Notre Dame's is primed for Sunday's BIG EAST races in Worcester, Mass.

Notre Dame Faces Tough Weekend Of Competition As Irish Look To Defend BIG EAST Title

April 22, 2005

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NOTRE DAME SET FOR TWO EVENTS THIS WEEKEND IN NEW ENGLAND: Notre Dame will travel to Massachusetts this weekend for two regattas this weekend … The Irish will be in Boston, Mass., on Saturday, April 23 when they face Harvard and Yale in a tri-regatta … The following day (Sunday, April 24), Notre Dame will look to defend its title at the 2005 BIG EAST Rowing Championship in Worcester, Mass. … The fifth annual event is set to take place at Lake Quinsigamond — a 2,000 – meter rowing course located at Regatta Point State Park — and begins at 8:40 a.m.

THE BIG EAST SCHEDULE: 8:40 a.m. Novice Eight Heat 8:50 a.m. Novice Eight Heat 9:00 a.m. Varsity Four Heat 9:10 a.m. Varsity Four Heat 9:20 a.m. Second Varsity Four Heat 9:30 a.m. Second Varsity Four Heat 9:40 a.m. Varsity Eight Heat 9:50 a.m. Varsity Eight Heat 12:30 p.m. Second Varsity Four FINAL 12:40 p.m. Novice Four FINAL 12:50 a.m. Novice Eight FINAL 1:00 p.m. Varsity Four Petite FINAL 1:10 p.m. Varsity Four Grand FINAL 1:30 p.m. Second Varsity Eight Petite FINAL 1:40 p.m. Second Varsity Eight Grand FINAL 2:00 p.m. Varsity Eight Petite FINAL 2:10 p.m. Varsity Eight Grand FINAL

WEEKEND LINEUPS: Here are the boating lineups for this weekend’s competitions:

Varsity Eight: Maureen Gibbons (c), Jessica Guzik, Kathleen Chenoweth, Amanda Polk, Mary Quinn, Allison Marsh, Sarah Palandech, Rachel Polinski and Melissa Felker

Second Varsity Eight: Maria Romano (c), Meredith Thornburgh, Ankica Jedry, Elizabeth Specht, Alyssa Close, Devon Hegeman, Andrea Doud, Pamela Jefson and Sarah Kate Hafner

Varsity Four: Caitlin Rackish (c), Shannon Mohan, Kati Sedun, Casey Fairbanks and Brittany Burnham

Second Varsity Four: Shannan Lettieri, Shannon Cassel, Danielle Stealy, Ashley St. Pierre and Tricia Hale

Novice Eight: Christine Padayhag (c), Julie Sobolewski, Lindsay McQuid, Betsy Madison, Laura Pearson, Carolyn Sarb, Kathleen Linzmeier, Colleen McGue and Megan Marshall

Novice Four: Ko-Un Park (c), Christine Burke, Mary McNamara, Amy Vereecke and Colleen Beeler

SEVEN YEARS YOUNG: The Notre Dame program is in its seventh season of competition at the varsity level … It was granted varsity status in 1996 and then competed in its first regatta in the fall of 1998 … The Irish claimed the BIG EAST Rowing Challenge title in 2004 after three consecutive runner-up finishes … The Irish varsity eight crew also earned an at-large berth in the NCAA Championships for the second time in school history and placed 11th … Notre Dame also was 16th in the final US Rowing/CRCA poll.

HEAD COACH Martin Stone: Martin Stone has been the only coach the Notre Dame rowing program has known … He was named head coach on October 29, 1997 after five years as head coach at the United States Naval Academy … Stone has guided the Irish varsity eight to two NCAA appearances — 2002 (finished 16th) and 2004 (finished 11th) … Last season, he was selected BIG EAST Coach of the Year after leading the Irish to their first-ever team title at the 2004 BIG EAST Rowing Challenge.

THE CAPTAINS: Senior coxswain Maureen Gibbons (Langhorne, Pa.) and senior stroke Meredith Thornburgh (Indianapolis, Ind.) will serve as captains for the 2004-05 campaign … Gibbons was a member of the Irish varsity eight crew which won the BIG EAST title and earned an at-large berth in the NCAA Championships in 2004 … Thornburgh rowed in the first varsity four boat that won the gold medal in that event last season.

INTERNATIONAL EXPERIENCE: Freshman Amanda Polk (Pittsburgh, Pa.) was a member of the United States Rowing Junior National Team in the summer of 2004 that competed at the FISA Senior and Junior World Rowing Championships in Banyoles, Spain … She was a member of the junior women’s eight crew that won the B final to earn a seventh-place finish overall in the event.

IRISH LOOK TO DEFEND BIG EAST CROWN: Notre Dame captured the 2004 BIG EAST title in the fourth annual event a year ago after three consecutive runner-up finishes in 2001, 2002 and 2003 … The Irish won four of five races to claim their first-ever crown … Notre Dame captured the varsity eight, second varsity eight, varsity four and second varsity varsity four races and finished third in the novice eight race … In a non-scoring race, Notre Dame’s novice four boat finished first … Martin Stone was named Coach of the Year. 2004 BIG EAST Final Team Standings 1. Notre Dame 116 2. Miami 92 3. Syracuse 82 4. Rutgers 74 5. Georgetown 73 6. Boston College 70 7. Connecticut 46 8. Villanova 40 9. West Virginia 31

NEXT UP FOR THE IRISH: Notre Dame will row at the South/Central Regional Championships Saturday-Sunday, May 14-15 in Oak Ridge, Tenn.