Athletics Writer | May 2, 2017
The University of Notre Dame rowing team finished second in a thunderstorm-shortened Dale England Cup at Lake Lemon in Bloomington, Indiana, on Saturday afternoon.
The regatta was originally scheduled for two racing sessions on Saturday but the participating teams, Notre Dame, No. 16 Indiana, No. 17 Duke and San Diego, adjusted the schedule in anticipation of inclement weather. The teams attempted to move the first session of races to Friday evening, but the storm system forced cancellation of Friday night's races.
The weather system then delayed racing until after 2:00 p.m. ET on Saturday. The teams were able to get one full session in before San Diego was required to head to the airport to catch a flight back to campus.
The highlight of the day for the Irish was the performance of the First Varsity Eight. The Irish finished second (6:39.12) behind Indiana (6:35.6), but outdistanced Atlantic Coast Conference opponent Duke by five point four seconds. The outcome is a positive indicator for the boat heading into the ACC Championship on May 15.