UND Roster

2008-09 Women's Rowing Roster

Erica Copeland

Height 5'8''
Class Senior
Hometown Marietta, GA
High School George Walton

AS A SENIOR: Rowed with the second varsity eight boat for the Irish in the spring season … earned BIG EAST Crew of the Week honors (April 8) for the boat[apos]s efforts at the San Diego Crew Classic … was the recipient of the 2009 Top Gun Award and was named as the Notre Dame Club of St. Joseph Valley Rockne Student-Athlete Award winner … helped guide boat to a second-place finish at Michigan State, stopping the clock at 7:32.03 … rowed to a race victory the following day against Indiana and Purdue in a time of 5:46.60 … competed in the San Diego Crew Classic, finishing second in the qualifying heat (7:06.49) and earning a spot in the grand final … placed fifth in the grand final with a time of 7:09.47 … helped her boat to a third-place finish (6:41.14) against Brown and Ohio State in the morning session … finished in second place (6:36.78) in the afternoon session, defeating Minnesota and falling to Brown … went on to earn two race victories at the BIG EAST Championships … captured the preliminary heat victory with a final time of 7:24.704 … later won the gold medal in the grand final, stopping the clock at 6:42.547 … helped her boat earn a spot in the petite finals at the South/Central Sprints after finishing the prelim in second place (6:37.83) and the semifinal heat in fourth place (6:37.83) … went on to win the petite final, holding off second place Iowa, with a final time of 6:27.10 … rowed in the varsity eight ‘B’ boat in the Head of the Rock Regatta and helped propel the Irish to a sixth-place finish in the heat, recording a time of 16:41.60 … the finish was the second best for the Irish in the heat … was honored as National Scholar Athlete by Collegiate Rowing Coaches Association (CRCA) … named to the BIG EAST Academic All-Star Team along with receiving her third consecutive monogram with the Irish.

AS A JUNIOR: Key member of second varsity eight crew … a member of the varsity eight blue that placed first twice and finished second against Northeastern … rowed to victories over Stanford (7:13.26) and UCLA (7:29.9) at the Pac-10 Challenge with the second varsity eight … raced to second-place finish and a first place finish in the second varsity eight versus Michigan State … helped lead the second varsity eight to a first place finish at the Indiana Invite crossing the finish line at 6:32.5 … rowed to two first place finished and one second place finish at the Charles River Challenge … raced in the BIG EAST Championship to a first-place finish in the second varsity eight with a time of 6:51.80 … her second varsity eight crew finished third in the Grand Final at the Central/South Region Championship (6:43.20) … helped the Irish finish sixth in the varsity eight division at Head of the Rock with a time of 16:00.56 … in the Cal-Sag Regatta she helped row the Irish to a 14th place finish … later that same crew finished third in the varsity eight final D with a time of 7:03.069 … named a National Scholar Athlete by the Collegiate Rowing Coaches Association (CRCA) … selected to the BIG EAST Academic All-Star Team … earned second monogram with the program.

AS A SOPHOMORE: Spent much of season with the Irish[apos]s top varsity four boat … appeared with varsity four boat at the NCAA Championships, reaching the Petite Final and earning an 11th-place finish … helped varsity four boat reach the Grand Final at the Central/South Region Championship … led varsity four boat to a first-place finish at the BIG EAST Championships (7:32.43), helping the Irish to their fourth straight team title … sat in first varsity four boat for a third-place finish in race with Virginia ‘A’ and ‘B’ and Princeton … competed in three races at the Lubbers Cup, placing second with the first varsity eight crew (8:07.56), second with the second varsity ‘B’ crew (8:16.49), and third with the second varsity four ‘B’ crew (9:28.08) … second varsity four crew placed third behind Michigan State ‘A’ and Michigan while beating Michigan State ‘B’ with a time of 8:22.16 … sat with the varsity four ‘B’ boat against the Irish[apos]s ‘A’ boat and Cincinnati, placing second … earned first monogram.

AS A FRESHMAN: Rowed in top novice eight boat throughout the spring … her boat finished second in all three races to Minnesota in opening-season regatta … helped her crew to win in novice eight ‘A’ race at Lubbers Cup with a time of 7:37.28 … was a member of third varsity four ‘B’ boat in the same event that finished with a time of 8:12.12 … her novice eight boat won the Petite Final at the San Diego Crew Classic with a time of 7:17.90 … finished second in Grand Finals at BIG EAST Championships in Grand Finals, posting a time of 6:58.92 … victorious in Petite Finals of Central/South Region Championships with a winning time of 7:24.42 a ninth-place finish at the Head of the Rock in the novice eight with a time of 20:32.01 … placed 23rd in the open eight race where she sat in the number two seat…novice eight boat took sixth at the Notre Dame Invitational … part of the fifth place novice eight-b boat that finished in a time of 18:14.43 at the Head of the Elk.

PREP AND PERSONAL: Earned four letters in swimming during her scholastic career … United States Swimming state qualifier in the 100 and 200 back in both short and long course … member of National Honor Society, Spanish Honor Society, Beta Club, Community Outreach and Fellowship of Christian Athletes while in high school … joins high school classmate Megan Grebe on the Irish rowing roster … daughter of John and Ellen Copeland … born on June 18, 1987, in Marietta, Ga. … earned Dean[apos]s List recognition in the fall semester … enrolled as a political science major in the College of Arts and Letters.