March 6, 2006
Notre Dame, Ind. – The Notre Dame women’s rowing team is gearing up for the spring portion of its schedule. Irish head coach Martin Stone and his coaching staff have once again put together a very challenging schedule for the spring.
Notre Dame will head to Knoxville, Tenn., for spring break and some rigorous training, as the Irish will prep for their first regatta of the season. Following a week of intense workouts, Notre Dame concludes the week on Sat., March 18 with a regatta against two of the nation’s top teams, Tennessee and Minnesota.
The following week, the Irish are scheduled to compete in the Lubbers Cup in Grand Rapids, Mich. on Sat., March 18. Notre Dame starts off the month of April by traveling to San Diego, Calif., for the prestigious San Diego Crew Classic. The two-day event will take place on Sat.-Sun., April 1-2 and will feature many of the nation’s top programs.
The Irish return to Indianapolis, Ind., the following weekend to compete in the Indiana Classic, Sat.-Sun. April 18-19.
Notre Dame will look to defend its team title at the BIG EAST Championship on Sun., April 30 in Worcester, Mass., at Lake Quinsigamond. The conference first began sponsoring rowing in 2001 and the first four years of the meet it was referred to as the BIG EAST Rowing Challenge. The Irish captured their first-ever crown in 2004 and followed that up with the team title in ’05 in its first year as a championship.
Two weeks following that meet, Notre Dame will be in action at the South/Central Regional Championships on Sat.-Sun., May 13-14. Regarded as one of the nation’s most competitive collegiate rowing events, the two-day regatta once again will take place in Oak Ridge, Tenn.
The NCAA Championships will be held Fri-Sun., May 26-28 at Mercer Lake in West Windsor, N.J. Notre Dame will be looking to garner its first-ever team bid. The Irish varsity eight boats have competed as at-large representatives in both 2002 and ’04.