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Rowing: Irish to race top competition

Observer Staff Report | Friday, April 5, 2013

The No. 13 Irish will compete in Columbus, Ohio, this Saturday, where Notre Dame will race against No.4 Ohio State, No.8 Michigan and Tennessee. The race will pose an early challenge for the Irish as they progress through their season.

Notre Dame is coming off an impressive Easter weekend performance against Iowa, Michigan and Michigan State on the Grand River in Lansing, Mich. Notre Dame’s top two varsity eight boats, as well as the first varsity four and novice eight were each double winners on the day.

The Irish novice eight won against both Iowa in the morning and Michigan State in the afternoon in dominant performances, finishing more than five seconds before their closest competition in each race.

The Irish varsity four also compiled a set of wins against the Hawkeyes and Spartans. Notre Dame’s varsity four beat Iowa by more than 15 seconds in their race. This impressive performance was enough for the Irish to take their second consecutive Big East Boat of the Week honors. The Irish squad consisted of senior coxswain Danni Schneider, freshman Elizabeth Kelley, sophomore Stella Willoughby, junior Kiersten DeHaven and senior Kelsey Murphy.

The first varsity eight also defeated both Iowa and Michigan State. Notre Dame will now try to maintain its momentum developed during Easter weekend racing to its upcoming contests against the Buckeyes, Wolverines and Volunteers on Saturday.