SIRA 2019

On this Easter weekend, we raced to the best showing we've had at SIRA yet.

Friday's racing was mostly uneventful, with all boats entering time trials and leaving with either a spot in the grand final or a semi-final.

Saturday is when the fun truly began. The 1N opened up the day with a 2nd place finish to Ohio State, earning them a spot in grands. The 2V quickly followed up with a similar result to Florida Tech. The 3V, racing in the 2V event, fought hard but ultimately fell to a 4th place finish, placing them in the petite final. The 1V capped off the morning with a solid 2nd place finish to Stetson, securing them a spot in grands, marking the first time the 1V has made the grand final at this regatta since 2009.

The afternoon started with our V2x taking 7th overall at the regatta. The 1N quickly followed, flipping the script on their semi with Ohio State earlier in the day and earning a silver medal, falling only to Virginia. The 3V came down the course next, fighting for a well-earned 2nd place in petites, 8th overall in the 2V category. Then, in an absolute barn-burner of a race, the 2V clawed their way to a gold medal, beating out Delaware by less than three tenths of a second. Finally, the 1V finished their historic regatta with a bronze, losing only by a second to currently-ranked 1st (in ACRA) Purdue and Florida Tech.

As with every victory, we celebrate today, but tomorrow get back to work; every single other team will be fired up after their loss, chomping at the bit for another go at us, and we have to be ready. ACRA is only a month away, and we intend on our best showing yet. Season isn't over yet. Keep sending it.

Row Irish!

Lubbers Cup 2019

We can now confirm that the Don Lubbers Cup regatta is an actual event, instead of just hearing that we’re going to be racing there and it inevitably being canceled either the day before or day of due to weather.

On Saturday, we opened up racing with the 1V and 2V racing Grand Valley’s 1V and Ohio State’s 1V. Our 1V took first, with the 2V taking a close third behind Grand Valley. The 3V and 1N raced next against Adrian’s and Grand Valley’s frosh. The 3V took a decisive victory, with the 1N in second, victorious over the other freshmen crews. Our V4 raced Grand Valley as well, leaving it all out on the course but unfortunately falling to second.

In the afternoon, the 3V once again left everyone behind, winning by nearly 18 seconds over Michigan’s and Grand Valley’s frosh. The 1N beat Michigan’s 3V, only falling to Ohio State’s frosh by 4 seconds. The V4 went out on the course with something to prove that afternoon and handily beat Michigan’s 2V4 and Ohio State. The 2V got revenge on Grand Valley’s 1V and walked through them in the afternoon, only falling 9 seconds behind Michigan’s 1V. The 1V took no prisoners and beat Ohio State, Michigan’s 2V, and Vanderbilt by nearly 20 seconds.

The true racing, however, came Sunday morning. In every boat category, we dueled Michigan head-to-head. Highlighting the day were wins in the 2V and 3V. The frosh fell to Michigan by 5 seconds; the 1V, 3 seconds.

We’ll be back for them. We’ve got speed to find. We’ll keep working. We won’t stop until they turn around at the finish line in Georgia and see us celebrating.

Row Irish.

Murphy Cup 2019

It’s the most wonderful time of the year.

The team opened up the spring racing this past Saturday at the Murphy Cup, throwing down some massive watts against some highly-ranked varsity programs. At this very same regatta last year, the current ACRA national champions failed to win even the petite final. This year, our 1V took home a bronze medal. The 2V and 3V placed 4th overall.

With these results, we’ve sent a very clear message to any team, ACRA or otherwise, who wants to line up with us: Be very concerned. We’re coming for you.

10 days until Lubbers. 58 until ACRA.

Row Irish.

Bald Eagle Collegiate Invitational 2018

The team closed out the fall season by traveling down to Indianapolis and competing with the top teams in the Midwest, such as varsity program Wisconsin and our rivals Michigan. All in all, the day proved to be a good, competitive challenge that is sure to keep us motivated throughout the coming winter months as we head indoors and hit the ergs.

The highlights of the day include a win in the 3V and a bronze in the 2V. Leo Schwartzkopff ‘21 and Luke Taylor ‘20 took bronze in the men’s pair as well earlier on in the day.

Just under 200 days until ACRA! We’ve got a long way to go until we race again, but until then, trust that we’re throwing everything we have at every piece, every single day.

Row Irish!

54th Head of the Charles

This past weekend a portion of the team traveled to Boston, MA to compete in the 54th Head of the Charles. We had an entry in both the Men's Collegiate 8+ and Men's Collegiate 4+ events. Additionally, we had alumni Sam Hocking, Zachary Stackhouse, David Mercante, Michael Maggart, and Christopher Bennett compete in the Men's Club 4 event. It was great to see the alumni reliving their glory days!   

Entering the race as bow number 13, our eight worked to finish 6th out of 40 crews. We were the second-fastest club team behind the University of Michigan, and one of three clubs to make the top 12. There were 18 club crews total in this event. 

The four was bow 16 in their event but rowed to finish 8th out of 40 crews. Included in the teams they beat were both University of Michigan's fours, Boston College, and UC Santa Barbara. 

This is the best result we’ve had at the Head of the Charles in a few years. Out of the 15 athletes that traveled, 9 were sophomores and 1 was a freshman. This provides promise for even better results in the coming years. 

Alumni Row 2018

They say that you can't teach an old dog new tricks. Lucky for us, we don't need to, because our alumni can come back, hop in a few boats, and still row (almost) as gracefully as they did in their golden days.

