April 17, 2016
Saturday Schedule (All ET)
12pm: 1st Varsity Four – vs. California & Iowa (3rd – 7:34.48)
12:30pm: 2nd Varsity Eight – vs. California & Iowa (2nd – 6:32.72)
1pm: 1st Varsity Eight – vs. California & Iowa (2nd – 6:29.67)
1:30pm: 2nd Varsity Four – vs. Brown & Gonzaga (2nd – 7:28.80)
7pm: 1st Varsity Four – vs. Stanford & Wisconsin (3rd – 7:47.01)
7:30pm: 2nd Varsity Eight – vs. Stanford & Wisconsin (2nd – 6:39.35)
8pm: 1st Varsity Eight – vs. Stanford & Wisconsin (3rd – 6:36.43)
8:30pm: 2nd Varsity Four (Grand Final) – vs. California & Brown (3rd – 7:28.17)
Sunday Schedule (All ET)
11:30am: 1st Varsity Four – vs. Gonzaga, Wisconsin & Iowa (4th/4 – 7:31.25)
12pm: 2nd Varsity Eight – vs. Gonzaga, Wisconsin & Iowa (2nd/4 – 6:31.10)
12:35pm: 1st Varsity Eight – vs. Gonzaga, Wisconsin & Iowa (3rd/4 – 6:22.88)
By Russell Dorn
LAKE NATOMA, Calif. – The No. 18 University of Notre Dame rowing team turned in weekend-best times in all three races Sunday morning to wrap up action at the Lake Natoma Invitational.
Facing off against No. 12 Wisconsin, No. 15 Gonzaga and No. 16 Iowa, the Irish more than held their own as they continue to drop times with the critical portion of the season drawing ever closer.
“Overall we are pleased and proud of our team. They did well and raced really hard against some very fast teams,” said head coach Martin Stone. “We feel like we have a pretty good feel for where we stand and what we need to do to pick up some speed. We definitely feel like there is some speed left on the course that we can find. We have picked up speed all spring and we think that will continue.”
The first varsity four turned in its best time of the weekend in the day’s opening race (7:31.25). The second varsity eight looked impressive in the day’s second race, stopping the clock at 6:31.10 to beat both the Bulldogs and the Hawkeyes. The first varsity eight closed out the day by going a speedy 6:22.88 to beat Iowa.
Notre Dame wraps up regular season action next weekend (April 22-23) at the Dale England Cup regatta in Bloomington, Indiana (Lake Lemon). The 2016 Atlantic Coast Conference Championships are set for May 13-14 at Lake Hartwell in Clemson, South Carolina.
For more information on the Notre Dame rowing program, follow the Irish on Facebook (/NDWomensRowing) and Twitter (@NDRowing).
Russell Dorn, athletics communications assistant director at the University of Notre Dame, has been part of the Fighting Irish athletics communications team since 2011 and coordinates all media efforts for the Notre Dame volleyball, rowing and baseball programs. A native of Greenwood, South Carolina, Dorn graduated from Furman University in 2008 with a bachelor’s degree in history before earning his master’s degree in sports communications from Georgia State University in 2011.