June 3, 2004
Notre Dame, Ind. – The honors continued to accumulate for Notre Dame senior Natalie Ladine (Sacramento, Calif.) who today earned first-team All-America honors from the Collegiate Rowing Coaches Association (CRCA). Ladine becomes the second rower in the six-year history of the program selected as an All-American and the first-ever selected as a first-team honoree. She was one of 22 rowers nationally chosen to the first team, with another 22 named to the second team.
Notre Dame’s other All-American was Ashlee Warren, a second-team selection in 2002.
Ladine, a three-year member of Notre Dame’s varsity eight boat, capped off her illustrious career by leading the Irish varsity eight crew to an 11th-place performance at the NCAA Championships – its highest finish ever. Notre Dame advanced to the semifinals following a third-place finish in its heat and then advanced to the Petite Finals where the crew finished fifth. It marked the second NCAA appearance for a Notre Dame boat in NCAA competition (the other appearance was in 2002). Ladine was a member of the crew that rowed in ’02 and is the only rower in the program’s history to compete in two NCAA championships.
A co-captain captain on this year’s ’03-’04 team, Ladine earned CRCA all-Central Region recognition for the second consecutive year after garnering second-team accolades as a junior and was one of 124 honorees named as a CRCA Scholar-Athlete Award recipient. She became the sixth different Irish rower to earn first-team all-Central Region honors as Notre Dame has had at least one individual earn all-region honors on multiple occasions. Ladine also was the third different Irish rower (the others were Warren and Katrina Ten Eyck) to earn both the CRCA Scholar Athlete Award and garner all-Central Regional honors in the same season.
Ladine was instrumental in Notre Dame’s capturing its first-ever BIG EAST Rowing Challenge team title in ’04 and was a member of the varsity eight boat that won the gold medal at this year championship.
Ladine graduated from the College of Science with a degree in pre-professional studies, earning a 3.54 overall grade point.