May 27, 2014
Fri-Sun., May 30-June 1 -- at NCAA Rowing Championships (Indianapolis, Ind.), 9 a.m.
The No. 8-ranked University of Michigan rowing team returns to Eagle Creek Park, Ind., this weekend for the 2014 NCAA Rowing Championships (Fri-Sun., May 30-June 1). The Wolverines are competing in the NCAA regatta for the seventh straight year and the 15th time in the last 18 years as a varsity program.
"We're excited for the opportunity to continue to improve and to see what we can do against the top teams in the country," said head coach Mark Rothstein.
Michigan is one of twenty-two (22) teams competing at the NCAA Championships. Racing will include the first varsity eight, second varsity eight and first varsity four races. The three boats from each school will compete for individual national titles while earning points toward the overall team championship.
On Friday, Michigan will row in heat one in each race, beginning with the 1V8 at 9:10 a.m. Michigan's 2V8 crew will race in heat one at 9:50 a.m., while the 1V4 crew will race at 10:30 a.m. All races will be streamed live on NCAA.com.
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Michigan will race for the national championship for the seventh straight season and the 15th time in its 18 years as a varsity program.
The Wolverines will enter the championship as the eighth seed in the first varsity eight and second varsity eight and the ninth seed in the varsity four.
Michigan earned one of the 11 at-large selections to the tournament field.
U-M is one of four Big Ten teams in the field of 22. Ohio State (automatic bid), Indiana (at-large selection) and Wisconsin (at-large selection) will also compete at the NCAA Rowing Championships.
Michigan is ranked eighth in the final regular-season CRCA/US Rowing Coaches poll released on May 21. The Wolverines are one of five Big Ten teams ranked, joining No. 1 Ohio State, No. 15 Indiana, No. 16 Wisconsin and No. 20 Michigan State. U-M has been listed in the top 15 of all nine polls this season, ranking as high as seventh (April 23).
The NCAA Championships will be the final appearance in a Michigan boat for 11 senior rowers: Bryna Oleshansky (1V8), Shannon Winchell (1V8), Chrissy Holm (1V8), Amanda Elmore (1V8), Emily Idoni (1V8), Tara Foley (1V8), Carrie Lofgren (2V8), Taylor Schubert (2V8), Emily Sullenburger (2V8), Priscilla Livingston (1V4), and Sarah Trovato (1V4).
Last year at the 2013 NCAA Rowing Championships, Michigan finished in 12th place with 69 points. The Wolverines recorded a ninth-place showing in the 1V8, 12th in the 1V4 and 15th in the 2V8.
On May 19, the Wolverines finished second at the Big Ten Championships held at Eagle Creek Park. Michigan placed in the top two in six of the seven races, winning 1N8 and finishing second in the 2N8, 3V4, 2V4, 2V8 and 1V8. The Wolverines placed fourth in the 1V4. Michigan recorded 140 points to finish runner-up for the second straight year behind second-ranked Ohio State (164 points). U-M finished 31 points ahead of third-place Wisconsin, clinching a top two-finish at the Big Ten Championships for the 11th time in 15 years.
Graduate student Amanda Elmore (port) and senior Bryna Oleshansky (port/starboard) earned All-Big first team honors, which were announced at the Big Ten Championships. Oleshansky earned All-Big Ten season team honors in 2013 and was Michigan's lone returning conference honoree. Elmore joined Michigan this season after a standout four-year career in Purdue's ARCA club rowing program.
Senior Chrissy Holm (port/starboard) and junior Jessica Eiffert (port/starboard) earned All-Big Ten second team recognition. Eiffert was a Pocock All-American and CRCA All-Region selection in 2013. Senior Andrea Johnson (port/starboard) earned the Big Ten Sportsmanship Award.
Eiffert and Oleshansky were invited to the 2014 USRowing U23 National Team Selection Camp, which begins on June 8 at the University of California and continues on July 8 in Princeton, N.J., for final preparation for the World Rowing Under 23 Championships in Varese, Italy.
Graduate student Amanda Elmore was accepted into the University of Michigan's Ph.D. Program in Biomedical Sciences (PIBS) in 2013 after a standout career in Purdue's well-regarded ARCA club program, including stints with the USRowing U23 Team. She decided to row at Michigan and earned a spot on the first varsity eight boat this season. Elmore rowed with senior Chrissy Holm at the U23 World Championships in 2012 and knew several members of the Michigan rowing team before joining the program. Elmore received an invitation to compete for a spot on the USRowing Senior National Team this summer.
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.
The women's rowing team 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.
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).
Contact: Jeffrey Weinstein (734) 763-4423