AS A SENIOR: Rowed with the Irish second varsity eight boat during the spring season … won a pair of heats against Duke and Buffalo to kick off the schedule, winning the first in a time of 5:14.5 before taking the second with a mark of 5:18.3 … finished third against Michigan and Michigan State two weeks later, stopping the clock at 6:54.9 … the following day, defeated Indiana, Buffalo, Purdue and Eastern Michigan after posting a time of 7:20.7 … recorded a pair of second-place results against USC and UCLA, finishing the morning race against the Trojans in 7:11.83 and the afternoon run against the Bruins in 7:53.21 … earned two race victories at the BIG EAST Championships, winning the preliminary heat in a time of 7:05.373 before going on to win grand final gold after posting a time of 7:21.397 … qualified for a spot in the petite finals at the Central/South Sprints, finishing fifth in the race with a final time of 7:08.19 … helped the top finishing collegiate eight boat pull in a fifth-place finish with a 15:48.08 time at the Head of the Rock regatta … rowed in the collegiate four race to a seventh-place finish with a 17:26.86 time … against Indiana and Iowa, rowed in the Notre Dame varsity four ‘D’ boat to gain a third-place, 14:43.0 finish … added a fourth-place finish in a time of 13:20.8 for the Notre Dame ‘B’ varsity eight boat in the flight 1 race against Indiana, Iowa, and Michigan State … named to BIG EAST All-Academic Team.
AS A JUNIOR: Was a member of the varsity four boat for the Irish on the spring season … finished second to Michigan State in the opening event in a time of 8:29.18 … the following day defeated Indiana and Purdue in a five-boat race with a winning time of 6:49.80 … earned a pair of third-place finishes at the four-team regatta at Ohio State … crossed the finish line after Brown and Ohio State with a final time of 7:24.10 in the morning session … followed that up by crossing the finish line at 7:25.07, behind Brown and Minnesota in the afternoon session … helped the crew capture the gold medal at the BIG EAST Championships in 7:36.622, after qualifying for the race with the best time in its heat at 7:53.814 … at the South/Central Sprints, earned a spot in the petite finals with finishes of second place (6:37.83) in the preliminary heat and fourth place (6:16.00) in the semifinal race…captured the petite final victory by crossing the finish line in a time of 6:27.10 … at the Head of the Rock Regatta, participated with the varsity eight ‘A’ boat and helped her crew to the best time of the heat for the Irish, registering a time of 16:41.60 … the finish was good for fifth in the heat … sat with the Notre Dame ‘C’ boat at the Southland Regatta and helped the crew to a finishing time of 17:46.69, qualifying them for the ‘E’ final, in the final, the crew completed the race in a time of 7:32.50 … member of the BIG EAST Academic All-Star Team … received first monogram with the Irish.
AS A SOPHOMORE: Rowed in the varsity eight boat at the Lubbers Cup and placed first with a time of 6:55.40 … helped team to a first and second place finish versus Michigan State in the third varsity four … member of the second varsity four boat that finished second (7:37.5) at the Indiana Invite … member of open four crew that finished fourth in the Grand Final at Central/South Region Championship with a time of 7:39.70 … a member of the varsity eight crew which placed eighth at the Head of the Rock in a time of 16:15.53 … rowed with the varsity eight crew which placed 18th at the Cal-Sag Regatta … also rowed in the varsity eight final E and placed third.
AS A FRESHMAN: Part of Notre Dame[apos]s successful novice eight ‘A’ boat during spring … rowed with novice eight boat which made the Grand Finals at the Central/South Region Championships and finished … placed second at the BIG EAST Championships, behind first-place Syracuse with a time of 6:58.14 … her novice eight ‘A’ boat won seven straight races to open the spring, posting three victories over Tennessee and Minnesota, a win over Alabama and Cincinnati, a win over Michigan and Michigan State, a victory of California, and a win at the Windemere Classic over UCLA … lost first race of the season to Virginia despite posting a time of 6:56.7 … rowed with novice eight ‘A’ boat that finished fourth at the Head of the Rock.
PREP AND PERSONAL: Earned five letters – one in basketball and four in softball … played first base … garnered MVP honors in her junior and senior seasons … led Patoka Lake Athletic Conference with eight triples … also owned top batting average in conference during her junior (.424) and senior seasons (.508) … her softball team finished 9th in the 2003 National Softball Tournament and placed first in 2004 at the Indiana State Softball All-Stars Tournament…served as president of Student Body, Senior Class, and National Honor Society and worked as the Yearbook Editor-In-Chief…daughter of Marty and LouAnn Backer…born November 18, 1987 in Evansville, Ind. … graduated from the Mendoza College of Business as a double major in marketing and political science.