May 10, 2017
» After a weekend off competition, U-M begins its 2017 postseason run with this weekend's Big Ten Championships, marking the seventh consecutive year U-M has raced at Eagle Creek Park with the conference title on the line.
» The two-day competition has been shortened to a finals-only format for Sunday (May 14).
» U-M checks in at No. 4 in the CRCA/USRowing Coaches Poll this week, first among six ranked programs from the Big Ten.
* Event will air on Big Ten Network on Saturday, May 20, at 11 a.m.
After a weekend off competition, the No. 4-ranked University of Michigan rowing team will begin its postseason pursuits this weekend at Eagle Creek Park in Indianapolis, Indiana, returning to the site of the last six conference championships.
The Wolverines are set for the single-day competition -- after weather forced the cancellation of racing Saturday (May 13) -- scheduled for Sunday (May 14), which will be an eight-lane finals only championship. Michigan has three top-seeded boats this weekend: the second varsity eight (2V8), first varsity four (1V4) and first novice eight (1N8) boats.
U-M has placed top-two at the Big Ten Championships for 12 of the last 17 seasons, including the most-recent runner-up showing in 2015. The Wolverines placed third last spring, five points out of second place.
Of the eight other programs represented at the Big Ten Championships, U-M has already beaten No. 10 Wisconsin, No. 19 Michigan State and Minnesota in regular-season competition and has also seen No. 5 Ohio State in action.
This weekend's championships will stream live on BTN2Go beginning at 9 a.m. The full television broadcast will air on the Big Ten Network on Saturday, May 20, at 11 a.m.
The race schedule, seeding information and lineups can be found below:
Championship Schedule (All times EDT)
9 a.m. -- FINAL Novice II Eights
9:20 a.m. -- FINAL Novice I Eights
9:40 a.m. -- FINAL III Varsity Four
10 a.m. -- FINAL II Varsity Fours
Coxswain weigh-in closes
10:20 a.m. -- FINAL I Varsity Fours
10:40 a.m. -- FINAL II Varsity Eights
11 a.m. -- FINAL I Varsity Eights
12:30 p.m. -- Awards Ceremony
Seeding Information for Michigan Boats
1V8: No. 2 seed, Lane No. 5
2V8: No. 1 seed, Lane No. 4
1V4: No. 1 seed, Lane No. 4
2V4: No. 3 seed, Lane No. 3
3V4: No. 2 seed, Lane No. 5
1N8: No. 1 seed, Lane No. 4
2N8: No. 4 seed, Lane No. 2
1V8: Kat Boyle (coxswain), Kaitlin Wright, Kendall Brewer, Tayla-May Bentley, Meghan Gutknecht, Tessa Yurko, Shayla Lamb, Kalia Krichko, Louisa Freeman
2V8: Alexis Jones, Flick Cain, Sarah Hudnall, Lexie Beemer, Kara Puidokas, Rebecca Joyce, Caroline Hendershot, Rachel Fanning, Kathryn Grotto
1V4: Erika Yasuda (coxswain), Kinsey Vear, Abby Vare, Victoria Glunt, Susie Stevens
2V4: Lilly Miller (coxswain), Kathleen Peng, Rae Oleshansky, Grace Gagliardi, Lauren Gilbert
3V4: Amy Zhang (coxswain), Laura Foster, Karla McDaniel, Mallory Jamett, Emily Krebs
1N8: Jillian Zull (coxswain), Madeleine Schneider, Perry Bower, Anahera Nin, Madison Byrd, Tate Aronstein, Sadie Staudacher, Alexandra Lorenz, Emma Dietz
2N8: Mollie Fox (coxswain), Haley Dennison, Anna Valine, Anna Wilgenburg, Jasmine Smith, Lilia Duncan, Maurgan Lee, Erica Whiting, Samantha Rogers
THINGS TO KNOW
This weekend's regatta represents the start of the 2017 postseason for U-M. The Wolverines seek their sixth Big Ten team championship -- the team currently has five conference titles in the trophy case, with the last coming five years ago (2000, 2001, 2003, 2004 and 2012).
Michigan's 1V8 has 16 race wins on the spring season, finishing ahead of nationally ranked crews from No. 6 Yale, No. 8 Stanford, No. 17 Duke, No. 18 Harvard, No. 19 Michigan State and Notre Dame and Louisville, which are both receiving votes in the latest poll. The U-M 1V8 boat's fastest time of the year came in a loss to Washington (6:14.99).
After opening the season at No. 4, the team's best preseason ranking in more than 10 years, U-M has occupied a top-five placing all season, and the Wolverines remain at No. 4 in this week's latest edition (May 10). Among the six ranked Big Ten teams, U-M is the highest ranked and one of two top-five programs.
Among the roster's top returning athletes, eight of nine 1V8 competitors from last spring are back: Louisa Freeman, Kaitlin Wright, Kendall Brewer, Tessa Yurko, Shayla Lamb, Lexie Beemer, Meghan Gutknecht and Flick Cain. Brewer, Wright (first team), Yurko and Freeman (second team) return with All-Big Ten honors from last year's championships.
Michigan's 1V8 boat earned Big Ten Boat of the Week honors last month (April 11) after defeating Minnesota and No. 11 Wisconsin in the two fastest races of the Big Ten Double Dual. It marked the first spring conference award for U-M.
Head coach Mark Rothstein is in his 21st season at the helm of the program that he help build from a club team to a varsity powerhouse. He has coached eight teams to top-five NCAA Championship finishes, including two second-place finishes (2001, 2012). He has been recognized as the Big Ten Coach of the Year on four occasions and was named CRCA National Coach of the Year in 2001.
Michigan Athletics honored more than 400 student-athletes at the Academic Celebration last month (April 10), including more than 30 U-M rowers. Lexie Beemer, Kinsey Vear, Catherine Olson and Kathleen Peng were among those to receive highest academic honors.
Sophomore Caroline Hendershot has always found competitiveness to be a key in her development as a student and as an athlete. She talked about how that competitive fire has played into her ascending career in and out of the classroom in last week's Scholar Story.
U-M alumnus and Hall of Honor inductee Kate Johnson (Class of 2001), who graduated U-M with a degree in political science and now works as vice president of global marketing for Visa, was named to Sports Business Journal's Forty under 40 list earlier this month and shared about the experience in a podcast interview.
A LOOK AHEAD
Fri-Sun., May 26-28 -- at NCAA Championships (West Windsor, N.J.)
Tweet of the Week
Thank you Coach Beilein for taking the time to truly inspire our team as we head into B1G... https://t.co/gAZE4vCRDF
-- Michigan Rowing (@umichrowing) May 9, 2017
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