Wolverines awarded four in all-conference team

Jessica Schoonbee, right; Kate Burns, second from right; Grace Collins, third from right; and Charlotte Powers, center (Michigan Photography)

Wolverines awarded four in all-conference team

05/15/2022 1:34:00 PM

// Chad Shepard

ROSEMONT, Ill. –The No. 6-ranked University of Michigan rowing program saw four student-athletes named to the All-Big Ten Conference team following their second-place finish at the Big Ten Championships on Sunday, May 15, the league announced . Graduate students Grace Collins and kate burns received first-team honors while seniors Jessica Schoonbee and graduate student coxswain Charlotte Powers were named second-team winners.

Collins earned All-Big Ten honors last spring (second team), but for the others, it marks their first all-conference recognition. Schoonbee had previously been named Big Ten Freshman of the Year in 2019.

The four athletes are part of UM’s first varsity eight (1V8) boat that won Big Ten silver on Sunday as the team scored 174 points to finish in second place at the Big Ten championships. These winners were part of a historic run in the program‘s history with two Big Ten tag team titles and two NCAA top-five finishes during their competitive years.

Burns calls Ann Abor home, and the local native was a varsity rower throughout her Michigan career. An essential member of the team on and off the water, she has largely occupied the fifth through seventh seats in the 1V8 this year, settling in to the sixth seat for the conference regatta. Burns won Big Ten gold (twice) and silver (twice) every year during his career; one gold and one silver in 1V8 and 2V8 models. She also won a bronze medal at the NCAA championships with the 2V8 (2021). She was a three-time All-Big Ten Academic selection and a two-time CRCA Athlete Scholar. Burns holds a degree in industrial and operations engineering and is currently pursuing a master’s degree in the same field at UM.

Collins has been an essential member of the most successful boats throughout his career. This season she has rowed between seats three and seven – up and down the range – but was in the fifth seat on Sunday. The Ridgefield, Connecticut native has been in two Big Ten gold medal boats (1V8, 2019, 21) and two silver medal boats (1V8, 2022; 2V4, 2018). A freshman NCAA substitute, Collins became one of the team’s top scorers and captured NCAA Bronze with the 1V8 (2019). She was chosen as an All-America nominee in the pandemic-shortened 2020 season, and was a CRCA athlete-scholar and two-time All-Big Ten academic winner. Collins earned her degree in Applied Exercise Science.

Schoonbee was named Big Ten Freshman of the Year after her rookie season in 2019 in the same seat she now occupies: the racing seat of 1V8. She’s been the rhythm and pacemaker for the team’s best boat all spring, and the key to their top speed. Schoonbee helped Boat to B1G gold in 2019 and went on to win a bronze medal at the NCAA Championships this spring. She was an All-America nominee in the modified COVID-19 season and was also an All-Big Ten academic winner. Schoonbee has also enjoyed international success, having won a silver medal at the Under-23 World Championships for his native South Africa.

A 1V8 helmsman throughout his Michigan career, Powers was the secret ingredient to the Wolverines’ best boat success. She helped guide the boat to an NCAA bronze medal in 2018 and in the Big Ten stage she won two gold medals (2019, ’21) and a silver medal (2018) with the 1V8. In addition to her conference success, Powers has been nationally recognized: She was a two-time Pocock All-American (2019, ’21) and in the pandemic-cancelled 2020 season, was named an All-American winner. -America.

Senior Lilian Mei was named the winner of the team’s sportsmanship award. A two-time CRCA athlete-scholar and All-Big Ten academic winner (2020-21), she was part of two Big Ten gold medal boats in the 1V4 (2019, ’21). Mei is originally from San Ramon, California. Majoring in mechanical engineering, Mei will enroll in UM’s master of engineering program in the fall.

The Wolverines will wait until the NCAA draft show on Tuesday, May 17 to find out their official fate. The team’s solid performance throughout the season bodes well for their likely inclusion in the overall squad. The team will continue preparations for the NCAA Championships, which take place May 27-29 in Sarasota, Fla. UM hopes to compete in the Championship Regatta for the 14th consecutive time and 22nd time overall.

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