April 23, 2016
By Russell Dorn
LAKE LEMON, Ind. – For the third time in the last four years, the No. 17 University of Notre Dame rowing team will head back to the Golden Dome with the Dale England Cup trophy, as the Irish turned in an outstanding Saturday afternoon session to clinch the title.
Here’s what you need to know about the Saturday victory:
Morning Session – 1V8: 2nd/4 (6:46.0) / 2V8: 3rd/4 (6:53.3) / 1V4: 3rd/4 (7:54.4) / 2V4: 1st/4 (7:45.4) / 3V8: 1st/2 (7:12.0) / 4V8: 1st/3 (7:21.4)
Afternoon Session – 1V8: 1st/4 (6:37.4) / 2V8: 2nd/4 (6:46.2) / 1V4: 2nd/4 (7:38.1) / 2V4: 2nd/4 (7:41.5)
FINAL SCORES: 1. #17 Notre Dame – 108 / 2. #14 Indiana – 108 / 3. Duke – 108 / Navy – 39
*Irish win Dale England Cup on the second tiebreaker, which were the times in the 1st varsity 8 race … ND won that race by just .85 seconds.
KEYS TO VICTORY: Notre Dame won four of the final seven races on the day and recorded second-place showings in the other three races … the 2nd varsity 4 had an outstanding morning race, winning by just over three seconds (7:45.4) … the 3rd varsity 8 (7:12.0) & 4th varsity 8 (7:21.4) swept the morning sessions in convincing fashion, winning by a combined 45.2 seconds … the Irish won the critical 1st varsity 8 (6:37.4) race by just .85 seconds to claim the title.
QUOTABLE: Head Coach Martin Stone – “It was an ok first session, but the afternoon session saw some very good racing. I’m really pleased with how we responded, especially the group that went to California. They had five really tough races over the last seven days. We are definitely on the right track as a team. Kudos to our team, and thanks to Indiana for hosting. Dale England is a great supporter of women’s rowing.”
WHAT’S NEXT: The Irish will train for the next three weeks before the second season begins – AKA championship season … this year’s ACC Championships are scheduled for May 13-14 at Lake Hartwell in Clemson, South Carolina.
For more information on the Notre Dame rowing program, follow the Irish on Facebook (/NDWomensRowing) and Twitter (@NDRowing).
Russell Dorn, athletics communications assistant director at the University of Notre Dame, has been part of the Fighting Irish athletics communications team since 2011 and coordinates all media efforts for the Notre Dame volleyball, rowing and baseball programs. A native of Greenwood, South Carolina, Dorn graduated from Furman University in 2008 with a bachelor’s degree in history before earning his master’s degree in sports communications from Georgia State University in 2011.