March 12, 2016
OAK RIDGE, Tenn. – Facing off against some elite competition, the No. 17 University of Notre Dame women’s rowing team showed improvement throughout day one of the Oak Ridge Cardinal Invitational Saturday at the Melton Lake Rowing Venue.
The Irish won a pair of races (2nd V8 & 3rd V4) in the morning session while competing against No. 20 Louisville, Minnesota and West Virginia, but head coach Martin Stone was most pleased with the afternoon session.
“The morning session was ok,” said the only head coach in Irish program history. “We made some lineup switches for the afternoon session and I think we performed better. There was a different vibe around the team in the afternoon session. I think the moves paid off. For the most part we had better racing and got done what we needed to get done. Overall a good race for this time of the year but we will have to find some more speed going forward.”
In the afternoon Notre Dame went toe-to-toe with Atlantic Coast Conference foe Virginia (No. 4), Kansas and Michigan State and picked up four second-place finishes in five races.
Highlighting the afternoon session was a runner-up finish in the first varsity 8 race, where Notre Dame finished just under four seconds behind the Cavaliers and more than 20 seconds faster than the morning session.
Other noticeable improvements from the morning session to the afternoon session included a near-15 second drop in the 2nd varsity 8, an almost 22-second improvement in the varsity 4, a near 28-second drop in the 2nd varsity 4 and an over 23-second improvement in the 3rd varsity 8.
Notre Dame closes out the Oak Ridge Cardinal Invitational Sunday morning with six races starting at 9:14 a.m. (ET).
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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.