First Water #7: Wolverines Set for NCAA Championships

May 27, 2010

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Fri-Sun., May 28-30 -- at 2010 NCAA Championships (Lake Natoma- Gold River, Calif.)

The No. 11-ranked University of Michigan women's rowing team heads to the Gold River, Calif., to do battle with 15 of the top crews in the country for team and boat titles at the 2010 NCAA Championships. U-M will start competition on Friday (May 28) at 8:45 a.m. with racing continuing through Saturday (May 29) and Sunday (May 30). U-M's appearance in the NCAA Championships is the program's second consecutive and its 10th overall. U-M is coming off a fourth-place showing at the Central/South Region Sprints (May 15-16) and a third-place finish in the Central Region. The Wolverines are seeded No. 11 in the first varsity eight, No. 10 in the second varsity eight and No. 12 in the first varsity four.

NCAA Championships on the Web
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Schedule of Events

Friday, May 28
8:45 a.m. -- First Varsity Eight Heat 1 - California, Southern California, Michigan State, Washington, Washington State
9 a.m. -- First Varsity Eight Heat 2 - Yale, Stanford, Brown, Michigan, Wisconsin
9:15 a.m. -- First Varsity Eight Heat 3 - Virginia, Princeton, UCLA, Clemson, Tennessee, Ohio State
9: 30 a.m. -- Second Varsity Eight Heat 1 - Princeton, Virginia, Yale, Clemson, Tennessee
9: 45 a.m. -- Second Varsity Eight Heat 2 - Stanford, California, Wisconsin, Washington State, Michigan
10 a.m. -- Second Varsity Eight Heat 3 - Washington, Brown, Ohio State, Michigan, Southern California, UCLA
10: 15 a.m. -- First Varsity Four Heat 1 - Virginia, California, Michigan State, Michigan, Clemson
10:30 a.m. -- First Varsity Four Heat 2 - Washington, Yale, UCLA, Southern California, Washington State
10:45 a.m. -- First Varsity Four Heat 3 - Brown, Wisconsin, Princeton, Stanford, Ohio State, Tennessee
3:30 p.m. -- First Varsity Eight Repechage
3:45 p.m. -- Second Varsity Eight Repechage
4 p.m. -- First Varsity Four Repechage

Saturday, May 29
9 a.m. -- First Varsity Eight Semifinal 1
9:15 a.m. -- Second Varsity Eight Semifinal 2
9:30 a.m. -- Second Varsity Eight Semifinal 1
9:45 a.m. -- Second Varsity Eight Semifinal 2
10 a.m. -- First Varsity Four Semifinal 1
10:15 a.m. -- First Varsity Four Semifinal 2

Sunday, May 30
9:45 a.m. -- First Varsity Four Third Final
10 a.m. -- First Varsity Four Petite Final
10:15 a.m. -- First Varsity Four Grand Final
10:30 a.m. -- Second Varsity Eight Third Final
10:45 a.m. -- Second Varsity Eight Petite Final
11 a.m. -- Second Varsity Eight Grand Final
11:15 a.m. -- First Varsity Eight Third Final
11:30 a.m. -- First Varsity Eight Petite Final
11:45 a.m. -- First Varsity Eight Grand Final
12:30 p.m. -- Awards Ceremony

Washington State University will be hosting the 2010 NCAA Championships. Washington State has several ways for fans to get results throughout the weekend:

Live Webcasts:
Host Site:
Championship Central:

Fans can catch highlights of the 2010 NCAA Rowing Division I, II and III Championships as a part of 2010 CBS Sports Presents Championships of the NCAA (spring seasonal show), set to air at 4 p.m. EDT on Saturday, June 19, on CBS.

The top three crews of each preliminary heat will move on to the semifinal, while the remaining crews move into the repechage heat. The first three crews in the repechage heat will advance to the semifinals, while the remaining crews advance to the third final for places 13-16. The first three crews in the semifinal move onto the grand final, while the remainder go to the petite final.

