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:
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