Week #6: U-M to Head to Indianapolis in Search of Big Ten Title

May 8, 2012

• Interviews: Coach Rothstein | Melisa Ongun

Sunday, May 13 -- at Big Ten Championships (Indianapolis, Ind.), 9 a.m.

The University of Michigan women's rowing team (No. 5 CRCA/USRowing Coaches) will head to Indianapolis, Ind., on Sunday (May 13) looking to bring home the fifth conference title in program history. The event begins at 9 a.m. at the neutral-site Eagle Creek Park in Indianapolis, Ind. Michigan captured Big Ten crowns in 2000, 2001, 2003 and 2004 and was the runner-up four other times, including last season.

The Wolverines enter the event as the top seed in the first varsity eight race and the number two seed in the second varsity eight (behind Ohio State). Michigan's 1V8 boat rattled off an impressive streak of seven straight wins to being the season, capturing three Big Ten Boat of the Week awards in the process. The Wolverines 2V8 boat earned their first Big Ten Boat of the Week honor on May 1 and finished the regular season unbeaten in nine races.

9 a.m. -- Second Novice Eight
9:20 a.m. -- First Novice Eight
9:40 a.m. -- Second Varsity Four
10 a.m. -- First Varsity Four
10:20 a.m. -- Second Varsity Eight
10:40 a.m. -- First Varsity Eight

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

First Novice Eight: Hannah Sherman (Coxswain), Taylor Wallen, Nicole Flyer, Alex Spaulding, Vickie Otto, Micki Johns, Allison Boss, Hayley Tanasijevich, Brittany Robinson

Second Novice Eight: Irene Kitromelides (Coxswain), Krista Roberts, Kathryn Abercrombie, Jenn Jarnot, Lauren Vespoli, Andie Haugen, Alyssa Weeks, Ellie Moeller, Lauren Himmle

Michigan holds a fifth-place ranking in the May 2 CRCA/USRowing Coaches Poll. Ohio State (No. 4), Wisconsin (No. 9), Michigan State (No. 14) and Minnesota (No. 18) 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 is in 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 four 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 28 -- vs. Virginia, Harvard and Clemson (Columbus, Ohio): 1v8 wins vs. Harvard/Clemson (6:18.28) and loses against Virginia (6:33.90)

Fri-Sun., May 25-27 -- at NCAA Championships (West Windsor, N.J.)