April 17, 2005
Notre Dame, Ind. –
The Notre Dame rowing team enjoyed a successful day of competition against Cincinnati as the Irish crews swept all seven races in Sunday morning’s regatta on the St. Joseph River in South Bend, Ind. This weekend’s regatta was a tuneup for next weekend’s two competitions against Harvard and Yale on Saturday (April 23) in Boston, Mass., and Sunday’s (April 24) BIG EAST Championships in Worcester, Mass. The Irish will head into next Sunday’s competition as the defending champions in the event.
Head Coach Martin Stone was pleased with Sunday morning’s results. “We are coming off a tough week of practice and I thought we rowed extremely well,” Stone said following the races. “We’re still working on getting the right combinations of boats for next weekend’s competition, but overall, I was pleased with our results and the times that we posted.”
The Irish varsity eight crew of coxswain Maureen Gibbons (Langhorne, Pa.), sophomore, Jessica Guzik (Annandale, Va.), senior Katie Chenoweth (East Lansing, Mich.), freshman Amanda Polk (Pittsburgh, Pa.), freshman Mary Quinn (Plymouth Meeting, Pa.), freshman Allison Marsh (Mashpee, Mass.), junior Sarah Palandech (Lakenheath, United Kingdom), senior Rachel Polinski (Mansfield, Ohio) and junior Melissa Felker (Bellevue, Wash.) defeated the Cincinnati crew by more than 10 seconds with a time of 6:34.1, while the Bearcats finished in 6:44.10.
The second varsity eight shell of sophomore coxswain Maria Romano (River Forest, Ill.), senior Meredith Thornburgh (Indianapolis, Ind.), freshman Ankica Jedry (Chicago, Ill.), senior Elizabeth Specht (Berkely, Calif.), sophomore Alyssa Close (South Dennis, Mass.), senior Devon Hegeman (Haddonfield, N.J.), freshman Casey Fairbanks (Dandridge, Tenn.), junior Pamela Jefson (Kalamazoo, Mich.) and sophomore Sarah Kate Hafner (Tampa, Fla.) crossed the finish line with a time of 6:45.80, while Cincinnati posted a time of 6:52.93.
In the varsity four race, the boat of senior coxswain Caitlin Rackish (Williamsport, Pa.), senior Kati Sedun (Lake Oswego, Ore.), senior Shannon Mohan (Naperville, Ill.), freshman Brittany Burnham (Hilton Head, S.C.) and sophomore Shannon Cassel (Bettendorf, Ia.) finished nearly 10 seconds in front of the Cincinnati crew as the Irish posted a time of 7:40.40. The Bearcat boat finished in 7:49.99.
In the second varsity four race, Notre Dame’s boat of junior coxswain Shannan Lettieri (Cairo, N.Y.), junior Danielle Stealy (Culver, Ind.), sophomore Ashley St. Pierre (Kingston, N.H.), sophomore Samantha Glass (Deerfield, Ill.) and senior Tricia Hale (Page, Ariz.) registered a time of 7:48.30, while Cincinnati finished in 8:04.90
The Irish novice eight crew of freshman coxswain Christina Padayhag (Kwajalein, Marshall Islands) and freshmen Julie Sobolewski (Haddonfield, N.J.), Lindsay McQuaid (Beaverton, Ore.), Kristan Madison (Saginaw, Mich.), Laura Pearson (Bloomington, Minn.), Carolyn Sarb (Lisle, Ill.), Kathleen Linzmeier (Coto de Caza, Calif.), Colleen McGue (Hinsdale, Ill.) and sophomore Megan Marshall (South Bend, Ind.) finished with a time of 6:55.80, while the Bearcats crossed the finish line in 7:14.28.
Notre Dame’s second novice eight boat finished more than 27 seconds better than the time posted by Cincinnati. The crew of freshman coxswain Ko Un Park (Seoul, Korea), freshmen Christina Burke (San Diego, Calif.), sophomore Kelly Czaja (Boca Raton, Fla.), freshmen Amy Vereecke (Walker, Mich.), Mary McNamara (North Potomac, Md.), Erica Castro-Larsen (Lake Matthews, Calif.), Colleen Beeler (Granger, Ind.), Alyssa Teves (Denver, Colo.), and Marie Brenner (Grand Rapids, Mich.) was clocked in 7:05.70, while Cincinnati finished with a time of 7:33.60.
The final race of the morning was third four in which the crew of sophomore coxswain Eileen Froehlke (Pittsburgh, Pa.), junior Colleen McCotter (Lutherville, Md.), sophomore Ariel Klingaman (Canton, Ohio), freshman Kaitlin Jackson (West Bloomfield, Mich.) and freshman Kaitlin O’Brien (Voorhees, Ind.) outdistanced the Cincinnati boat by nearly 54 seconds as the Irish finished in 8:19.80, compared to the Bearcats’ second-place time of 9:13.58.