That being said, Alumni Row 2018 was a huge success! We couldn't have asked for a more beautiful day to welcome home our alums. After a gorgeous water-side mass in the morning and some breakfast that the current team definitely did not eat most of, everyone was raring to get some racing in. We put out three 8+s and a 4+, filled with alumni spanning the last twenty years, and maybe even a bit further back than that.

In the afternoon, everyone had a great time at the pre-game tailgate, where over 80 legends showed up to have a good time before we threw down on the football field against Michigan. The day was then finally topped off by our victory over Michigan, a true foreshadowing of ACRAs 2019.

The summary of the day would not be complete without mentioning Barton S. Richards '91. Richards generously donated two Pocock 4+s to our fleet last year, and we did not truly get to thank him until now. The boats are now christened and named after him and his family, and he will truly be remembered in the generations to come by all those who sit in those seats. Thank you Barton!

Row Irish!

ACRA Championships

A new era begins.

With the close of ACRAs today, there are only two words that could possibly be used to describe our performance this weekend: Unprecedented success.

We were one of only three teams at the regatta who put a boat in the grand finals of the biggest races of the weekend, the 1V, 2V, 1N, and 2N. The 2V took 6th, the 1N finished 4th, the 2N won themselves a bronze medal, and the eleventh seeded 1V took 5th in the nation.

Our 3V also raced and finished an impressive 13th overall in the 2V category. We fielded a 4x and a 1x as well who finished 10th and 12th respectively.

Overall, the team finished 5th in terms of team points.

As much as our seven seniors will be missed, the core of our team next year will remain intact, and with an incredibly deep freshman class, we will be back next year stronger, and with a vengeance.

Until we're taking every top spot, whether it be in the four big categories, small boats, or team points, we won't stop fighting.

The future burns bright.

R'Irish.

MACRA Update

Cincinnati, Ohio

The squad traveled down to Cincinnati, Ohio early on Saturday morning for the last race before ACRAs in late May. After a windy and cold practice Saturday afternoon and fueling up with some amazing BBQ for dinner, the team was ready to take on the best teams in the midwest the following day.


For the first time in several decades, the team raced six 8+s this late in April, the 1V, 2V, 3V, 4V, 1N, and 2N. Sunday was a great show of the depth this team has this year as nearly all boats ended up on the podium! The 2V, 3V, and 1N took silver, while the 4V took bronze in the 3V category. The 2N, riding high off their win at SIRAs last week, pulled a win out once again and took gold in their category, besting Michigan by half a deck. The 1V fought hard to a respectable 4th place finish.

The team now travels back to South Bend to prepare for the biggest race of the year, ACRAs, in a month! R’Irish!

SIRA Championships

Oak Ridge, Tennessee

The team made the trip out to gorgeous Oak Ridge, Tennessee, to throw down with some fast crews from all around the southeast. After a nice, long paddle down the course on Friday afternoon and an Italian meal of epic proportions, the Irish got a good night’s rest before racing began on Saturday morning.

This year, the team raced eight boats, the 1V8, 2V8, 1N8, 2N8, 1N4, 2x, 1x, and the 3V8, also racing in the 2V8 category. All boats moved on past time trials in the morning, with the 2N8, 2x, and 1x moving directly on to their grand finals on Sunday. Saturday afternoon consisted of semi-finals, where the Irish shined once again, putting the 2V8 and 1N8 in grand finals as well, the 1V8 and 3V8 in petites, and the 1N4 in C finals. The Irish then retired to a wonderful homemade dinner hosted by some alumni in preparation for the following day’s finals.

On Sunday, varsity racing dawned with Seth Tautges, C/O 2019, finishing 5th in the 1x category. The 2x finished 6th overall and in their final. The 3V8 fought hard and placed 2nd in their petite final, a strong 8th place finish overall in the 2V8 category. The 2V8 finished 4th in the same category with a fast last race of the regatta. Finally, coming off an emotional semi-final the day before, the 1V8 left it all out on the course and won their petite final, placing 7th overall.

The novice squad raced to unprecedented success on Sunday. The 2N8 topped last year’s second place finish in the same boat with absolute domination in their grand final. The 1N8 fought for every inch down the course and finished 2nd overall, the highest finish Notre Dame has seen in that category at this regatta ever. This SIRA was also the first in a very long time where the squad put out a 1N4, who finished strong at 3rd in their C final.

Big shoutout to all parents and alumni who came out and showed their support this weekend! The team will be heading to Cincinnati this coming weekend for MACRA, we hope to see many of you there!

The future is shining bright for Notre Dame Men’s Rowing. R’Irish!

Marietta and Grand Valley Duels

Marietta, OH

The team travelled out to Marietta, OH for the first race of spring season this weekend. The morning started off strong with the 1V8 taking on Marietta head to head and crossing the finish line with a definitive lead. The 2V8 followed suit and won its three boat race against Marietta and the Notre Dame 3V8.

The 1N8 and 2N8 took on Grand Valley to start off the day. The Notre Dame 1N8 crossed the line first, followed by the Notre Dame 2N8 in second, and the Grand Valley novice eight in third.

The afternoon went just as successfully. The 1N8 left it all on the water and won against Marietta. The 1V8 fought hard against Grand Valley and won their second duel of the day. To close out the afternoon, the 2V8 and 3V8 both beat Grand Valley.

Overall, a clean sweep for the Irish! Special thanks to all the parents, friends, and fans that came out to support the team!

R'Irish!