From the patio for spectators, fans could only see a short stretch of the race where the first varsity eight boats from either team went toe-to-toe before disappearing from view to cross the line further down the lake.

The Michigan rowing team finished last in its meet against ranked teams on Saturday.

The Wolverines finished last against four ranked teams.

The Michigan rowing team won 13 of 14 events last weekend.

Despite a good outcome, Michigan's struggles in the first varsity eight boat leaves room for growth.

The No. 5 Michigan rowing team won seven of nine events this past weekend in its first ranked matchup of the season.

In its first ranked matchup of the season, the No. 5 Michigan rowing team won seven of nine events to cap off its “good but not great” performance, as described by Michigan coach Mark Rothstein.

The Michigan rowing team started slow and couldn't overcome Princeton.

Michigan couldn't overcome Princeton in the Class of 1987 Cup Regatta.

The Michigan rowing team had two boats ranked in the top 30 at one of the largest events in the country.

Michigan finished as the highest-ranked Big Ten team, setting the tone for conference play early as they seek to carry momentum into a crucial winter training period.

Michigan coach Mark Rothstein and his team have high expectations for the upcoming season.

All three Wolverine boats in the first three pieces of the day pulled ahead of the Eagles, coming in first, second and third, respectively.

The Michigan rowing team excelled against top competition, including No. 1 California, No. 2 Ohio State, No. 4 Washington, No. 7 Virginia and No. 10 Stanford.

Michigan beat out several highly-ranked teams, placing behind only the University of California.

The Wolverines sent two eights to the 52nd annual Head of the Charles regatta in Boston.

Michigan competed in an exhibition tune-up in Ohio over the weekend.

Michigan competed well against the Buckeyes, with strong performances in the race’s 2x4.5 kilometer format carrying the team’s momentum following last week’s successful performance against Eastern Michigan.