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Rowers Open The Fall Season At The Head Of The Rock

Oct. 13, 2003

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Rockford, Ill. – Notre Dame took first in the pairs race while finishing fourth and seventh in the open eight race and fourth and fifth in the fours Sunday at the Head of the Rock Regatta in Rockford, Ill.

The Irish first varsity eight of Kathryn Long (cox), Natalie Ladine, Alice Bartek, Meghan Boyle, Ashley St. Pierre, Danielle Protasewich, Jacqueline Hazen, Melissa Felker and Kathleen Welsh placed fourth in 16:46.4. Wisconsin was first in 16:16.9, followed by Minnesota in second at 16:21.8, Iowa in third at 16:35.3 and Notre Dame in fourth.

The second eight of Kacy McCaffrey (cox), Rachel Polinski, Jenna Redgate, Meredith Thornburgh, Katie O’Hara, Danielle Stealy, Andrea Doud, Sarah Palendech and Megan Sanders was seventh in 17:03.2, while the third eight of Maureen Gibbons (cox), Kati Sedun, Jessica Guzik, Alyssa Close, Kristin Henkel, Pamela Jefson, Sarah French, Megan Sheehan and Sarah Keefer was 12th in 17:28.3. The fourth varsity eight of Shannan Lettieri (cox), Kristen Mizzi, Morgan Ertel, Colleen Larson, Ann Mulligan, Julie Lewis, Sarah Hafner, Catherine Schmidt and Tricia David was 16th in 17:46.5.

In the varsity four, the Irish fared well, finishing fourth and fifth. The crew of Long (cox), Polinski, Sedun, Thornburgh and O’Hara was fourth in 18:46.7 and the boat of Gibbons (cox), Jefson, Keefer, Sheehan and French placed fifth in 18:54.7.

In the pairs, Notre Dame took two of the top five places and six of the top 17. The duo of Ladine and Bartek won the pairs race, with a time of 19:35.3, finishing more than six seconds ahead of the next boat. The Irish were followed by Iowa’s first pair, Wisconsin, Iowa’s second pair, and in fifth was the Irish pair of Protasewich and Welsh.

In their first-ever collegiate race, the novice boats did very well. The novice eight team of coxswain Eileen Froehlke, stroke Sarah Kate Hafner, Shannon Cassel, Caroline Murphy, Elizabeth Hatch, Kerstin Palm, Sarah Shaw, Danielle Potts and Colleen McCotter, finished in second place in 18:53.1. Six of the nine members of this novice boat only started rowing this past September. The novice four crew of coxswain Erin Weedon, stroke Ashley St. Pierre, Jessica Guzik, Alyssa Close and Colleen Larson won first place in 19:14.0, finishing more than seven seconds ahead of the next boat, Wisconsin, who finished in 19:21.4.

“I thought we did a good job for our first race of the season,” head coach Martin Stone said.

“They say you make the most progress between your first and second competition. We will see the three crews that beat us in the varsity eight when we race in Boston. I am looking forward to see how much improvement we will make this week.”

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