May 5, 2003

Notre Dame, Ind. – Notre Dame head rowing coach Martin Stone today announced the signing of Ashley St. Pierre and Erin Weedon to national letters of intent. Both St. Pierre and Weedon will join the roster in the fall of 2003 and will join Alyssa Close, Jessica Guzik and Colleen Larson as members of the class of 2007.

St. Pierre, of Exeter, N.H., is competing in her fourth season rowing for Phillips Exeter Academy and head coach Chandra Glick. As a junior, St. Pierre rowed in the first eight in the fourth seat as her crew finished second at the New England Interscholastic Rowing Association Championships. Her team also claimed the Gilcreast Award given to the team with the most points. She also participated at the Northeast Rowing Center and the Holly Hatton Racing Camp during the summer of ’02.

Standing 5-10, St. Pierre was a member of the third eight her junior season as her crew recorded an undefeated season and won the NEIRA crown. She spent her summer rowing as part of the Craftsbury Sculling Camp.

Also a member of the basketball and swimming teams, St. Pierre posted a 2,000-meter erg time of 7:26.20. She was born on Oct. 21, 1984.

Weedon, from East Lyme, Conn., has served as a coxswain all four years at East Lyme High School under head coach Teresa Tucchio. She has also served as the coxswain for men’s crews at the Blood Street Sculls in Old Lyme, Conn., and the Thames River Sculls based out of the Coast Guard Academy in New London, Conn.

At East Lyme, Weedon is currently the coxswain for the varsity eight after serving in the second eight as a junior. Weedon has competed in such prestigious races as the Simsbury Invitational, the Lake Quigsigamond Cup, NEIRAs and Kent Private States. For the Blood Street Sculls, she has coxed the masters team since the spring of 2001, leading her crew to a second and fourth-place finish at the men’s masters races in Lowell, Mass., and a fourth-place result in the men’s open race at the 2002 Cromwell Cup. She also has competed in the Head of the Mystic (first), Hartford River Recapture (second), Head of the Connecticut (third) and Head of the Schuykill (third) and the Head of the Charles.

With Thames River, Weedon competed at the 2001 and 2002 United States Nationals, as well as the Independence Day Regatta and the Royal Canadian Henley.

A member of National Honor Society and French Honor Society, Weedon also participates in track and field and swimming and is a member of the choir.

“We are excited to have Ashley and Erin joining our program,” Stone says.

“They all have excellent rowing and academic credentials and will only help us in achieving the goals we have set forth for the program in the years to come.”