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ND Rowing: Irish look for second Championship spot

Danielle Keller | Wednesday, May 2, 2007

After winning an unprecedented fourth consecutive Big East title, Irish rowing wraps up its spring season with the Central/South NCAA Region Championship Regatta May 12 and 13 in Oak Ridge, Tenn.

At the Region Championships, Notre Dame will look to qualify for the NCAA Rowing Championships. The No. 6 Irish will face some of the nation’s best crews including UVA, Ohio State, Michigan, Michigan State, Tennessee and Wisconsin.

“We think that this year we are a lot stronger team and we’re willing to fight for our spot at NCAAs,” sophomore rower Ellie Greybar said.

If the team qualifies, it will compete in the NCAA Rowing Championships May 26 and 27 in Oak Ridge for the second time in program history.

“We’re ready to step up and make a name for ourselves,” Greybar said.

Notre Dame competed against some of the top rowing teams in the nation this spring. The season began on March 17 in Knoxville, Tenn., with a regatta against Tennessee and Minnesota. The following day, the Irish raced Cincinnati and Alabama at the site of this year’s NCAA Championships. On March 24, the team faced Midwest rivals Michigan and Michigan State.

The most exciting victories came later in the season, when the team won the Lubber Cup title, beat two-time defending champion California and bested No. 6 Princeton and No. 5 Virginia. The novice eight boat remained undefeated for most of the season, and the varsity eight boat moved up from its No. 11 ranking at the beginning of the season to its current No. 6 spot.

Notre Dame has been successful against many of the teams it will face in the NCAA Tournament, and the team hopes it will be able to further its success in the postseason.