Maria Romano and the varsity eight crew earned a spot in Sunday's Grand Final for the second straight year.  Notre Dame won the varsity eight race a year ago last year at this same championship.

Challenging Weekend Awaits Irish Rowers As Notre Dame Looks For Unprecedented Fourth Consecutive BIG EAST Crown

April 27, 2007

Notre Dame, Ind. – The Notre Dame rowing team faces one of its biggest and most challenging racing weekends of season as the Irish on in action on both Saturday (April 29) and Sunday (April 29).

On Saturday, Notre Dame will race against Princeton, Virginia and George Washington on Lake Carnegie in Princeton, N.J. The varsity eight race will prove to be one the year’s most exciting competitions with three of the boats ranked in the top-10. Notre Dame is ranked is ranked sixth in the CRCA/US Rowing poll for the second consecutive week, while Virginia is one spot ahead of the Irish at number five and Princeton one place behind at number seven.

On Sunday, Notre Dame will look for an unprecedented fourth consecutive BIG EAST title at the 2007 BIG EAST Championships at Lake Quinsigamond in Worcester, Mass. The eight other conference schools participating in the championship are: No. 18 Louisville, Connecticut, Cincinnati, Rutgers, Syracuse, Georgetown, Villanova and West Virginia.

The Irish have won each of the last three BIG EAST Championships in both 2006, ’05 and’04 after finishing second in 2003, ’02 and ’01.

“Once again this is a big weekend of racing for us with NCAA implications,” head coach Martin Stone says. “It’s going to be a tough turnaround from Saturday to Sunday, but I expect that our team will be ready. We’ve challenged this team all season and they have responded so I expect we will be ready for this weekend’s competitions.

“Our goal all season long has been, in addition to getting back to the NCAAs, is to win the BIG EAST. We’ve performed well the last three years at this championships and I believe that once again we are looking to race very strongly on Sunday.”

Boatings for the weekend:

Varsity Eight: Maria Romano (coxswain), Lauren Buck, Meghan Boyle, Christine Trezza, Allison Marsh, Laura Pearson, Mary Quinn, Amanda Polk and Julie Sobolewski

Second Varsity Eight: Sarah Keithley (coxswain), Sarah Kate Hafner, Mallory Glass, Anni Nowhitney, Lindsay McQuaid, Ankica Jedry, Jessica Guzik, Elli Greybar and Brittney Kelly.

Varsity Four: Eileen Froehlke (coxswain), Laura Petnuch, Erica Copeland, Shannon Cassel and Mary Kate McNamara.

Second Varsity Four: Stephanie Szegedi (coxswain), Alyssa Teves, Bridget Leone, Erica Castro-Larsen and Brittany Burnham.

Novice Eight: AZ Tice (coxswain), Lisa Bunn, Casey Sullivan, Emily Backer, Melissa Miller, Kathleen Donahue, Dana Gates, Casey Robinson and Kellyn Nestor.

Novice Four: Katie DeMartini (coxswain), Katherine McMackin, Braegan Padley, Carolina Elizondo and Andrea Archer.

Racing Schedule:

vs. Princeton, Virginia and George Washington

11:30 a.m. — Second Varsity Four

11:40 a.m. — Novice Four

12:00 p.m. — Varsity Four

12:15 p.m. — Novice Eight

12:30 p.m. — Second Varsity Eight 12:45 p.m. — Varsity Eight

BIG EAST Championship

8:30 a.m. — Varsity Eight Trials (ND is this heat)

8:40 a.m. — Varsity Eight Trials

8:50 a.m. — Varsity Four Trials (ND in this heat)

9:00 a.m. — Varsity Four Trials

9:10 a.m. — Novice Eight Trials

9:20 a.m. — Novice Eight Trials (ND in this heat)

11:30 a.m. — Novice Four Grand Final

11:40 p.m. — Second Varsity Four Grand Final

11:50 p.m. — Novice Eight Petite Final

12:00 p.m. — Novice Eight Grand Final

12:10 p.m. — Varsity Four Petite Final

12:20 p.m. — Varsity Four Grand Final

12:30 p.m. — Second Varsity Eight Grand Final

12:40 p.m. — Varsity Eight Petite Final

12:50 p.m. — Varsity Eight Grand Final