Notre Dame Fighting Irish - Official Athletics Website

Pierce Earns U-23 World Championship Berth

June 29, 2017

Molly Pierce, a rising junior on the University of Notre Dame women’s rowing team, earned a spot to represent the United States and U.S. Rowing in the 2017 World Rowing Under-23 Championships in Plovdiv, Bulgaria.

The Wayland, Massacusetts, native, rallied from third place to first place in the final 750 meters of the Women’s Lightweight Single Sculls final qualifying race at Mercer Lake, in West Windsor, New Jersey, on Thursday, June 29th, finishing first in 8:13.69.

You can watch Pierce’s impressive finish to the race below by fast-forwarding to the 1:44.40 mark.

Pierce will represent U.S Rowing at the world championship in Bulgaria, from July 19-23, 2017, in Plovdiv, Bulgaria.

This marks the second consecutive summer that Pierce will compete internationally at the U-23 world championship. Last year, she was a member of the U-23 Lightweight Quadruple Sculls team that finished eighth at the world championship in Rotterdam, Netherlands.

Pierce spent much of the 2016-17 Notre Dame rowing season as a member of the Second Varsity Four, which finished sixth at the ACC Championship.