March 25, 2016
By Russell Dorn
NOTRE DAME, Ind. – Following two weeks of training after the season-opening Oak Ridge Cardinal Invitational, the No. 16 University of Notre Dame women’s rowing team gets back in action this weekend at the Longhorn Invitational.
The appearance in Austin, Texas is the first for the Irish women’s rowing program. Set in downtown Austin at the beautiful Lady Bird Lake, the regatta will offer Notre Dame a chance to compete against a pair of tough tests in No. 8 Texas and San Diego.
Facing off against ranked opponents is nothing new for the Irish rowing program under head coach Martin Stone. Two weeks ago in Oak Ridge, Tennessee, Notre Dame faced off against three ranked teams in a 12-team field.
“We are excited to go to the Longhorn Invitational for some side-by-side racing,” said Stone. “We have never been there and it’s at a great venue in downtown Austin.
“We will get a chance to compete against two very strong programs in Texas and San Diego. Texas won the Big 12 last year and finished seventh at NCAAs. San Diego is very good in the WCC and gave us tough races last year at the Lake Natoma Invitational. USC was scheduled to be in Texas but they decided not to come six weeks ago. So we are a little disappointed that we aren’t getting an opportunity to race one of the better Pac 12 schools although we will see some Pac 12 schools later on in the season. But overall we are excited. We think it will be a great event this weekend.”
WHERE:Lady Bird Lake – Austin, Texas
*Spectators can view races from the Roberta Crenshaw Footbridge beneath the Mopac Expressway. The races begin west of Mopac and progress east past the bridge.
WHEN: Friday, March 25 (one session) and Saturday, March 26 (two sessions)
Longhorn Invitational Race Schedule
Friday, March 25 (all times Central)
2V4+ San Diego vs. Notre Dame
2V8+ Texas intrasquad race
1V4+ San Diego vs. Notre Dame
1V4+ Texas intrasquad race
2V8+ San Diego vs. Notre Dame
V8+ Texas intrasquad race
V8+ San Diego vs. Notre Dame
Saturday, March 26
Texas 3V8+ vs. Texas 4V8+
2V4+ Texas vs. Notre Dame
1V4+ Texas vs. Notre Dame
2V8+ Texas vs. Notre Dame
V8+ Texas vs. Notre Dame
Texas 3V8+ vs. Texas 4V8+
2V4+ Texas vs. San Diego
1V4+ Texas vs. San Diego
2V8+ Texas vs. San Diego
V8+ Texas vs. San Diego
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.