UND Roster

2007-08 Women's Rowing Roster

Laura Pearson

Height 6'1''
Class Senior
Hometown Bloomington, MN
High School Visitation

AS A SENIOR: Three-year member of varsity eight crew and team captain in 2008 … competed at the Pac-10 Challenge and finished first with the varsity eight against UCLA … member of the varsity eight boat that took home first place at the Indiana Invite with a time of 6:25.0 … rowed with the varsity eight boat at the Charles River Invitational winning two of three races … won third consecutive gold medal at the BIG EAST Championships with the varsity eight crew in a time of 6:43.60 … sat in the varsity eight at the Central/South Region Championship that finished second in the Petite Final with a time of 6:47.70 … rowed in the varsity eight gold boat that finished first in one of three races to start the spring … a member of the sixth-place crew (out of 23 entries) at Head of the Rock…her team crossed the finish line in a time of 16:00.56 … named a National Scholar Athlete by Collegiate Rowing Coaches Association (CRCA) … three-year monogram winner … three-year member of the BIG EAST Academic All-Star Team … BIG EAST Scholar-Athlete Sport Excellence Award.

AS A JUNIOR: Rowed with the varsity eight crew for the second season, helping the Irish make their second straight NCAA Championships appearance … earned second team all-Central Region honors by the Collegiate Rowing Coaches Association (CRCA) … rowed with the varsity eight boat at the NCAA Championships, reaching the Petite Finals … sat in varsity eight boat for a third-place finish in the Grand Finals at the Central/South Region Championship … helped her varsity eight crew with the gold medal at the BIG EAST Championships with a time of 6:31.85, helping the Irish to the team championship … won first varsity eight race against Virginia, Princeton, and George Washington, posting a 6:19.1 time … helped row the first varsity eight boat to a sweep of the Windemere Classic, defeating California (7:04.46), Stanford (7:17.03), and UCLA (6:46.50) … finished second in the varsity eight boat behind Clemson, while defeating Michigan State and Michigan with a time of 6:54.40 … sat in the varsity eight boat against Tennessee and Minnesota … rowed with varsity eight ‘A’ crew at the Head of the Rock, finishing fourth out of 24 boats … earned second monogram and was named to the BIG EAST Academic All-Star Team.

AS A SOPHOMORE: Earned spot in top Irish boat in just second season with the program … part of record-setting varsity eight crew that finished fifth in final CRCA/US Rowing Poll … her varsity eight crew earned a program-best seventh-place finish at NCAA Championships after winning Petite Final with a time of 6:47.54 which pushed Irish to a ninth-place finish in team standings … helped varsity eight crew win Lubbers Cup in a the time of 6:25.44 in second regatta of spring … captured a program-best fourth-place finish in prestigious Jessop-Whittier Cup at San Diego Crew Classic with a time of 6:58.66 … won two of three races at Indiana Classic … her varsity crew captured gold medal in Grand Final at BIG EAST Championships with a time 6:39.62 en route to leading Notre Dame to third consecutive team crown … copped program[apos]s first-ever gold medal at Central/South Region Championships in crossing finish line in 6:26.00 … sat in the five seat of the piece one crew that finished fourth in a time of 10:01.00 opening-season regatta … finished fifth in the piece two race clocking in at 9:42.00 … captured a third place finish in the piece three competition (10:07.00) … raced in the open eight at the Head of the Rock in a time of 15:57.58 placing them in third … sat in the four seat at the Notre Dame Invitational and finished fourth in the open eight … impressive second-place finish out of 19 entries at the Head of the Elk in the open eight-a in a time of 14:29.23.

AS A FRESHMAN: Rowed with multiple crews in 2004-2005 … capped the season finishing seventh at the Central/South Region Sprints … second-place finish at the BIG EAST Championships with the novice eight … victorious over Yale in the novice eight boat (6:50.8) … helped novice crew defeat Cincinnati in dual meet … member of the second varsity four A crew that placed first versus Indiana and Northwestern … second-place finish with the varsity four B crew against Indiana and Purdue … novice eight crew that finished first (7:19.49) in the Collegiate Petite Final at the San Diego Crew Classic … novice eight finished second versus Tennessee. Finished eighth out of 30 boats in 18:24.69 at the Head of the Rock in her first fall race with the Irish … also at the Head of the Rock, placed 34th (18:43.26) in the open eight race … competed twice at the Head of the Elk … novice eight-a crew posted a time of 17:03.1 to finish fourth … placed sixth with a time of 17:26.0 in the open eight-c race.

PREP AND PERSONAL: Earned an impressive nine letters in three sports at the Convent of the Visitation School … played soccer, basketball and track in high school … earned team captain, MVP, and all-conference honors in basketball during her final season … named team captain and all-conference in track, propelling her team to three Tri-metro Conference championships … her career best of 35-feet, 2.5-inches in the shot put placed her within a half-inch of the school record in this event … involved in student council and Partners in Praise Girls[apos] Choir in high school … only daughter of Richard and Karen Pearson … father played football at Augsburg College and brother, Ben, played basketball for Carleton College … born June 13, 1986 in Minneapolis, Minn. … graduated with a degree in accounting from the Mendoza College of Business.