Oct. 16, 2015
NOTRE DAME, Ind. – For the fifth consecutive season the University of Notre Dame rowing team will take part in the Head of the Charles Regatta, arguably the largest two-day rowing competition in the world that’s held on the Charles River in Cambridge, Massachusetts.
Here’s what you need to know about the nation’s elite regatta:
- This year is the 51st consecutive Head of the Charles Regatta and features over 2,200 entrees and 10,000 rowers ÃƒÂ¢Ã¢’Â¬Â¦ action gets underway at 8 a.m. (ET) Saturday and continues through 4:30 p.m. (ET) Sunday.
- Notre Dame is entering a championship eight and a championship four boat, with both set to compete on Sunday ÃƒÂ¢Ã¢’Â¬Â¦ student-athletes in the champ eight boat (2:44 p.m. ET – bow 13) are expected to be Treasa O’Tighearnaigh, Katherine Lumetta, Elizabeth Kelley, Alexis Olson, Joanna Mulvey, Catherine Wagner, Sarah Kappers, Hilary Shinnick and coxswain Reilly Kearney ÃƒÂ¢Ã¢’Â¬Â¦ the champ four boat (2:16 p.m. ET – bow 8) should feature Ellen Gleadow, Gretchen Bruggeman, Elizabeth Gilbert, Kathleen Skorcz and Jill Ryan as the coxswain.
- The Irish will also have an alumni eight boat in the water at 12:54 p.m. ET (bow 34) Saturday ÃƒÂ¢Ã¢’Â¬Â¦ Notre Dame alums Ching-Ting Hwang (’12), Katie Suyo (’12), Kelsey Haddad (’13), Stephanie O’Neill (’13), Megan Keegan (’11), Erin McConnell (’12), Carol Ann Michael (’11) and Morgan Kelley (’12) with Abby Meyers (’13) as the coxswain are slated to climb into the Irish alum boat for the race.
- Notre Dame’s championship four entry will get to compete against a couple of Irish rowing alums in Molly Bruggeman (’14) and Erin Boxberger, who are expected to row for the U.S. Rowing boat in bow one ÃƒÂ¢Ã¢’Â¬Â¦ Bruggeman is coming off a gold medal in the women’s pair at the 2015 Pan American Games in July.
- A veteran crew will head to the Charles River, as all but one student-athlete out of 14 have experience at the Head of the Charles Regatta ÃƒÂ¢Ã¢’Â¬Â¦ in the championship four boat all five student-athletes have competed in at least one regatta, with Gleadow appearing in her third ÃƒÂ¢Ã¢’Â¬Â¦ in the championship eight boat eight of the nine student-athletes have experience including Kelley and Mulvey, who are making both their third appearances ÃƒÂ¢Ã¢’Â¬Â¦ senior Katherine Lumetta is the lone newcomer to the regatta, but does have two years of experience competing for the Irish.
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–Russell Dorn, Athletics Communications Assistant Director