The Notre Dame rowing team enjoyed a successful afternoon at this year's Head of the Elk.

Notre Dame Rowing Concludes Fall At Head Of The Elk

Nov. 2, 2004

Elkhart, Ind. – The University of Notre Dame women’s rowing team concluded the fall portion of its schedule on Sunday, October 30 at the Head of the Elk on the Upper St. Joseph River. It was the second competition of the fall season for the Irish.

Notre Dame raced in 10 events throughout the day of competition and took top honors in two of those races.

The first victory of the day came in the novice women’s eight-c race. The crew of Clara Park, Katie Smith, Christy McCool, Kaitlin Jackson, Colleen Beeler, Kelly Czaja, Colleen Lennon, Dee Gullis and Christina Gulla took top medal honors in the race as they finished with a time of 17:42.0 among nine entrants. Michigan State was second in the race in 18:33.1, followed by Grand Valley State (18:52.1).

The women’s open four-a race saw the Irish crew of Caitlin Rackish, Shannon Mohan, Melissa Felker, Mary Quinn and Amanda Polk earned a third-place finish with a time of 16:56.3 behind the Wiscosin (16:05.8) and Michgan State (16:15.7) crews.

In the women’s open four-b, the boat of Rachel Polinski, Meredith Thornburgh, Katie Chenoweth and Lindsay McQuaid notched fourth-place finish with a time of 17:15.5. Wisconsin took first with a time of 16:38.2, followed by Michgan State (16:38.3) and another boat from Wisconsin (16:59.4).

The Irish boats were seventh and eighth in the women’s open four-c race. The crew of Maureen Gibbons, Casey Fairbanks, Devon Hegeman and Jenna Redgate finished with a time of 17:50.9, while the boat of Eileen Froehlke, Kati Sedun, Sarah Kate Hafner, Allison Marsh and Andrea Doud were clocked in 17:54.0.

Notre Dame was the only school to enter boats in the women’s open two. Among the six pairs of participants, the tandem of Danielle Potts and Samantha Glass recorded the fastest time in 20:24.6.

Among the 20 entrants in the women’s novice eight-a race, Notre Dame earned a fourth-place finish as the crew of Aubrey Jarred, Mary McNamara, Carolyn Sarb, Julie Sobolewski, Erica Castro-Larson, Laura Pearson, Betsy Madison, Kathleen Linzmeier and Kaitlin O’Brien posted a time of 17:03.1 behind the boats from Wisconsin (16:38.9), Michigan State (16:48.2) and Purdue (16:58.1).

Notre Dame novice eight-b boat took second overall among 15 entrants. The crew of Joanna Bea, Amy Vereecke, Alyssa Teves, Megan Marshall, Katie Smith, Sara Redgate, Colleen McGue, Jenny Shin and Christine Burke finished with a time of 17:47.9, behind Purdue (17:38.6).

Notre Dame had two boats among the 30 entered in the women’s open eight-a race as the Irish earned fifth and seventh place finishes. The crew of Maureen Gibbons, Melissa Felker, Mary Quinn, Amanda Polk, Rachel Polinski, Meredith Thornburgh, Katie Chenoweth and Lindsay McQuaid were clocked in 15:30.5, while the boat of Maria Romano, Jessica Guzik, Casey Fairbanks, Devon Hegeman, Jenna Redgate, Kati Sedun, Sarah Kate Hafner, Allison Marsh and Andrea Doud finished with a time of 16:28.1.

In the women’s open eight-b race, Notre Dame’s lone boat among the 11 entrants earned a fifth-place finish. The crew of Caitlin Rackish, Anka Jedry, Lizzy Specht, Alyssa Close, Brittany Burnham, Ashley St. Pierre, Colleen McCotter, Shannon Cassel and Sarah Shaw posted a time of 15:49.7 behind Wiconsin (14:54.4), Michigan State (15:04.4), Wisconsin (15:05.3) and Indiana (15:33.9).

The crew of Shannon Lettieri, Danielle Potts, Tricia Hale, Meghan Chidsey, Danielle Stealy, Kristin Henkel, Ariel Klingaman Sarah Shaw and Samantha Glass took third in the women’s open eight-c with a time of 16:13.7.

Michigan State won the race with a time of 15:27.4, followed bythe boat from Wisconsin. In the race’s 10-boat field, the crew of Clare Park, Mary McNamara, Carolyn Sarb, Julie Sobolewski, Erica Castro-Larson, Laura Pearson, Betsy Madison, Kathleen Linzmeier and Kaitlin O’Brien finished sixth with a time of 17:26.0, while the boat of Paula Kim, Amy Vereecke, Alyssa Teves, Megan Marshall, Katie Smith, Dee Gullis, Colleen McGue, Jenny Shin and Marie Brenner registered a seventh-place finish in 18:11.2.