Katherine Linnemanstons

Notre Dame Rowers Win Six Of Seven Races In Indianapolis

March 28, 2010

INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. – The Notre Dame rowing team won six of seven races on Sunday morning (March 28) at Eagle Creek Reservoir in Indianapolis, Ind. as the Irish faced Indiana, Purdue, Buffalo and Eastern Michigan. It marked the second straight day of competition for head coach Martin Stone’s squad following yesterday’s three-way regatta with Michigan State and Michigan.

Notre Dame won the varsity eight, second varsity eight, varsity four, novice eight, second novice eight and novice four races.

The Irish posted a win in the varsity four race for the second straight day. On Sunday, the crew of coxswain Rachel Louie (Westfield, N.J.), Joanna Poinsatte (Chattanooga, Tenn.), Paige White (Boise, Idaho), Hannah Jackson (Moscow, Idaho) and Kathryn Monahan (Evanston, Ill.) finished just under 16 seconds ahead of second-place Buffalo. Notre Dame posted a time of 8:06.7, while Buffalo finished with a time of 8:22.6. Indiana took third in 8:33.6, followed by Purdue (8:55.6) and Eastern Michigan (9:13.7).

Notre Dame’s varsity eight crew of coxswain Sarah Keithley (Austin, Texas), Morgan Kelley (Windermere, Fla.,), Casey Robinson (Alexandria, Va.), Katherine Linnemanstons (Mequon, Wis.), Brittney Kelly (Wexford, Pa.), Carol Ann Michel (Princeton, N.J.), Genevieve Malone (Dayton, Ohio), Stephanie O’Neill (Vienna, Va.) and Stephanie Gretsch (Downers Grove, Ill) edged out Indiana in the five-boat race as the Irish crossed the finish line in 7:06.0. Indiana finished with a time of 7:07.6, followed by Purdue (7:09.8), Buffalo (7:16.0) and Eastern Michigan (7:45.1).

The Irish second varsity eight crew of coxswain Jacqueline Gilhooly (Palos Heights, Ill.), Megan Keegan (Marietta, Ohio), Braegan Padley (Boise, Idaho), Valerie Brencher (Lumberton, N.J.), Katie Suyo (Yardley, Pa.), Emily Backer (Cannelton, Ind.), Erin McConnell (Simsbury, Conn.), Emily Crosby (Middleton, N.J.) and Christina Buckley (Huntington, N.Y.) also edged out a win in their race. Notre Dame’s time of 7:20.7 was less than a second better than Buffalo’s second-place time of 7:21.4. Indiana took third in the race with a time of 7:21.4, followed by Indiana (7:32.2), Purdue (7:49.4) and Eastern Michigan (8:02.3).

Notre Dame’s novice eight boat of coxswain Abby Meyers (Dayton, Ohio), Sarah Thompson (Los Angeles, Calif.), Meghan Vertovec (LaGrange Park, Ill.), Maura Newell (Seattle, Wash.), Kelsey Haddad (Berwyn, Pa.), Paige Aiello (Rochester Hills, Mich.), Analisa LaMair-Orosco (Silver City, N.M.), Alyce Kanabrocki (Chicago, Ill.) and Kelsey Murphy (Winthrop, Maine) turned in one of the day’s most impressive performances by posting nearly a 20-second victory in its race. The Irish finished with a time of 7:49.9, followed by Indiana (8:05.5), Buffalo (8:07.2), Purdue (8:15.0) and Eastern Michigan (9:33.9).

Notre Dame’s second novice eight crew of coxswain Lauren Peartree (Rochester, N.Y.), Sylvianne Velasquez (San Antonio, Texas), Teresa Blumenstein (Westmont, N.J.), Sarah McShane (South Bend, Ind.), Camille Sharrow (China, Mich.), Kimberly Dunbar (Clarence, N.Y.), Jennifer Lee (Holmdel, N.J.), Caitlin Connelly (St. Paul, Minn.) and Catherine Herrmann (Eagan, Minn.) was equally impressive in its nearly 30-second win over Purdue. The Irish posted a time of 8:02.8, while the Boilermakers crossed the finish line in 8:32.0.

Notre Dame registered first and third-place finishes in the novice four race. The Irish B crew of coxswain Kerry Casey (Brewster, N.Y.), Sylvianne Velasquez (San Antonio, Texas), Teresa Blumenstein (Westmont, N.J.), Kimberly Dunbar (Clarence, N.Y.) and Camille Sharrow (China, Mich.) had the best time of the four boats as they crossed the finish line in 9:00.5. Buffalo was second in 9:07.9, followed by the Notre Dame A boat of coxswain Danni Schneider (Mound, Minn.), Jennifer Lee (Holmdel, N.J.), Sarah McShane (South Bend, Ind.), Catherine Hermann (Eagan, Minn.) and Caitlin Connelly (St. Paul, Minn.) took third in 9:18.8, while Purdue was fourth in 10:21.4.

Notre Dame’s second varsity four crew of coxswain Alicia Elliott (Ambler, Pa.), Brianna Krafcik (Aurora, Ohio), Meghan Salomon (Cincinnati, Ohio), Ching-Ting Hwang (Chesterfield, Mo.) and Andrea Archer (Redding, Conn.) was the only Irish crew not to finish first as they took second in their race with a time of 8:41.5. Buffalo won the race in 8:34.5, while Purdue was third (8:50.4) and Indiana was fourth in 9:06.4).

The Irish return to action in two weeks when he travels to Los Angeles, Calif., to face UCLA and USC on Sat., April 10.