April 2, 2003
Notre Dame, Ind. – After a sweep of the four varsity events at the Indiana Classic this past weekend, racing against Indiana and Purdue, the Irish enter the first US Rowing/ CRCA Poll of the season at No. 21.
The poll also showed that Notre Dame’s schedule is nothing to scoff at in 2003 as the Irish have or will face many teams in the initial top 20. Thus far, the Irsh have competed against No. 5 Michigan, No. 23 Tennessee and No. 26 Clemson in races this spring and are schedule to face nine more teams in the poll including No. 1 Washington at the Windermere Cup on May 3, No. 9 Michigan State (April 12), No. 13 Syracuse (April 27 at the BIG EAST Rowing Challenge), No. 15 Iowa (this Sunday), and No. 17 Texas, No. 22 Minnesota, No. 24 Duke, No. 29 Louisville and No. 31 Kansas State (May 17-18 at Central/South Regions).
In the first race of the 2003 spring season, Notre Dame won two races against No. 26 Clemson and North Carolina in Clemson, S.C. The second varsity eight and second varsity four posted impressive winning times considering the poor racing conditions.
Later that same week the Irish faced off against No. 23 Tennessee and wrapped up an impressive triumph winning the first and second varsity four, the second varsity eight and the novice eight races.
Playing host to No. 5 Michigan on March 22, the Irish grabbed victories in the first and second varsity eight races, the varsity four and the novice eight race by winning eight of 12 pieces in the three-segment events.
Notre Dame travels to Iowa to face No. 15 Iowa on Sunday.
Women’s NCAA Division I
US Rowing/CRCA Rowing Poll
(April 2, 2003)
9. Michigan State
10. Ohio State
14. Washington State
16. Boston Univ.
19. Oregon State
Others receiving votes: University of Notre Dame 31, University of Minnesota 30, University of Tennessee 27, Duke University 25, University of Pennsylvania 21, Clemson University 19, Columbia University 7, Dartmouth College 4, University of Louisville 2, University of Wisconsin 2, Kansas State University 1, and University of California at Los Angeles 1.