AS A SENIOR: Three-time monogram winner … major contributor to the varsity four boat[apos]s run to a BIG EAST Championship gold medal for a second consecutive season … rowed with the varsity four boat at the NCAA Championships as crew finished fifth in Petite Final and 11th overall … made the Grand Finals at the Central/South Region Championship, winning the preliminary heat (7:38.00) and finishing third in the semifinal heat (6:54.68) before posting a 7:43.95 time in the finals … helped power the varsity four boat to a win the finals of the BIG EAST Championships, posting a 7:32.43 time in the finals following a 7:31.08 time in the preliminary heat … sat in the first varsity four boat against Virginia, Princeton, and George Washington, finishing third with a time of 7:29.0 … rowed the varsity four boat to victories over Stanford and UCLA in the Windermere Classic, while falling to California … rode in several boats at the Lubbers Cup, including the second place varsity eight boat (8:07.56), the second place second varsity ‘B’ boat (8:16.49), and the first place varsity four boat (8:35.59, defeated Grand Valley State, Western Ontario, Northern Michigan, and Western Michigan) … helped row the first varsity four boat to a victory over Michigan State and Michigan with a time of 7:50.76 … rode in the varsity eight ‘B’ boat in race with Alabama and Tennessee … sat in second varsity four boat against Tennessee and Minnesota … rowed with ‘C’ boat for an 11th place finish out of 24 boats at the Head of the Rock … named to BIG EAST Academic All
AS A JUNIOR: Member of Notre Dame ‘B’ in varsity eight race at Lubbers Cup and helped that boat to fourth-place finish … member of open eight crew that earned a second-place finished in Grand Finals of San Diego Crew Classic … copped three second-place finishes at Indiana Classic as a member of varsity four crew … led second varsity four boat to BIG EAST crown … rowed in Notre Dame[apos]s top boat in the open four race that finished fifth in Grand Finals at Central/South Region Championships … raced in the eight seat and captured a fourth place finish at the opening season regatta in the piece one competition clocking in at 10:01.00 … placed sixth among 25 boats in the open eight (16:34.14) at the Head of the Rock … competed in the varsity four at the Notre Dame Invitational and finished fourth in a time of 16:48.0 … had an impressive second-place finish in the open four-c in a time of 17:45.14 at the Head of the Elk.
AS A SOPHOMORE: Earned her first monogram with the Irish for the 2004-2005 season…raced mainly with the four crew in 2004-2005 … BIG EAST Academic All-Star … member of open eight crew that placed fifth in the Grand Open Final at the San Diego Crew Classic … open four placed fifth in the Central/South Region Sprints to finish the season … second varsity four was crowned BIG EAST Champion with a time of 9:01.01 … second varsity/novice four A crew defeated the B crew, Harvard, and Yale … defeated Cincinnati … topped Louisville, Indiana, and Northwestern … first place finish with the varsity four A crew against Indiana and Purdue (8:00.3). Sat in the four seat in the fall, placed 18th in the open eight race… collected a fifth-place finish after posting a time of 15:49.7 in the open eight-b race at the Head of the Elk races on the Upper St. Joseph River … raced to a second-place finish with Stealy in the pairs race at the Head of the Elk.
AS A FRESHMAN: Member of the novice team for the 2003-04 season … rowed in the first novice eight-boat for the entire season … earned third place honors at the BIG EAST Rowing Challenge, finishing only behind Georgetown and Miami with a time of 7:26.81 … against Tennessee and Michigan State, came in first in all three heats beating the Lady Vols and Spartans each time … took first place again a day later against Duke by beating them by almost a full minute … against Michigan, Clemson, Eastern Michigan and Michigan State, novice eight boat placed third behind Michigan State and Clemson, but ahead of Michigan and Eastern Michigan … finished fourth at the Indiana Crew Classic behind talented Michigan State, Purdue and Indiana crews … placed runner-up to Boston University by only three seconds, but beat Northeastern by almost eight seconds … came in third in the preliminary and semifinal heats of the Central Sprints, before placing an impressive sixth in the grand finals … in the fall, sat in the seven seat … finished second out of 31 boats in the novice eight race at the Head of the Rock … placed third at the Head of the Eagle in the first novice eight.
PREP AND PERSONAL: Earned nine varsity letters at Assumption High School (four in cross country, two in basketball and three in track) … named MVP and all-conference in both cross country and track in her first season … earned all-state distinction as a freshman in cross country … three-time team captain in cross-country and track … qualified for Iowa State track finals in the 1500m, 4x400m, and the 4x800m as a freshman… vice president of National Honor Society… student council representative as a senior…also was a Fellowship of Christian Athletes (FCA) Huddle leader, and SADD member in high school… one of Deb and Charlie Cassel[apos]s four children… brother Michael runs cross country for St. Thomas College, while father Charlie ran track at Drake University… born October 10, 1984 in Iowa City, IA…. enrolled in the College of Arts and Letters, majoring in pre-professional studies … named to Dean[apos]s List with a cumulative GPA of 3.76.