May 14, 2015
• Game Notes (including schedule of events and boat seedings)
Saturday, May 16 -- at Big Ten Championships - Heats (Indianapolis, Ind.), 5 p.m.
Sunday, May 17 -- at Big Ten Championships - Finals (Indianapolis, Ind.), 9 a.m.
The 12th-ranked University of Michigan rowing team returns to Eagle Creek Park in Indianapolis, Indiana, for the 2015 Big Ten Championships this weekend. For the first time ever, the event will be held over two days, with races starting at 5 p.m. on Saturday (May 16) in heats before finals on Sunday (May 17) morning starting at 9 a.m.
Michigan has ramped up its training on the water over the past two weeks in preparation for the weekend and beyond in what the team terms "Camp Wolverine."
"The team is training really hard, and they've done a good job," said head coach Mark Rothstein. "I've been happy with how they've responded to what we've asked of them. It's been a fun couple of weeks."
U-M has placed in the top two at the Big Ten Championships in 11 of 15 years that the conference rowing meet has been held, including a second-place finish at the 2014 Big Ten Championships. Michigan has claimed five Big Ten team titles (2000, 2001, 2003, 2004 and 2012).
This season, the Wolverines have raced against four of seven Big Ten opponents this spring, including a Big Ten Double Dual against Indiana and Iowa on Belleville Lake on April 11 and races against Ohio State and Michigan State on the Griggs Reservoir (Ohio) on April 25. Michigan's 1V4 crew had the best record (3-1), winning head-to-head races against Indiana and Iowa and finishing ahead of MSU and second to OSU on April 25.
"We know we're racing against some of the best teams in the country," Rothstein said. "We've raced Ohio State, Indiana, Michigan State, and Iowa. But we haven't seen some of the others. We're really excited to race against all of the teams. I think this is going to be a really good competition."
Michigan last raced on May 2 against Louisville, in its regular-season finale at Belleville Lake. The Wolverines had the winning boat in all four varsity races with the first varsity eight crew -- Hannah Sherman (coxswain), Felicity Cain, Louisa Freeman, Jessica Eiffert, Kendall Brewer, Alex Spaulding, Karla McDaniel, Kaitlin Wright and Sarah Hudnall -- earning a decisive win over the Cardinals, clocking in at 6:24.10 for an open-water win over Louisville (6:34.50).
Michigan's second varsity four crew notched the Wolverines' first win, recording the best time of the day amongst the fours with a 7:16.00 finish. Next, Michigan's first varsity four won convincingly in 7:17.50, followed by Michigan's second varsity eight, which pulled away from Louisville late to win by half a boat length in 6:30.10.
Nadia Roohparvar (coxswain), Halli Travers, Laura Foster, Kelsi Harden, Lauren Gilbert
Michelle Kraus (coxswain), Beth Williams, Brita Sharef, Riely Kuznicki, Lillian Hochman
Novice Eight Crews
Noa Rothstein (coxswain), Hannah Bashore, Kalia Krichko, Jackie Dallier, Colleen Gaffney, Haley Zapolski, Kaitlyn Mills, Georgia Williams, Olivia Flessland
Alexis Jones (coxswain), Rebecca Martin, Madeleine Grossi, Hannah Hodges, Bhillie Luciani, Rebecca Sorgenfrei, Emily Svitek, Bridget Hennessy, Madeline Rocco
• Senior port/starboard Jessica Eiffert earned Pocock All-America first team honors as well as All-Big Ten second team honors last year and leads Michigan's first varsity eight along with senior coxswain Hannah Sherman, who was a CRCA All-Central Region second team selection last season. Michigan's most decorated rower, Eiffert rowed in the stroke seat all spring before a move to the six seat in a dual race against Louisville on May 2.
• Three Michigan rowers were invited to the 2015 USRowing U23 National Team Selection Camp. Freshman Kendall Brewer and seniors Jessica Eiffert and Alex Spaulding will attend the camp, beginning on June 7 at Princeton University in preparation for the World Rowing Under 23 Championships from July 22-26 in Plovdiv, Bulgaria. Last summer, Eiffert earned two medals, gold in the women's eight and silver in the women's pair, as a member of the USRowing team at the 2014 World Rowing U23 Championships in Varese, Italy.
• Michigan was ranked No. 12 in the latest USRowing/ Collegiate Rowing Coaches Association poll, one of four Big Ten teams in the polls, joining Ohio State (No. 1), Wisconsin (No. 8) and Indiana (No. 13).
• Michigan's 1V8 crew is the 13th fastest in the nation according to the latest cMax rankings, which uses a mathematical model that compares finishing times with other crews considering: 1) general race conditions (distance, current, wind, etc.), 2) date of the race (more recent races count more than races earlier in the season), and 3) whether the team was "pressed" in the race.
• Senior Alex Spaulding was honored with the 2014-15 Rachael Townsend Leadership Award in April, given to an individual student-athlete at Michigan that has made significant contributions to their community as an inspirational leader inside and outside of the locker room encouraging their peers and teammates to serve. Spaulding volunteered with the Michigan From the Heart program at Mott Children's Hospital and worked with the United Way.
• The women's rowing team selected seniors Jessica Eiffert and Alex Spaulding as captains for the 2015 season. Eiffert and Spaulding were both members of the team's Leadership Council as juniors last season.
• Head coach Mark Rothstein is in his 19th 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). Coaching Michigan women's rowing for 24 seasons -- five club and 19 varsity -- Rothstein has made the Wolverines one of the most respected programs in the country. He is a four-time Big Ten Coach of the Year honoree, and was named CRCA National Coach of the Year in 2001.
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