Athletics Writer | April 18, 2017
The University of Notre Dame rowing team faced down a challenge on Saturday, April 15, at the Griggs Reservoir in Columbus, Ohio. After competing on the West Coast at the Lake Natoma Invitational last weekend, the Irish faced a quick turnaround on the trip to Ohio to face No. 3 Michigan, No. 4 Ohio State and No. 20 Duke in the ACC/Big Ten Duel.
Notre Dame, which has faced several of the top teams in the country over the course of the season, was aslo receiving votes in the latest USRowing/CRCA Top 25.
The high note of the morning competiton was provided by the Fourth Varsity Eight in its first competition of the season. The Irish finished first in the final race of the day (7:13.8), ahead of Ohio State (7:14.2) and Michigan (7:15.9). The Fourth Varsity Eight featured freshmen Molly Hallsten, Abigail Kovar, Anya Lindholm, Audrey Regan, Marissa Keenan and Astrid Brakstad, along with sophmore coxswain Brdget Geyer and juniors Olive Perham and Emily Ames.
Notre Dame Head Coach Martin Stone:
On the overall team effort at the regatta...
"We raced hard in some areas today and found out about ourselves and what we need to do to get faster this season. It was good for us to see where Ohio State, Michigan and Duke are at right now. We will race Duke fairly often moving forward."
"I thought the 2V had a very good race to finish third and push hard ahead of Duke."
On the final race of the day...
"The epic race of the day was the 4V event. All three boats were back and forth throughout the course and raced really hard all the way through. It was good to see us come across the line first."