Martin Stone and the Irish look to rebound after tough first day

Day One Completed At NCAA Championships With Varsity Eight and Second Varsity Eight Advancing To Saturday's Semifinals

May 26, 2006

West Windsor, N.J. — For the first time in school history, the Notre Dame Rowing team competed in the NCAA Championships held at the Finn M. W. Caspersen Rowing Center on Mercer Lake in West Windsor, New Jersey. Complete results will follow as soon as today’s events have been completed.

The Varsity Eight boat of coxswain Maria Romano (River Forest, Ill.), Julie Sobolewski (Haddonfield, NJ), Amanda Polk (Pittsburgh, PA), Mary Quinn (Plymouth Meeting, PA), Laura Pearson (Bloomington, MN), Allison Marsh (Mashpee, MA), Melissa Felker (Bellevue, WA), Meghan Boyle (Pittsburgh, PA), and Sarah Palandech (Lakenheath, United Kingdom) advanced to Saturday’s semifinals. Rowing in heat 2, the Irish finished with a time of 6:44.66. The heat was won by Princeton (6:32.22, followed by Michigan State (6:37,81), Minnesota (6:39.32). Wisconsin was fifth in 6:49.50. Brown won heat one of the varsity eightin 6:41.49, followed by Ohio State (6:43.37), Southern California (6:44.81), Yale (6:44.81), Washington (6:52.99) and Stanford (6:58.89). In heat three, Calfornia was victorious in 6:36.79 with Washington State in second in 6:38.59, followed by UCLA (6:39.28), Tennessee (6:39.82) and Boston University (6:48.85). In the repechage, Notre Dame earned a berth in the semifinals after taking second in 6:25.98 after Washington took first in 6:23.47. Stanford was third (6:26.85), followed by Tennessee (6:27.61), Boston University (6:32.50) and Wisconsin (6:31.92).

The second varsity boat of coxswain Eilleen Froehlke (Pittsburgh, PA), Sarah Kate Hafner (Tampa, FL), Pamela Jefson (Kalamazoo, MI), Elli Greybar (Western Springs, IL), Jessica Guzik (Annandale, VA), Casey Fairbanks (Dandridge, TN), Kenrda Short (Everett, WA), Andre Doud, (Redford, MI) and Danielle Stealy (Culver, IN) was sixth in their heat in 7:11.06). Brown took the heat in 6:45.47, followed by Wisconsin (6:48.63), Yale (6:52.24), Michigan State (6:55.89) and Washington (6:58.18).

The Varsity Four boat coxwed by Sarah Keithley (Austin, TX), Anka Jedry (Chicago, IL), Christine Trezza (Staten Island, NY), Kristan Madison (Saginaw, MI), and Shannon Cassel (Bettendorf, IA) rowed in heat one and finished sixth in 7:45.32). “This was somewhat of a tought day for us because I thought we were a little tight in our first races,” head coach Martin Stone said. “I was pleased with the way our varsity eight rebounded in the repechage and am confident that we will be much more relaxed tomorrow.”


VARSITY EIGHT: Top three (plus Yale) to Saturday semifinals; rest to Friday repechage.

Heat #1: Brown 6:41.49; Ohio State 6:43.37; Southern Cal 6:44.81; Yale 6:44.81; Washington 6:52.99; Stanford 6:58.89?

Heat #2: Princeton 6:32. 22; Michigan State 6:37.81; Minnesota 6:39.32; Notre Dame 6:44.66; Wisconsin 6:49.50.

Heat #3: Cal 6:36.79; Washington State 6:38.59; UCLA 6:39.28; Tennessee 6:39.82; Boston University 6:48.85.

SECOND VARSITY EIGHT: Heat Winner to Sunday Grand Final; Rest to Saturday Repechage?

Heat #1: Ohio State 6:54.45; California 6:56.20; Princeton 6:56.43; Washington State 6:56.43; Tennessee 7:02.49; Stanford 7:02.78

Heat #2: Brown 6:45.47; Wisconsin 6:48.63; Yale 6:52.24; Michigan State 6:55.89; Washington 6:58.18; Notre Dame 7:11.06

VARSITY FOUR: Heat Winner to Sunday Grand Final; Rest to Saturday Repechage?

Heat #1: Brown 7:30.17; Ohio State 7:34.48; Washington 7:37.50; Yale 7:41.26; Tennessee 7:41.76; Notre Dame 7:45.32 ?

Heat #2: Cal 7:25.24; Washington State 7:26.63; Michigan State 7:28.96; Princeton 7:33.78; Wisconsin 7:34.72; Stanford 7:35.07