Irish win three events at Cardinal Invitational
Observer Sports Staff | Friday, March 23, 2018
After the winter offseason, Notre Dame took up the oars again and took home three wins out of six total races on the second day of the Cardinal Invitational at Oak Ridge, Tennessee.
In 12 races Saturday, the Irish only took home a win in one, beating out Michigan State and Tulsa in the third varsity four race.
In the first two races Sunday — the first and second varsity eight — Notre Dame was neck and neck with Minnesota and Louisville, but fell to the Golden Gophers and Cardinals in both events.
The third varsity eight, however, saw the Irish break out and win the race against two Minnesota boats and one Miami crew. The winning Irish squad was comprised of freshmen Carrie Smith, Brenna Halligan, Analisa Pines, Mariah Parsons, Mary Grace Phelan, Mary Ryan and Alexandra Lee, sophomore Ellie Daum and junior Bridget Geyer. The Irish edged Minnesota’s second-place squad by less than a second.
In addition to the third varsity eight victory, Notre Dame also took home wins in the second and third varsity four events.
The second varsity four crew of sophomores Evelyn McManus and Audrey Regan, juniors Katie Wiedenhoft and Meredith Swartz and freshman Rosemary McGovern beat Louisville by four seconds, finishing with a time of 7:02.212.
The third varsity four squad of junior Lauren McKee, sophomores Madeline Coady, Caroline Hills and Allegra Sodi and freshman Colleen Visnic beat the only other entrant in the race — Tulsa — by over 20 seconds.
The next Irish meet will not be until March 31, when Notre Dame travels to the East Coast to take on Columbia and Princeton.