberlain, Mallory Jamett, Madison Mottlowitz, Kinsey Vear, Laura Zeiler
2N8 (second morning session) - Anna Rode (coxswain), Emily Butte, Kate Panter, Gabrielle Lantis, Kelsi Harden, Mallory Jamett, Amanda Chamberlain, Mariel Ziperski, Laura Zeiler
Senior Andrea Johnson was among the seven Michigan student-athletes honored as 2013-14 Rachael Townsend Community Service Award recipients. Johnson volunteered with the Michigan From the Heart program at Mott Children's Hospital and helped out at the Polar Plunge benefiting Special Olympics and Victors Day. She also spent time volunteering within the VA Ann Arbor Healthcare System and at Food Gatherers this year.
Michigan is ranked ninth in the most-recent CRCA/US Rowing Coaches poll released on April 30. The Wolverines are one of four Big Ten teams ranked, joining No. 3 Ohio State, No. 13 Indiana and No. 15 Wisconsin.
Michigan's projected 1V8 crew -- Hannah Sherman (coxswain), Jessica Eiffert, Bryna Oleshansky, Shannon Winchell, Chrissy Holm, Amanda Elmore, Emily Idoni, Tara Foley, Louisa Freeman -- is in the same order as it was on April 19, when the Wolverines swept Virginia and Notre Dame in the Big Ten/ACC Challenge at Belleville Lake.
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 leads 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.
Sunday, May 18 -- at Big Ten Rowing Championship (India