The Notre Dame varsity eight, led by coxswain Christina Dines, will open the 2014 season for the Irish on Saturday morning at the Oak Ridge Cardinal Invitational

Irish Return To The Water At The Oak Ridge Cardinal Invitational

March 14, 2014

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NOTRE DAME, Ind. – After spending the past week training in the area, and enjoying its first time on the water during this calendar year, the University of Notre Dame rowing team is scheduled to open the 2014 season this weekend at the Oak Ridge Cardinal Invitational on Melton Lake in Oak Ridge, Tenn. The Irish will compete in a pair of regatta sessions on Saturday before closing with one slate of morning races on Sunday.

“It has been a productive week of training and we are excited to begin racing this weekend,” Notre Dame head coach Martin Stone said. “The racing will allow us to have an early gauge of our speed against some very good competition.”

Notre Dame first takes to the water on Saturday in a tri-team event against Louisville and West Virginia in the morning set of races. The three teams are scheduled to compete in the first varsity eight at approximately 10:10 a.m. (ET). First varsity four crews will begin their heat at 10:18, followed by the novice eight/third varsity eight at 10:26 in a race that will also include Virginia.

The second varsity eight will open its season against Louisville and West Virginia at 10:34, with the second varsity four (10:42) and third varsity four (10:50) set to cap the morning session.

Saturday afternoon will bring yet another test for Notre Dame, as the Irish will face perennial national contender and new Atlantic Coast Conference (ACC) foe Virginia. Each team’s first varsity eight is scheduled to officially enter the water at 3:50 p.m. (ET).

Notre Dame is set to close the Oak Ridge Cardinal Invitational Sunday morning against ACC opponent Duke on Melton Lake. The varsity eight crews will begin the day’s racing for both teams at approximately 10:10 a.m. (ET).