Casey Robinson and the Notre Dame varsity eight boat will be competing with some of the best teams from across the country

Notre Dame Varsity Eight Boats Head To San Diego Crew Classic

April 3, 2009

NOTRE DAME, Ind. – The Notre Dame varsity eight boats return to action on Saturday and Sunday, Apr. 4-5 when the Irish head out west to the prestigious San Diego Crew Classic. Racing all weekend will be held at Mission Bay. The Irish will compete in both the first varsity eight and second varsity eight events over the course of the two-day event.

Notre Dame is slated to begin its races at 11:50 a.m. (ET)/8:50 a.m. (PT) when the first varsity eight boat will compete Race 9 of the day for the Jessup Whittier Cup. The Irish will be tested in the race, as among the other boats in the race are No. 4 Washington, No. 6 Michigan and No. 18 Oregon State (according to Collegiate Rowing Coaches Association (CRCA)/USRowing polls). Also in the field will be Iowa, which received votes in the most recent poll released, and Cal-Davis. The Irish boating for the varsity eight race will be coxswain Stephanie Szegedi (South Lyon, Mich.), Anni Nowhitney (Ballston Spa, N.Y.), Casey Robinson (Alexandria, Va.), Katherine Linnemanstons (Mequon, Wis.), Brittney Kelly (Wexford, Pa.), Christine Trezza (Staten Island, N.Y.), Emily Crosby (Middletown, N.J.), Christina Buckley (Huntington, N.Y.) and Lauren Buck (Flint, Mich.).

The second varsity eight, crewed by coxswain Kelsey Otero (Mequon, Wis.), Megan Keegan (Marietta, Ohio), Mallory Glass (Fernandina Beach, Fla.), Carol Ann Michel (Princeton, N.J.), Erin McConnell (Simsbury, Conn.), Genevive Malone (Dayton, Ohio), Morgan Kelley (Windermere, Fla.), Elli Greybar (Western Springs, Ill.) and Erica Copeland (Marietta, Ga.), is set to take to the water at 12:50 p.m. (ET)/9:50 a.m. (PT) when it competes in Race 15 for the Jackie Ann Stitt Hungness Trophy. Among the other boats in the field will be the second varsity eight boat of No. 4 Washington, No. 13 UCLA, Iowa, and St. Mary’s.

“We’re excited about racing this weekend and know that these races give us a good chance to see where we are with some of the best in the country,” Irish head coach Martin Stone stated. “In our heat Saturday morning we race No. 4 Washington, No. 6 Michigan and #18 Oregon state, and then also in our heat are Iowa and UC-Davis. In the other heat it is the second varsity boat for Washington, who again is No. 4 nationally, UCLA is 13, Iowa and St. Mary’s. We will get a good chance to compete against some top 20 teams and we’re definitely looking to redeem ourselves from last weekend and Saturday’s loss against Michigan State.”

Tune into for live streaming video of the Irish rowers as they compete with some of the best teams from across the country. Live video stream will be provided for every race, beginning at 10:30 a.m. (ET)/7:30 a.m. (PT) on Saturday, Apr. 4 and running through 8:20 p.m. (ET)/5:20 p.m. (PT) on Sunday, Apr. 5. ESPNU will also be broadcasting 2009 Crew Classic highlights at 7:00 p.m. (ET)/4:00 p.m. (PT) on Thursday, May 7 and will be rebroadcast at designated times throughout the month of May.

Irish Boatings For San Diego Crew Classic:

First Varsity Eight: Stephanie Szegedi (C), Anni Nowhitney, Casey Robinson, Katherine Linnemanstons, Brittney Kelly, Christine Trezza, Emily Crosby, Christina Buckley, Lauren Buck

Second Varsity Eight: Kelsey Otero (C), Megan Keegan, Mallory Glass, Carol Ann Michel, Erin McConnell, Genevive Malone, Morgan Kelley, Elli Greybar, Erica Copeland