UND Roster

2011-12 Women's Rowing Roster

Valerie Brencher

Height 5'8''
Class Senior
Hometown Lumberton, NJ
High School Holy Cross

AS A SENIOR: Started the season rowing for multiple boats for the Irish … earned first monogram … helped the third varsity four boat to the victory (7:32.40) at the Oak Ridge Cardinal Invite against Kansas and Buffalo … also placed second against Virginia as a member of the third varsity four on March 17, crossing in 7:43.02, before earning a heat victory on March 18 against Kansas in a time of 7:32.40 … finished third in the third var- sity eight match against Ohio State (7:24.46), but would come back to finish first with the same boat the next day against Purdue with a time of 7:02.88 … claimed a pair of first place finishes with the third varsity eight boat at the Virginia Invite, stopping the clock in 7:04.00 to defeat Clemson and Northeastern and 7:04.80 to hold off San Diego and Penn … in third race of Virginia Invite, finished second to Virginia with a time of 6:58.80 … also helped third varsity eight crew secure a first place finish (7:10.90) over the field in the BIG EAST Invite after winning the preliminary race against Iowa and Rutgers in 7:14.00 … raced in the third var- sity eight boat for the Irish in the BIG EAST Championship, helping the team to a first place finish with a time of 7:04.391 … earned a spot in the final after claiming the prelim victory with a mark of 6:55.967.

AS A JUNIOR: Competed in multiple boats throughout the spring season for the Irish … competed in two events against Buffalo … came in third place (7:08.08) behind Buffalo and another Notre Dame boat in the varsity four race … followed the varsity four performance with a win (6:28.9) in the third varsity eight – lightweight race to finish the day … competed in two more events in Indianapolis … was part of the victorious second varsity eight team that crossed the line at 7:24.0 and nudged out Purdue and Eastern Michigan … completed a double dip of wins later in the day when her second varsity four crossed the line ahead ofIndiana and a second Notre Dame team at 7:37.4 … participated with the third varsity eight boat at the BIG EAST Championship … qualified for the BIG EAST Championship grand finals by placing first in preliminaries with a time of 7:22.21 … went on to win the BIG EAST Championship final by stopping the clocks at 7:03.24 … placed fourth (7:51.68) at the Oak Ridge Regional Grand Final in the open four race behind Virginia ‘A,’ Clemson, and Virginia ‘B’ … qualified for the grand finals by placing second in heat A behind Virginia ‘A’ … teamed up with Megan Keegan in the varsity pair race at the Head of the Rock Regatta (19:47.33) … member of the varsity eight Notre Dame ‘B’ boat that took ninth place, clocking in at 16:39.58 … guided team with a time of 14:49.8 vs. Tulsa for a fifth-place finish.

AS A SOPHOMORE: Raced with the sec- ond varsity eight boat to start the spring season before moving to the varsity four boat … opened with two heat victories over Buffalo and Duke after posting times of 5:14.5 and 5:18.3, respectively … returned to the water two weeks later, finishing in third place against Michigan and Michigan State after recording a mark of 6:54.9 … the next day, captured a heat victory against the likes of Buffalo, Indiana, Purdue and Eastern Michigan, stopping the clock at 7:20.7 … against USC and UCLA, rowed with the varsity four boat and earned a pair of second-place finishes … in the morning session against USC, stopped the clock at 7:56.90 and in the afternoon against UCLA, completed the course in a time of 8:53.03 … captured the prelim victory at the BIG EAST Championships with the varsity four after posting a 7:56.782 … went on to win grand final gold with a race-winning time of 8:08.885 … earned a berth in the petite final at the Central/South Sprints, finishing in third place after posting a time of 7:35.33 … began fall at the Head of the Rock by helping row the varsity eight ‘2’ boat to a ninth-place finish in the 23 boat race, finishing in a time of 16:08.61 … also rowed in the varsity four ‘4’ boat at the Head of the Rock, completing the course in 17:49.50 to finish in 11th place … sat in the varsity four ‘B’ boat against Indiana and Iowa on the St. Joseph River in South Bend, finish- ing tenth in 15:34.70 … helped row the varsity eight ‘B’ boat to a time of 13:20.8 and a third-place finish in their flight against Indiana, Iowa and Michigan State on the St. Joseph River … named to the BIG EAST All- Academic Team.

AS A FRESHMAN: Began spring season rowing as a member of the first novice eight boat against Michigan State in Lansing, Mich. … helped her crew complete the course in a time of 8:06.59 and earn a second-place fin- ish to the host Spartans … the following day helped first novice eight boat earn a race victory over Indiana and Purdue, posting a winning time of 6:15.40 … opened up the regatta at Ohio State in the morning session by helping her boat cross the finish line at 6:59.13, earning the second-place result … sat with the same crew in the afternoon ses- sion, knocking nearly six seconds off of the morning time and earning the race victory over the Minnesota with a time of 6:53.80 … helped the novice eight finish in 7:24.704 at the BIG EAST Championships, which earned the boat the fastest time in the quali- fying heat … later rowed in the Grand Final and earned a second-place finish with a final time of 7:08.309, falling to only Syracuse (7:01.713) … helped guide the novice eight boat to a fifth place finish at the South/ Central Sprints with a time of 6:42.80 after finishing fourth in the preliminary heat (6:52.11) and sixth in the semifinals (6:43.60) … made an immediate impact for the Irish, rowing as a member of the Notre Dame ‘D’ boat at the Head of the Rock in the varsity eight race, helping the crew earn a 17th-place finish with a race time of 18:15.00 … was a member of the winning crew in the novice eight race at the Head of the Rock, the Notre Dame ‘A’ boat, stopping the clock in a time of 17:29.50 … competed in the varsity eight race at the Southland Regatta as a member of the Notre Dame ‘D’ boat, finish- ing the event in a time of 18:27.46.

PREP AND PERSONAL: Competed for both the rowing and field hockey teams while attending Holy Cross High School … was selected as team captain of the rowing team in her senior year … competed with the US Rowing Club in both 2006 and 2008, earning a gold in the 2006 US Club Nationals Junior B 8+ and a bronze in the Junior B Quad … later earned her second gold while com- peting in the `08 US Club Nationals Junior Quad A … participated in National Honor Society and mock trial, as well as being a part of the Edward Bloustine Distinguished Scholars Program … born in Mount Holly, N.J. … daughter of William and Patricia Brencher … has two sisters, Alison and Michelle … graduated from the Mendoza College of Business with a dual degree in finance and math.