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Rowing: Irish hope to carry on hot streak at Invite

Joe Wirth | Friday, April 27, 2012

After turning in strong showings in back-to-back nonconference matchups, the Irish look to continue their success against some familiar foes at this weekend’s Big East Invite.

The Irish began their current hot streak with an impressive showing at Virginia Invite, where they won seven of 12 races. They continued their strong rowing last weekend with three race victories against Stanford and USC, two of the top programs in the country.

This weekend’s event is the last regular season race for the Irish and they hope to send a message to the rest of the conference with their performance.

Sophomore Molly Bruggeman said it is crucial for Notre Dame to stay in good form, because this weekend’s event is the last race before the Big East Championships. She also explained how the Irish have to remain sharp if they are going to defend their Big East title.

“This weekend’s races are really just a preview for the Big Easts in a couple of weeks,” Bruggeman said. “It is just another step in our season. We have raced the last couple of weeks and races well. If we want to repeat as Big East champs, we have to continue to race hard this week. We are excited for the opportunity we have to show our stuff this weekend.”

The Big East Invite also provides an opportunity for the whole team to compete. Most boats will be racing and it will allow some newer members to show what they can do in the water.

“This weekend will be the first time some girls, especially those who came in the fall, will be able to race. It will be a little different, but it is great for some of the news girls to get some experience” Bruggeman said.

With a good showing this weekend, the Irish will solidify their role as one of the favorites heading into the Big East Championships in two weeks.

The races will begin Saturday in Indianapolis.

Contact Joe Wirth at jwirth@nd.edu