Place Points



Southern Cal3346
Michigan State30610
Washington State12123
Ohio State3162

1. California - 83 pts
2. Virginia - 80 pts
3. Princeton - 79 pts.
4. Yale - 77 pts
5. Stanford - 73 pts
6. Brown - 67 pts
7. Washington - 58 pts
8. UCLA - 55 pts
9. Michigan State - 46 pts
10. Southern California - 43 pts.
11. Wisconsin - 40 pts
12. Michigan - 37 pts
13. Clemson - 35 pts
14. Washington State - 27 pts.
15. Ohio State - 21 pts.
16. Tennessee - 15 pts.

First Varsity Eight: Margaret Deinek (coxswain), Melisa Ongun, Emily Eiffert, Felice Mueller, Ashley Kroll, Sarah Gribler, Natalie Eisermann, Adrienne Mecham, Julia Darnton

Second Varsity Eight: Erica Macke (coxswain), Nellie Ruedig, Shannon Stief, Lauren Schneider, Cristina Felix, Ariel Piotter, Kristen Henkels, Lindsey Healy, Katie Grossman

First Varsity Four: Jen Entin (coxswain), Maggie Cooper, Cori Meinert, Paige Heil, Jordan Peek

Friday's weather in Sacramento calls for a high of 74 degrees with a 60-percent chance of showers. The wind will be from the south southwest at 10 miles per hour. On Saturday, the high is 73 with a 60-percent chance of showers with the wind out of the southwest at 10 miles per hour. On Sunday, expect a high of 75 degrees with a 20-percent chance of showers. The wind will be from the southwest at nine miles per hour.


Last Time Out
Michigan took fourth place overall and third in the Central Region at the Central/South Region Sprints (May 15-16) hosted by Tennessee in Oak Ridge, Tenn., on Melton Lake. The Wolverines placed the first and second varsity eight, the first varsity four and the novice eight in the grand final, while the open four was in the petite final. U-M had good showings in the grand finals with the first and second varsity eights taking fourth place, with the first varsity four taking fifth place. The novice eight was also fourth while the open four won the petite final. The Wolverines were one of five Big Ten schools to finish in the top 10 at the Central/South Region Sprints. Virginia was the overall winner and the winner of the South Region with 451 points, while Wisconsin won the Central Region with 405 points.

Wolverines Earn CRCA All-Region Awards
The CRCA (Collegiate Rowing Coaches Association) announced its all-central region team, which included four Wolverines. Seniors Ashley Kroll (Edmonds, Wash./Kamiak) and Adrienne Mecham (Lake Stevens, Wash./Lake Stevens) earned first team honors, while sophomores Emily Eiffert (Honeoye, N.Y./Honeoye Falls-Lima) and Melisa Ongun (Chicago, Ill./Lincoln Park) earned second team honors. Kroll earns first team honors for the second time in her career; she was named to the first team last season. Mecham is a first-time first team selection; she was on the second team last season. Ongun and Eiffert earned the award for the first time in their career.

Getting It Done in the Classroom
U-M not only gets things done on the water but also in the classroom. Seniors Kristen Henkels (Scotch Plains, N.J./Scotch Plains-Farnwood) and Lauren Schneider (Rochester, Mich./Stony Creek) and sophomores Lindsey Healy (Troy, Mich./Madison Heights Bishop Foley) and Julia Darnton (Ann Arbor, Mich./Pioneer) each met the requirements for CRCA Scholar Athlete standing Tuesday (May 25). Each is receiving the award for the first time in their career. CRCA Scholar Athletes must be in their second, third or fourth year of eligibility and row in their institution's NCAA eligible boats and have a 3.5 cumulative grade-point average for their career.

Heading Into the Postseason
U-M continues its quest for their first-ever national title at the 2010 NCAA Championships. Michigan's best result at the NCAA Championships came during the 2001 season when it took home runner-up. U-M has finished in the top five at the national championships six times, most recently taking third place in 2004.

