April 16, 2000
Oak Ridge, Tenn. – The University of Notre Dame rowing team completed its highly-successful weekend Sunday with a silver medal, three fourth-place finishes, a fifth and a seventh in the finals of the Southern Intercollegiate Rowing Association Championships.
The second Varsity Eight boat of Leah Ashe, Joslyn Moreau, Allison Barsch, Emily Deye, Elizabeth Nerney, Maureen Carr, Kerri Murphy, Megan Feely and Erin Kiernicki claimed the silver medal by finishing second in today’s final.
After placing second to top-seeded North Carolina by only 1.4 seconds in the semifinals yesterday, the Varsity Eight team of Katie Besson, Katherine Burnett, Amy Braun, Lauren Lyons, Katrina Ten Eyck, Kristen Vandehey, Courtney Mercer, Michelle Olsgard and Claire Bula placed fifth in its final today.
“We had a good weekend of racing,” head coach Martin Stone said. “It was an opportunity for us to get a lot of crews in the water. We competed well and are very happy with the results of the weekend.”
The first Novice Eight team of Erica Drennen, Beth Fryzynski, Beth Jeub, Julia Kelly, Casey Buckstaff, Becky Luckett, Ashlee Warren, Ann Marie Dillhoff and Cassandra Murphy placed fourth in today’s final, while the second novice crew of Sarah Drenzes, Becky Campbell, Kathryn Anderson, Megan McPherson, Ann Gurucharri, Laura Aull, Katie McCaulden, Andrea Amoni and Pam Swan also placed fourth today in its race. Duke won the Novice Eight race.
The Novice Four squad of Kelly Malloy, Jessica Manske, Kelly Mahaney, Melissa Slavin and Cynthia Lee were also fourth.
The varsity four crew of Sandra Peterson, Mary Lampe, Cassandra Stuart, Kolleen Myers and Cassie Markstahler finished first in the petite final and seventh overall.
Notre Dame competes next weekend in what could be its most important race of the year at the Midwest Sprints in Madison, Wisc.