Irish post strong weekend results
Observer Sports Staff | Tuesday, April 8, 2014
Gymnastics Club competed at the 2014 NAIGC Nationals in Chattanooga, Tenn., in the women’s open division on Thursday. Sophomore Mary Faurot competed in her first Nationals and received a score of 4.4 on the balance beam and a score of 5.0 on the floor exercise. Graduate student Erin Bela also competed in her first Nationals, competing on the uneven bars, balance beam and floor exercise. Erin received a 3.2 on the uneven bars, 5.8 on the balance beam and a 5.1 on the floor exercise. Senior Emily Siebert competed in her final Nationals meet on vault, balance beam and floor exercise. She received an 8.1 on vault, 9.0 on beam and a 9.5 floor. Emily tied for 13th on vault, placed 1st on the balance beam and tied for 1st on the floor exercise in the women’s open division.
Men’s Rowing Club
This past weekend the Notre Dame men’s rowing team traveled to San Diego, to compete at the 41st annual San Diego Crew Classic. The event, hailed as the first major regatta of the year, draws thousands of rowers from more than 100 universities, clubs and high-school programs. Racing for the Irish began early Saturday, when the varsity 8+ raced their heat for Men’s Collegiate Cal Cup. Conditions were fair with low wind and calm water. Finishing the 2,000-meter race with a time of 6:24.6 earned the Irish a fourth-place finish in the heat and a spot in the Petite Final, falling short of the Grand Final to the University of San Diego and MIT by just more than 3 seconds. The novice team began its weekend racing in the Men’s Collegiate novice 8, finishing third in its heat with a time 6:18.4 and earning a spot in their Petite Final before falling short of the Grand Final to the University of California and the University of California-Santa Barbara. Later on Saturday, the novice 8 went on to win the Petite Final with a time of 6:40.6, earning them a 7th place finish in their event overall. On Sunday morning, the varsity 8 raced in their Petite Final, finishing 3rd with a time of 6:21.2 and earning a ninth-place finish in the event overall. The Men’s Collegiate novice 8 and the Men’s Collegiate varsity 8 events were won by the University of California and Grand Valley State University, respectively.
The Club Golf team played this weekend in the first Great Lakes Divisional Tournament of the spring at the University of Illinois golf course. Notre Dame placed third and fourth for the A and B teams, respectively. The club had three players place individually with Will Murphy in third, sophomore Brian Miller in fourth and junior Wes Greene in eighth.
The Irish looked to take on the MWCCC once again in a single day criterium event hosted by Ripon College in Ripon, Wis. The course was tremendously challenging, featuring kicker hills and a sweeping fast descent. The racing started around noon when freshman Sarah Cullen and freshman Emma-Kate Conlin participated in the women’s B/C field. The field quickly shredded itself, but the Irish women held steady. Cullen placed second and Conlin took sixth. The final event of the day was the Men’s A race. Junior Jim Snitzer, senior Luke Tilmans and junior John Pratt took the line against some of the top riders in the midwest, themselves included. Despite the hills, not many riders were shelled from this field. Eventually, though, after a couple of attacks, several riders were able to get up the road. Snitzer and Tilmans found themselves in 10th and 11th, respectively, at the finish line. Pratt finished 24th.
Next weekend, MWCCC action comes to South Bend for the annual Notre Dame Collegiate Cycling Classic.
On Saturday, the women’s rugby team beat Davenport University 22-15 at a charity game at Stinson Rugby Field. The Irish raised money for the Kay Yow foundation, which funds breast cancer research. The game began with an Irish score by senior Anna Fraser, but Davenport answered with a try of their own before the break. With the score tied at the beginning of the half, the Irish made a huge drive down the field, which ended with Saint Mary’s freshman Bella Bianco. However, the Panthers came back with two more tries. The Irish were down 15-10 with 10 minutes left in the game when they made a break and sophomore Katie Loughran scored once more. Junior Claire Kozlowski made the point-after kick to put the Irish ahead 17-15. Notre Dame didn’t stop there and, with five minutes left it broke through again when senior Leah Fisher scored the final try of the game.