May 14, 2016
By Russell Dorn
CLEMSON, S.C. – The No. 15 University of Notre Dame rowing team lowered its times across the board from Friday’s qualifying races to claim four top-four finishes on its way to a fourth-place showing Saturday morning at the 2016 Atlantic Coast Conference Championships on Lake Hartwell.
Highlighting the day was a third-place finish by the 2nd varsity 8, which lowered its time by nearly nine seconds from the day before.
The 1st varsity 8 (< 8="" seconds),="">st varsity 4 (> 4 seconds) and 3rd varsity 8 (> 25 seconds) all lowered their Friday times to place fourth. The 2nd varsity 4 lowered its time by almost 17 seconds to take fifth.
For their efforts with the 1st varsity 8, senior Joanna Mulvey (8 seat, 1st team) and junior Hilary Shinnick (7 seat, 2nd team) earned all-ACC honors. Mulvey finishes her career with two first team all-ACC citations in her final two years with the Irish and a second team all-BIG EAST scroll as a freshman.
After three seasons in the ACC, the Irish now boast a pair of runner-up finishes (2014 & 2015) in addition to its fourth-place showing this season.
The Irish must now play the waiting game to see if they can make their fifth straight NCAA regatta. D1 Rowing’s selection show is set for 5 p.m. Tuesday (May 17) on NCAA.com.
Here’s what you need to know about Saturday’s final day of action:
ACC Championship Order of Finish:
1. Virginia, 99
T-2. Duke, 75
T-2. Syracuse, 75
4. Notre Dame, 68
5. Louisville, 60
6. Clemson, 47
7. Boston College, 31
8. Miami, 22
9. North Carolina, 16
2016 ACC Rowing Crew of the Year (Virginia)
Coxswain: Colette Lucas-Conwell (Jr. Palo Alto, Calif.)
Stroke: Tessa Dikkers (Sr., Pelham, N.Y.)
7-Seat: Georgia Ratcliff (Jr., Falls Church, Va.)
6-Seat: Eliza Spilsbury (So., Centreville, Mass.)
5-Seat: Heidi Long (Fr., Buckinghamshire, England)
4-Seat: Erin Briggs (Jr., Orono, Minn.)
3-Seat: Jennifer Reid (Sr., Stafford, Va.)
2-Seat: Alice Darry (So., West Melton, New Zealand)
Bow: Sam Casto (Sr., Dallas, Pa.).
2016 ACC Rowing Freshman of the Year
Heidi Long, Virginia (Buckinghamshire, England)
2016 ACC Rowing Coach of the Year
Megan Cooke Carcagno, Duke
2016 All-ACC Rowing Team
Coxswain–Colette Lucas-Conwell, Virginia
Jennifer Reid, Virginia
Tessa Dikkers, Virginia
Sam Casto, Virginia
Alex Stonehill, Duke
Katie Duckovich, Duke
Deidre Fitzpatrick, Syracuse
Joanna Mulvey, Notre Dame
Kristie Harrison, Louisville
Coxswain–Simone Pitre, Duke
Mackenzi Sherman, Virginia
Kari Tomeny, Syracuse
Hilary Shinnick, Notre Dame
Katie Nord, Louisville
Paula Wesselman, Clemson
Catherine Goldberg, Boston College
Chelsea Gustafson, North Carolina
Ally White, Miami
ACC Championship Finals Results
Calm. Sunny, temperatures in the low 70’s
First Varsity Eight Petite Final
1. Miami, 6:41.569; 2. Boston College, 6:52.142; 3. North Carolina, 6:56.891.
First Varsity Eight Grand Final
1. Virginia, 6:14.989; 2. Duke, 6:20.444; 3. Syracuse, 6:20.495; 4. Notre Dame, 6:23.727; 5. Louisville, 6:29.089; 6. Clemson, 6:34.456
Second Varsity Eight Petite Final
1. Boston College, 6:48.549; 2. Miami, 6:49.567; 3. North Carolina, 6:52.890.
Second Varsity Eight Grand Final
1. Virginia, 6:25.411; 2. Duke, 6:32.322; 3. Notre Dame, 6:32.326; 4. Syracuse, 6:37.501; 5. Louisville, 6:38.103; 6. Clemson, 6:51.296.
First Varsity Four, Petite Final
1. Boston College, 7:35.298; 2. North Carolina, 7:37.649; 3. Miami, 8:00.314.
First Varsity Four, Grand Final
1. Virginia, 7:13.779; 2. Duke, 7:20.113; 3. Syracuse, 7:20.740; 4. Notre Dame, 7:21.182; 5. Louisville, 7:30.765; 6. Clemson, 7:37.175.
Second Varsity Four, Petite Final
1. North Carolina, 7:52.65; 2. Miami, 7:57.551.
Second Varsity Four, Grand Final
1. Virginia, 7:16.407; 2. Syracuse, 7:24.194; 3. Louisville, 7:26.668; 4. Clemson, 7:27.292; 5. Notre Dame, 7:28.048; 6. Boston College, 7:43.463.
Third Varsity Eight, Petite Final
1. Duke, 6:58.091; 2. North Carolina, 7:08.061.
Third Varsity Eight, Grand Final
1. Virginia, 6:31.296; 2. Louisville, 6:35.741; 3. Syracuse. 6:42.092; 4. Notre Dame, 6:43.143; 5. Clemson, 6:50.841; 6. Boston College, 6:56.890.
For more information on the Notre Dame rowing program, follow the Irish on Facebook (/NDWomensRowing) and Twitter (@NDRowing).
Russell Dorn, athletics communications assistant director at the University of Notre Dame, has been part of the Fighting Irish athletics communications team since 2011 and coordinates all media efforts for the Notre Dame volleyball, rowing and baseball programs. A native of Greenwood, South Carolina, Dorn graduated from Furman University in 2008 with a bachelor’s degree in history before earning his master’s degree in sports communications from Georgia State University in 2011.