Molly Bruggeman and the Notre Dame varsity eight defeated No. 15 Wisconsin and No. 17 Washington State at the Lake Natoma Invitational Sunday

No. 12 Irish Claim Share Of Third Place At Lake Natoma Invitational

April 21, 2013

SACRAMENTO, Calif. – The University of Notre Dame rowing team recorded a pair of race victories Sunday to close the Lake Natoma Invitational in a tie for third place with No. 9 Stanford.

The No. 12 Irish collected seven points over the two days of competition to finish just two points behind No. 1 USC and one point behind No. 2 California.

Notre Dame’s first varsity eight launch, consisting of coxswain Abby Meyers, Joanna Poinsatte, Joanna Mulvey, Stephanie O’Neill, Courtney Gaberino, Erin Boxberger, Ailish Sheehan, Anna Kottkamp and Molly Bruggeman, set a new season-best time against No. 15 Wisconsin and No. 17 Washington State. The Irish logged an effort of 6:30.30 to earn the race win over the Cougars (6:35.40) and Badgers (6:38.50).

In the second varsity eight, coxswain Christina Dines, Paige Aiello, Teresa Blumenstein, Ingrid Woelfel, Carlee Beckler, Rose Doerfler, Kelsey Haddad, Kelsey Sekanick and Teresa Rubinger led Notre Dame to victory in 6:36.70. Wisconsin (6:39.00) and Washington State (6:46.00) finished in second and third place, respectively.

The Irish closed the weekend with a runner-up result in the varsity four race. Coxswain Danni Schneider, Kelsey Murphy, Ellen Gleadow, Stella Willoughby and Kiersten DeHaven completed the trek in 7:23.60 to finish just behind Washington State (7:20.00).

Notre Dame returns to the water April 26-27 at the Dale England Cup in Bloomington, Ind.