May 13, 2005
Notre Dame, Ind. –
NOTRE DAME TRAVELS TO TENNESSEE FOR FINAL COMPETITION BEFORE NCAAs: The Notre Dame women’s rowing team travels to Oakridge, Tenn., for the 2005 Aramark Central/South Region Sprints — the final competition of the season leading up to the NCAAs … The competition will take place at Oak Ridge’s Melton Hill Lake May 14-15 … A total of 21 teams will be competition in this year’s event … Representing the Central Regiona will be: Cincinnati, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Kansas State, Michigan, Michigan State, Minnesota, NOTRE DAME, Ohio State and Wisconsin … The South Region is comprised of Central Florida, Clemson, Duke, Louisville, Miami (Fla.), North Carolina, SMU, Tennessee, Texas and Virginia
RACING SCHEDULE: Saturday, May 14 9:00 a.m. Open Four – Heat 1 Clemson, Kansas, Miami, Ohio State, Duke 9:1 0 a.m. Open Four – Heat 2 Cincinnati, Indiana, Iowa, NOTRE DAME, Texas 9:20 a.m. Open Four – Heat 3 Wisconsin, Virginia, Tennessee, Michigan 9:30 a.m. First Novice Eight – Heat 1 Iowa, Duke, Michigan, NOTRE DAME, UCF 9:40 a.m. First Novice Eight – Heat 2 Kansas State, Ohio State, Clemson, Cincinnati 9:50 a.m. First Novice Eight – Heat 3 Virginia, Tennessee, Wisconsin, North Carolina 10:00 a.m. First Varsity Four – Heat 1 Indiana, Ohio State, Virginia, Minnesota, Cincinnati 10:10 a.m. First Varisty Four – Heat 2 UCF, Texas, Michigan State, NOTRE DAME, Clemson, Kansas State 10:20 a.m. First Varsity Four – Heat 3 Miami, Tennessee, Wisconsin, Michigan, Louisville, Kansas 10:30 a.m. Second Varsity Eight – Heat 1 Kansas State, NOTRE DAME, Virginia, Clemson, Kansas 10:40 a.m. Second Varsity Eight – Heat 2 UCF, Indiana, Ohio State, Tennessee, Cincinnati 10:50 a.m. Second Varsity Eight – Heat 3 Miami, Duke, Michigan State, Texas, Louisville 11:00 a.m. Second Varsity Eight – Heat 4 Minnesota, Wisconsin, Michigan, North Carolina 11:10 a.m. First Varsity Eight – Heat 1 Cincinnati, Indiana, Michigan State, Louisville, Kansas 11:20 a.m. First Varisty Eight – Heat 2 Miami, Texas, Ohio State, Minnesota, UCF 11:30 a.m. First Varsity Eight – Heat 3 North Carolina, NOTRE DAME, Michigan, Wisconsin, Duke 11:40 a.m. First Varsity Eight – Heat 4 Kansas State. Clemson, Tennessee, Virginia, Iowa, SMU 2:00 p.m. Open Four – Repechage 1 2:10 p.m. Open Four – Repechage 2 2:20 p.m. First Novice Eight – Repechage 1 2:30 p.m. First Novice Eight – Repachage 2 2:40 p.m. First Varisty Four – Semifinal 1 2:50 p.m. First Varsity Four – Semifinal 2 3:00 p.m. Second Varsity Eight – Semifinal 1 3:10 p.m. Second Varsity Eight- Semifinal 2 3:20 p.m. First Varsity Eight – Semifinal 1 3:30 p.m. First Varsity Eight – Semifinal 2 3:40 p.m. First Varsity Eight – Semifinal 3 3:50 p.m. First Varisty Eight – Semifinal 4 Sunday May 15 9:00 a.m. First Varisty Eight – D Level Final 9:10 a.m. First Varsity Four – C Level Final 9:20 a.m. Second Varsity Eight – C Level Final 9:30 a.m. First Varsity Eight – C Level Final 9:40 a.m. Open Four – Final B 9:50 a.m. Second Novice Eight – Final A Clemson, Ohio State, Cincinnati, Tennessee, Virginia 10:00 a.m. Open Four – Final 4 10:10 a.m. First Novice Eight – Final B 10:20 a.m. First Novice Eight – Final A 10:30 a.m. First Varsity Four – Final B 10:40 a.m. First Varsity Four – Final A 10:50 a.m. Second Varsity Eight – Final B 11:00 a.m. Second Varsity Eight – Final A 11:10 a.m. First Varsity Eight – Final B 11:20 a.m. First Varisty Eight – Final A
WEEKEND LINEUPS: Here are the boating lineups for this weekend’s competition:
Open Four: Shannan Lettieri, Shannon Cassel, Danielle Stealy, Ashley St. Pierre and Tricia Hale
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 WIN BIG EAST CROWN: Notre Dame won four races en route to caputring its first-ever BIG EAST Conference championship title … The Irish second varsity eight, varsity four, second varsity four and novice four boats were victorious en route to the team title … Notre Dame took second in the varisty eight and novice eight races … This was the fifth year for the event … The previous four conference regattas were termed “challenges” … The Irish won the BIG EAST rowing event for the seocnd straight year after finishing first at the 2004 Challenge. 2005 BIG EAST Final Team Standings 1. Notre Dame 116 7. Villanova 44 2. Boston College 92 8. West Virginia 40 3. Rutgers 90 4. Connecticut 76 5. Syracuse 75 6. Georgetown 45