Oct. 30, 2009
NOTRE DAME, Ind. – The Notre Dame rowing team returns to action this weekend when it plays host to the first home races since 2000. The Irish will conclude the fall portion of their schedule against Indiana and Iowa on Saturday, Oct. 31 and Indiana, Iowa and Michigan State on Sunday, Nov. 1. Both days of racing will take place from the St. Joseph’s River in South Bend, Ind.
The format for all races at the two-day event will be that of head races (or time trials), with four to six boats competing on the water at one time. Saturday’s action will begin at 3:30 p.m. with the Four boats racing. Sunday’s docket will kick-off at 12:10 p.m. with the fours (flight one) and will see six total races amongst the fours, novice eight and varsity eight boats. A full schedule of the weekend’s races is attached at the top of the page.
Admission to the races is free to the general public with parking available at either the Farmer’s Market or the Veterans Memorial Park, both off of Northside Boulevard.
The starting line for the races will be at the Logan Street Bridge, with the finish line set up at the Notre Dame boathouse, located downtown from the Farmer’s Market. Any bridge along the river is suggested for the best viewing of the ongoing races.
In the opening event of the 2009-10 season, the Irish competed at the Head of the Rock in Rockford, Ill. Notre Dame was able to place at least one boat in the top five in each of the novice eight, collegiate four and collegiate eight races at the one-day regatta. The novice eight boat earned medalist honors, giving the Irish that race distinction for the second-consecutive season.
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