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Rowing Sweeps All Seven Races From Dayton

April 13, 2003

South Bend, Ind. – The Notre Dame women’s rowing team swept all seven races today in defeating Dayton in a dual regatta on the St. Joseph River in South Bend. The Notre Dame men’s club team also competed today taking two of three races from the Flyers.

In the varsity eight, the Irish crew of Cassie Markstahler (cox), Natalie Ladine (stroke), Ashlee Warren, Casey Buckstaff, Rachel Polinski, Alice Bartek, Meghan Boyle, Katie Chenoweth and Danielle Protasewich dominated its race against the Flyers finishing first in 6:59.00. Dayton was more than 33 seconds behind in 7:32.58.

In the second varsity eight, the Irish boat of Kathryn Long (cox), Shannon Mohan (stroke), Kerri Murphy, Kathleen Welsh, Meredith Thornburgh, Kati Sedun, Devon Hegeman, Erica Drennen and Melissa Felker were almost a minute ahead of the Flyers as Notre Dame crossed the line in 7:19.20. Dayton was second in 8:14.15.

In the varsity four, Notre Dame’s Kacy McCaffrey (cox), Katie McCalden (stroke), Christy Donnelly, Katie O’Hara and Andrea Amoni won be over 36 seconds as the Irish finished in 8:14.30 compared to 8:50.97 for the Flyers.

In the second varsity four race, the Notre Dame B crew of Maureen Gibbons (cox), Ann Mulligan (stroke), Jacqueline Hazen, Antionette Duck and Megan Sanders defeated the Notre Dame C crew of Rebecca Campbell (cox), Kristen Henkel (stroke), Beth Franzosa, Jen Connolly and Corrine Roman in the first race of the day. The B boat finished in 8:35.20, while the C boat was 11 seconds behind in 8:46.35. The B crew then raced Notre Dame’s A crew of Caitlin Rackish (cox), Kristen Mizzi (stroke), Sarah Keefer, Tricia David, and Courtney Quinn in the final race of the day. The A crew was first in 8:05.90, while the B crew finished in 8:29.95.

The novice crews also did well for the Irish today as the first novice eight won by almost 22 seconds. The team of Shannan Lettieri (cox), Pamela Jefson (stroke), Julie Lewis, Morgan Ertel, Danielle Stealy, Jenna Redgate, Catherine Schmidt, Andrea Doud and Sarah French crossed the line in 7:37.30, while Dayton placed in second at 7:59.08.

The Irish second novice eight posted the largest margin of victory today defeating Dayton by over a minute. The crew of Alison Kelly (cox), Megan Sheehan (stroke), Meghan O’Neil, Nikki Karis, Fallon Shields, Laura Joyce, Marcia Luttio, Katie Hanafin and Rachel Kemp finished in 8:04.90, while Dayton posted a time of 9:07.28.

Notre Dame will have the next weekend off for the Easter holidays before traveling to Worcester, Mass., on April 27 for the 2003 BIG EAST Rowing Challenge. The Irish are trying to avenge last season’s loss to Syracuse as Notre Dame earned a silver medal in every race except the varsity four which won the gold.

Dayton vs. Notre Dame
April 13, 2003
St. Joseph River, South Bend, Ind.

Conditions: Wind blowing out of the south at 10 mph causing water to be choppy at the beginning of the race. Temperatures in the mid 50’s, sunny.

Women’s Third Varsity Eight: 1. Notre Dame B 8:35.20; 2. Notre Dame C 8:46.35

Men’s Novice Eight: 1. Notre Dame 6:45.10; 2. Dayton 6:56.00

Women’s Varsity Eight: 1. Notre Dame 6:59.00; 2. Dayton 7:32.58

Men’s Varsity Eight: 1. Dayton 6:57.90; 2. Notre Dame 7:03.08

Women’s Second Varsity Eight:1. Notre Dame 7:19.20; 2. Dayton 8:14.15

Women’s Varsity Four: 1. Notre Dame 8:14.30; 2. Dayton 8:50.97

Women’s Novice Eight: 1. Notre Dame 7:37.30; 2. Dayton 7:59.08

Women’s Second Novice Eight: 1. Notre Dame 8:04.90; 2. Dayton 9:07.28

Men’s Novice Four: 1. Notre Dame 8:20.90; 2. Dayton 8:33.91

Women’s Second Varsity Four: 1. Notre Dame A 8:05.90; 2. Notre Dame B 8:29.95