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!

Bald Eagle Collegiate Invitational Update

Indianapolis, IN

To close out the fall racing season, the team woke up early and made the trip out to Indianapolis, IN for this year's Bald Eagle Collegiate Invitational. The morning began with the Men's Novice 8+  A and B races. The Notre Dame 1N8 started off the morning right by bringing home some hardware. The 1N8 took 3rd place just behind Wisconsin and Virginia. The 2N8 also raced hard and came in 4th, close behind Wisconsin, Michigan, and Virginia.

Later in the morning, the Irish launched four entries for the Men's Pair event and three more for the Varsity Men's 4+. The NDRC A pair brought home a 7th place finish and the others weren't far behind. In the  4+'s, the A boat brought home another bronze medal only three seconds behind Michigan. The Notre Dame B and C boats were also in the top five fastest boats of their respective categories.

The Notre Dame novice squad raced again in the afternoon sending out a Men's Novice 8+ C boat and two entries in the Men's Novice 4+ event. The 3N8 raced hard and placed 7th in their event. In the 4+ event, the NDRC B boat took 4th and the A 4+ took 7th out of a total of 24 entries in the event.

To finish up the day, the Irish entered five boats in the Varsity 8+ event. The 1V8 had tough competition from Wisconsin and Virginia and took a 5th place finish. The 2V8 and 3V8 both closed out the day with 3rd place finishes and some more medals. The 4V8 also raced well and finished just behind Michigan. The 1N8 entered the varsity event as well and crossed the finish line close behind the Purdue 4V8 finishing out the season strong.

Big thanks to Purdue for hosting and to all of the parents who came out to support the team!

R'Irish!

53rd Head of the Charles Update

Boston, MA

The team flew out to Boston early Friday morning for the 53rd Head of the Charles Regatta. After rigging up the boats and taking a quick practice lap down the course the Irish headed back to the hotel before the Alumni race on Saturday and two Collegiate races on Sunday.

This year, ND alumni got together to race a 4+ at the Charles. The crew was coxed by the team's very own head coach, Michael Lehmann, and raced hard to a 31st place finish.

On Sunday, the Irish started off the day in the Men's Collegiate 8+ event. In the first time in a few years that ND has entered an eight at the Charles the team moved up from bow number 33 to a 13th place finish. The Irish ended the day with the Men's Collegiate 4+ where the crew took a 17th place finish out of 41 boats. Both crews finished in the top half of their event which means the Irish will be returning to the Charles to race again next year.

R'Irish!

Head of the Rock Update

Rockford, IL

The team got up early this Sunday to make the trip out to Rockford, IL. The morning got off to a great start with the Men's Pair taking first in their event. Later in the day the Irish also put out boats in the Men's Open 4+, the Men's Collegiate 4+, and the Men's Collegiate Novice 8+ events. Of those boats, the Notre Dame Men's Open 4+ also took first in their event and the 1st Novice 8+ came back with a bronze medal.

The team launched its doubles later in the afternoon. Two of the three boats came back with medals from the Men's Open 2x event. The Irish raced hard and came back with a silver and a bronze.

The day ended with the Men's Collegiate 8+ and Men's Open 8+ events. The 1st Varsity 8+ took third in its event just a second behind Purdue. The 1st Novice 8+ also brought home another bronze medal in the Open 8+ race.

Special thanks to the Notre Dame Club of Rockford and all the friends and family of Notre Dame Rowing that came out to support!

R'Irish!

ACRA Championships Update

Gainesville, Georgia

The team faced some tough competition at this year's ACRA championships. In the V4 the team took 4th just behind Minnesota sending them to reps later that evening. In their second race of the day the V4 pulled hard for a 3rd place finish. Due to thunderstorms that started Saturday evening and carried on into Sunday morning the V4's final race was cancelled. The V2x placed 2nd in their heat allowing them to move directly to A finals on Sunday where they came in 7th, close behind Chicago.

The two novice boats left it all on the water over the course of the weekend. The 2N8 raced for lanes on Saturday where they took a clear first place. The 1N8 qualified for B finals after a third place finish behind Virginia in the morning's heat and coming in 0.3 seconds behind Georgia in reps. On Sunday the 2N8 brought home some hardware pulling a third place finish in A finals. The 1N8 came in 2nd just a second behind UCLA.

The 2V8 took 3rd in the morning heat which led to another boat sent to reps. Later that evening, the boat took 2nd in its race which qualified them for B finals where they ultimately took 1st pulling away from UC Davis.

The 1V8 had a total of 4 races over the course of the weekend. After a time trial in less than ideal racing conditions the 1V8 took 10th and moved on to reps later that day. In reps the boat came in 1st with an almost 4 second lead over Minnesota. On Sunday morning the 1V8 was headed semis where a 5th place finish, less than a second behind Delaware, sent the team to B finals. In its last race of the regatta the 1V8 fought hard for a 6th place finish, 0.2 seconds behind UC Davis. Overall the weekend left the team ready for a summer of training hard and getting faster for next year's season.

Special thanks to all of the parents and friends that came out to support the team over the course of the regatta. We hope to see you in the fall!

R'Irish!