In The Polls
This week's poll is the final poll of the regular season and the Wolverines jump two spots to No. 11 after their fourth-place performance at the Central/South Region Sprints two weeks ago. Michigan checked in at No. 13 last week. U-M was joined in the rankings by fellow Big Ten squads Wisconsin (8), Michigan State (9) and Ohio State (15). Iowa and Minnesota are also receiving votes in the final poll of the regular season.

According to this week's edition of the cMax rankings, U-M's first varsity eight is the 10th-fastest 1V8 in the country, 15.1 seconds behind the country's fastest eight, Princeton. Last week, U-M checked in at No. 15. U-M, Michigan State, Ohio State and Wisconsin are the only Big Ten first varsity eights ranked in the top 20.

Top 10 Opponents
U-M consistently takes on the top programs in the country and this season is no different. U-M fell to No. 2 Virginia in the Big Ten /ACC Challenge and dropped its season opener to No. 7 Michigan State. Michigan has a 5-2 record against opponents ranked in the top 10 over the last two campaigns and last season opened the spring with a win over No. 2 Princeton and No. 8 Brown. This season, Michigan took on five squads ranked in the top 10 of the USRowing/CRCA Women's Collegiate Rowing Preseason Division I Poll.

Veteran Presence
Six Wolverines that competed in U-M's top boat at the 2009 NCAA Championships return for the 2010 season. Melisa Ongun (Chicago, Ill./Lincoln Park), Ashley Kroll (Edmonds, Wash./Kamiak), Adrienne Mecham (Lake Stevens, Wash./Lake Stevens), Cristina Felix (San Marino, Calif./San Marino), Emily Eiffert (Honeoye, N.Y./Honeoye Falls-Lima) and Felice Mueller (Cleveland Height, Ohio/Promfret School) all return this season. Additionally, Erica Macke (Ann Arbor, Mich./Pioneer), Natalie Eisermann (Key Biscayne, Fla./School for Advanced Studies-Wolfson), Jennifer Entin (Corona Del Mar, Calif./Corona del Mar), Ariel Piotter (Bridgeman, Mich./Bridgman), Jordan Peek (Jacksonville, Fla./Stanton College Prep) and Julia Darnton (Ann Arbor, Mich./Pioneer) also rowed varsity for the Wolverines a season ago.

Welcome Home Coach Sickler
The newest member of the Michigan women's rowing staff isn't really new to U-M at all. This past summer, head coach Mark Rothstein announced that former U-M rower Brett Sickler (2002-05) would be coming back to her alma mater as an assistant coach. Sickler was a member of the NCAA varsity eight that earned NCAA runner-up honors in 2003 and she was also an alternate for the USA Rowing team at the 2008 Olympics in Beijing. Welcome home, Brett!

Oh, Captain, My Captain
Head coach Mark Rothstein named several captains during the fall preseason. This year the Michigan women's rowing team will be lead by captains and seniors, Maggie Cooper (Lake Oswego, Ore./St. Mary's Academy), Kristen Henkels (Scotch Plains, N.J./Scotch Plains-Fanwood), Ashley Kroll (Edmonds, Wash./Kamiak) and Adrienne Mecham (Lake Steven's, Wash./Lake Stevens).

Welcome to the Team
There are several new faces joining the rowing squad this season. The Wolverines welcomed a four-member freshman class. Joining the squad this season are: Kate Grimaldi (Sammamish, Wash./Seattle Preparatory), Amanda Langone (Chicago, Ill./Loyola Academy), Katie Grossman (Duxbury, Mass./St. Marks) and Shannon Stief (Mukilteo, Wash./Kamiak).

The Leader of the Maize and Blue
Mark Rothstein enters his 14th season at the helm of the University of Michigan women's rowing team. Rothstein has guided the Wolverines to 10 NCAA Tournament appearances and three Big Ten Championships, including back-to-back titles in 2000 and 2001.

Rothstein's staff is made up of assistants, Kate Strum and Brett Sickler and graduate assistant coach Anne Hildebrand. Strum and Hildebrand are both entering their second seasons with the Wolverines, while Sickler, a former U-M rower, enters her first season on the Michigan rowing staff. Peter O'Neall is the Director of Operations.

Contact: Jessica Poole (734) 763-4423