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Rowing Opens Spring Season By Sweeping Tennessee

March 17, 2001

Knoxville, Tenn. – The University of Notre Dame rowing team opened its spring season by sweeping all six races today versus Tennessee in a dual regatta on Lake Loudoin in Knoxville, Tenn. The regatta concluded a week-long training trip for the Irish rowers.

“We raced the boats well today,” head coach Martin Stone said. “We had a good week of training and it was a positive way to cap off the training session. There are areas we need to improve on, but we are getting there and starting to see some real progress.”

The Irish second varsity eight squad of Erin Kiernicki, Katie Besson, Cassie Murphy, Erica Drennen, Courtney Mercer, Melissa Alberding, Meg Feely, Anne Starks and Leah Ashe finished first in 6:17.20. Tennessee was second at 6:29.60, while Notre Dame’s third varsity eight vessel of coxswain Kathryn Long, Rebecca Campbell, Caitlin Murray, Andrea Amoni, Kristi Schmidt, Erin Shea, Ann Gurucharri, Jessica Mankse and Elizabeth Kinnier were third in 6:38.40.

Notre Dame then claimed the third novice eight race with a time of 7:44.68, bettering Tennessee’s time of 8:23.15.

In the first novice eight event, the Irish team of coxswain Kacy McCaffrey, Sarah Keefer, Kathleen Walsh, Natalie Ladine, Jacqueline Hazen, Danielle Protasewich, Katie O’Hara, Ashlee Logan and Megan Sanders won its race by over nine seconds. Notre Dame crossed the finish line in 7:08.45. Tennessee finished in 7:17.86.

In what proved to be the closest race of the day, Notre Dame narrowly edged the Lady Vols in the second novice eight race. Notre Dame finished in 7:15.60, while Tennessee timed in at 7:18.90.

The Irish dominated the varsity eight race as the Theodore M. Hesburgh boat of cox Claire Bula, Jayme Szefc, Ann Marie Dillhoff, Ashlee Warren, Michelle Olsgard, Diane Price, Becky Luckett, Casey Buckstaff and Katherine Burnett clocked in at 6:37.33. Tennessee finished 15 seconds later at 6:52.65.

The varsity four team of Cassie Markstahler, Kolleen Myers, Maureen Carr, Katie McCalden and Laura Aull took gold winning by 11 seconds. Notre Dame finished in 7:47.18 compared to 7:58.10 for the Lady Vols.

The Irish next row Sunday, March 25, playing host to Creighton, Marquette and Washington University at Margaret Prickett Park in Mishawaka. Race time is yet to be determined.

NOTRE DAME VS. TENNESSEE March 17, 2001 Results

2nd Varsity 8+
1. Notre Dame 6:17.20
(Kiernicki, Besson, Murphy, Drennen, Mercer, Alberding, Feely, Starks, Ashe)
2. Tennessee 6:29.60
(McMahon, Kranzke, Kay Logan, Moore, Newton, Lopez, Hotaling, BeVille, Earle)
3. Notre Dame 6:38.40
(Long, Campbell, Murray, Amoni, Schmidt, Shea, Gurucharri, Mankse, Kinnier)

3rd Novice 8+
1. Notre Dame 7:44.68
(Shum, Leibowitz, Matovich, Duck, Garot, Williams, Pavela, Maimona, Ruddy)
2. Tennessee 8:23.15
(Oliver, Bailey, Ashton, Catron, Brown, Thrash, Bundy, Butt, Beil)

Novice 8+
1. Notre Dame 7:08.45
(McCaffrey, Keefer, Walsh, Ladine, Hazen, Protasewich, O?Hara, Logan, Sanders)
2. Tennessee 7:17.86
(Artz, Zajac, Humberd, Long, Fecher, McKissick, Hudson, Lewis, Higdon)

2nd Novice 8+
1. Notre Dame 7:15.60
(Murphy, Garcia, Dziedzic, Carney, Mattessich, Koski, Lent, Shreiner, Stames)
2. Tennessee 7:18.90
(Nicholson, Gruzalski, Bold, Gammon, Tucker, Hennesy, Cooper, McIntosh, Meslar)

Varsity 8+
1. Notre Dame 6:37.33
(Bula, Szefc, Dillhoff, Warren, Olsgard, Price, Luckett, Buckstaff, Burnett)
2. Tennessee 6:52.65
(Twedt, Kueck, Kr. Logan, Smith, Montgomery, Kraiss, Harrington, Bradley, Sagar)

Varsity 4+
1. Notre Dame 7:47.18
(Markstahler, Myers, Carr, McCalden, Aull)
2. Tennessee 7:58.10
(Brown, Moore, Kay Logan, Kranzke, Earle)