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Shamrock Sisters Are Top 10 At World Championship

Aug. 25, 2016

By Alan Wasielewski

The University of Notre Dame Rowing Team refers to its current student-athletes and alumnae as ‘Shamrock Sisters.’ Two members of that family posted top 10 finishes at the 2016 World Rowing Championships in Rotterdam, Netherlands on Thursday, Aug. 25.

Sophomore Molly Pierce rowed the bow on the United States Under-23 Lightweight Women’s Quadruple Sculls and helped the boat finish second in the ‘B’ Final in 6:46.22 – ending up eighth overall in the competition.

Ellen Gleadow, a 2016 Notre Dame graduate, helped the Canadian Under-23 Lightweight Women’s Double Sculls to a first-place finish in the ‘B’ Final, besting the second place boat from Greece by four seconds. The 7:12.71 time puts Gleadow and her partner in the boat, Jennifer Casson, seventh in the overall competition.

There is one Shamrock Sister remaining to compete in Rotterdam. Molly Bruggeman, a 2014 Notre Dame graduate, is a member of the United States Women’s Four, set to race on Aug. 27 in the ‘A’ Final. Bruggeman will be in the bow position for the U.S. team, one of the favorites to capture the world title.

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Alan Wasielewski is an Associate Athletics Communication Director at the University of Notre Dame. He works primarily with the men’s basketball and rowing team. A 2000 graduate of the University, Wasielewski is entering his 16th year at Notre Dame, working in both the multimedia productions and athletics communications offices in his time on campus.