April 2, 2000

Mishawaka, Ind. – Notre Dame, competing in only its second-ever home regatta as a varsity program, swept all four races today against Drake in cold and rainy conditions on the St. Joseph River. Notre Dame took the first two spots in the Varsity Eight as the Irish “A” boat completed the race in 6:28.50, while the “B” vessel finished 9.5 seconds later at 6:38.00. In the Novice Four race, Notre Dame once against claimed first and second place in times of 7:44.90 and 7:50.90, respectively.

The closest race of the day was the Varsity Four as Notre Dame narrowly edged out Drake in a time of 7:28.45, only 4.2 seconds ahead of the Bulldogs, who finished in 7:32.70. The Novice Eight race saw Notre Dame claim the top two positions again as the Irish “A” team finished in a time of 6:38.50.

This was the first-ever varsity race for the Bulldogs as Drake added rowing this season. Notre Dame is in its second season of varsity competition.

The Irish are back in the water Saturday, April 8, as they row at the Indiana Championships in West Lafayette, Ind. Meet time is yet to be determined.

Notre Dame vs. Drake

Varsity Eight 1. Notre Dame “A” 6:28.50 2. Notre Dame “B” 6:38.00 3. Drake “A” 6:57.00

Novice Four 1. Notre Dame “A” 7:44.90 2. Notre Dame “B” 7:50.90 3. Drake “A” 7:59.50

Varsity Four 1. Notre Dame “A” 7:28.45 2. Drake “A” 7:32.70

Novice Eight 1. Notre Dame “A” 6:38.50 2. Notre Dame “B” 6:52.70 3. Drake “A” 7:02.00 4. Notre Dame “C” 7:27.20