Oak Ridge, TN
The Team traveled down to Melton Lake in Tennessee early on Thursday morning to do some practice laps on the course in preparation for Friday and Saturday racing. The Irish sent six boats to SIRAs: 1V8, 2V8, V4, 2x, 1N8, and 2N8. Friday consisted of time trials to determine which boats went to semifinals and which did not. The 1V8, 2V8, V4, and 1N8 qualified for semifinals, and the 2x and 2N8 qualified for their grand finals. Saturday morning began with the semifinals. The 1N8 qualified for petites, and the 2V8 inched out North Carolina to make grands. The 1V8 and V4 both qualified for their petite finals. In the afternoon, the 2x fought hard to a 5th place finish their grand final, the 1N8 placed 2nd in their petite final, the 2V8 placed 6th in their grand final, the V4 placed second in their petite final, and the 1V8 placed 3rd in their petite final. The highlight of the day was the 2N8 coming in 2nd in their grand final, bringing home some hardware.
All in all, it was a weekend of learning and experience for the Notre Dame Men's Rowing Team. The Team looks to continue training and getting faster in preparation for MACRAs on April 30th in east Cincinnati.
Special thanks to all parents and friends that came out to support us this past weekend! We hope to see you all at our coming regattas.