AS A SENIOR: Did not compete for the Irish in the spring … finished seventh out of 24 boats at the Head of the Rock with the varsity eight ‘B’ boat.
AS A JUNIOR: Rowed with Notre Dame varsity four ‘A’ boat that captured win at Lubbers Cup … also member of second varsity eight boat that captured win at Lubbers Cup … sat in second varsity four boat that won Grand Finals at BIG EAST Championships with a time of 7:46.92 … member of open four boat that finished fifth at Central/South Region Championships in 7:53.93 … at the season-opening regatta, she was a member of the piece one crew that finished in a time of 10:01.00, good enough for fourth place…finished fifth in the piece two race coming in at 9:42.00 … sat in the two seat in the piece three race and captured a third-place finish … competed in the open eight at the Head of the Rock and finished with a time of 16:34.14 to collect a sixth-place finish … in the open eight at the Notre Dame Invitational her boat finished fifth in a time of 14:23.8 … captured a victory in the open eight-b at the Head of the Elk (14:45.41), sat in the two seat.
AS A SOPHOMORE: Earned her first monogram with the Irish…rowed with the second varsity eight during the 2004-2005 season … ended the season with a sixth place finish in the Central/South Region Sprints Grand finals … crowned BIG EAST Champion with a time of 8:23.11 … finished second against Yale and Harvard … earned a first place finish over Louisville and Indiana … defeated Cincinnati … topped Purdue in a time of 7:14.0 … placed third in the JV Petite Final at the San Diego Crew Classic. Sat in the six seat for the fall season … finished 18th in the open eight with a time of 16:47.56 at the Head of the Rock … competed in the open eight-b race at the Head of the Elk, where her boat collected a fifth-place showing in a time of 15:49.7 … placed fifth in the pairs race at the Head of the Elk, racing with Specht.
AS A FRESHMAN: Rowed as member of the first and second varsity four and novice eight in her first season for the Irish … earned runner-up honors against Michigan State in all three sessions, as well as versus Duke … finished in third place against Michigan, Clemson, Eastern Michigan and Michigan State in the second varsity four … placed third behind Michigan State and another Notre Dame team in the second varsity four event at the Indiana Crew Classic … placed second against Boston University and Northeastern in the novice eight … came in third in the novice eight grand final behind Georgetown and Miami with a time of 7:26.81 at the BIG EAST Rowing Challenge … earned sixth-place honors in the grand finals of the Central Sprints … in the fall, was a member of the third varsity eight in her first collegiate race at the Head of the Rock … placed 12th in 17:28.30 … also rowed as a member of the novice four at the Head of Rock, which won first … finished third at the Head of the Eagle in the first varsity eight race.
PREP AND PERSONAL: Rowed at Tabor Academy … a member of the first boat the last three years … served as co-captain senior year … rowed at the prestigious Head of the Charles as a junior and senior … also competed at the Henley Women[apos]s Regatta in 2001 … won the petite finals at the NEIRA Championships in 2002 with the fifth-fastest time … advanced to the grand finals of the NEIRAs in 2003 … also ran cross country and played basketball in high school … won the Hoyle Bowl Award for contributions to the rowing team as a senior … most improved athlete in cross country as a senior … attended same high school as current Irish basketball player Torin Francis and teammate Brittany Burnham … one of two children for Michael and Rosemary Close … born Oct. 4, 1984, in Hyannis, Mass. … enrolled in the College of Arts and Letters, majoring in psychology.