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Rowing Ready For NCAA Championship

May 25, 2017

NOTRE DAME, Indiana — The University of Notre Dame rowing team will take part in the 2017 NCAA Championship regatta at Lake Mercer in West Windsor, New Jersey, beginning Friday, May 26. The Irish earned an at-large selection to the event after finishing in third place at the 2017 ACC Championship and facing one of the most difficult racing schedules in the nation.

Notre Dame will be making its ninth overall appearance at the NCAA Championship and fifth in the past six seasons.


Varsity Eight – 13th overall seed, Friday, 9:36 a.m. ET – Heat Four

Reilly Kearney (coxswain), Emily Stinebaugh, Gretchen Bruggeman, Erin Boxberger, Treasa O’Tighearnaigh, Laura Migliore, Catherine Wagner, Elizabeth Gilbert, Lauren Saunee

Boat notes:

  • The Varsity Eight’s rally to finish second at the Atlantic Coast Conference championship was a key moment in the Irish returning to the NCAA Championship.
  • The Irish moved past top-seeded 1V8 Syracuse in the final 350 meters and were gaining on Virginia at the end of the race.
  • Stinebaugh, who has taken over the stroke seat for the Varsity Eight, was named the ACC Freshman of the Year.
  • Boxberger (first team) and O’Tighearnaigh (second team) earned all-ACC honors at the championship regatta.

Second Varsity Eight – 14th overall seed, Friday, 10:12 a.m. ET, Heat Three

Samantha Hedrick (coxswain), Mara Bhalla, Chris Schindele-Maruyama, Bailey Amenabar, Erin Dolan, Elizabeth Walter, Moira Hamilton, Bridget Adam, Kelly Fischer

Boat notes:

  • The Second Varsity Eight has wins over Oklahoma, Oregon State, San Diego, Gonzaga and UCF this season.
  • Bhalla moved up from the stroke seat in the 3V8 to the 2V8 at the Lake Natoma Invitational and has remained at the position for the final four regattas of the year.

Varsity Four – 17th overall seed, Friday, 10:36 a.m. ET, Heat One

Laura Schoonmaker (coxswain), Courtney Sampson, Laura Matchett, Jennifer Groth, Elizabeth Schrieber

Boat notes:

  • The Varsity Four posted victories over Virginia, Michigan State and West Virginia this season.

The top two boats in each heat will advance to the semifinals on Saturday, the rest will take part in the repechages later in the day on Friday.


Notre Dame faced one of the most challenging race schedules in the country this season. The Irish faced 10 of the 22 teams invited to the NCAA Championship Regatta in 2016-17, including multiple races against Michigan and Virginia.

Here is a breakdown of the teams the Irish have faced this season, along with their NCAA Championship seeding in the First Varsity Eight:

California, #2

Texas, #3

Ohio State, #5

Stanford, #6

Michigan, #7

Indiana, #11

Virginia, #12

Syracuse, #14

UCF, #17

Gonzaga, #18


Notre Dame will be making its ninth NCAA championship regatta appearance this weekend. Here is a look back the team and boat finishes at the national competition:

Team Finish

2015, 16th, 41 points

2014, 9th, 81 points

2013, 13th, 66 points

2012, 15th, 20 points

2007, 12th, 13 points

2006, 9th, 22 points

2004, 11th

2002, 16th

Varsity Eight

2015, 17th

2014, 9th

2013, 13th

2012, 16th

2007, 12th

2006, 9th

2004, 11th

2002, 16th

Second Varsity Eight

2015, 17th

2014, 9th

2013, 12th

2012, 13th

2007, 12th

2006, 12th

Varsity Four

2015, 12th

2014, 12th

2013, 9th

2012, 8th

2007, 11th

2006, 11th


Eight of the Irish competing this weekend have taken part in a previous NCAA Championship regatta. Seniors Bailey Amenabar and Erin Boxberger have both made NCAA boats twice previously in their careers, Amenabar as part of the Varsity Four in 2014 and 2015 and Boxberger in the Varsity Eight in 2013 and 2014.

A list of previous NCAA experience on the Irish roster this weekend, which year they competed and which boat they were a member of:

Kearney – 2015 – Varsity Eight

Amenabar – 2015 – Varsity Four

Amenabar – 2014 – Varsity Four

Walter – 2015 – Varsity Four

O’Tighearnaigh – 2015 – Varsity Four

Gilbert – 2015 – 2nd Varsity Eight

Wagner – 2015 – 2nd Varsity Eight

Bruggeman – 2015 – 2nd Varsity Eight

Boxberger – 2014 – Varsity Eight

Boxberger – 2013 – Varsity Eight


Live results will be available on and you can follow @NDRowing for up-to-the-minute results as well. There also is a live video stream of the regatta available at