Varsity 8 Takes 2nd at the Windermere Cup

This past weekend, the Varsity 8 traveled to Seattle to race in the Windermere Cup. The team arrived on Friday, and immediately traveled to Washington's boathouse to practice. Washington allowed the team to borrow the "Husky Clipper," a Pocock shell named after the Husky boat that famously won the 1936 Olympics.

The V8 was in the Men's College Open Event, which featured three varsity programs: the Washington 3V, Oregon State 1F, and Puget Sound's 1V. The first 1200 meters of the course had yachts lining both sides of the course, with the remainder of the race going through the Montlake Cut.

Washington's 3V slipped away from the field early, leaving the V8 to duke it out with OSU and Puget Sound. After a rough start, the V8 crossed the 500m mark in fourth place. However, they were able to establish enough rhythm to begin walking back on the other boats. A solid third 500 put the Irish in 2nd place, and they were able to hold off an OSU sprint to finish 2nd. The race tight the whole way, with all three boats staying connected the entire 2000m. The V8 finished with a time of 6:26.18, 0.57 seconds ahead of Oregon State and 1.46 seconds up on Puget Sound.

The experience of the Windermere Cup was a once in a lifetime race for all nine members of the Notre Dame boat. The unique course and fantastic venue established an atmosphere that cannot be found at other races.

Our video recapping our experience can be found at the following link: 

The Notre Dame Men's Varsity Eight traveled to Seattle, Washington to compete against Washington, Oregon State, and Puget Sound in the historical Windermere Cup.

R'Irish!

Notre Dame Sweeps Tri Meet

Last week, the team travelled to Clinton Lake, Illinois to take on Minnesota and Illinois in a tri meet. The team took two varsity 8s, two novice 8s, and a varsity double.

In a solid showing, all four of the 8s won against their respective boats. The 1V beat both Minnesota and Illinois by open water. In a come from behind victory, the second Varsity 8 won by a length against the Minnesota 2V and 3V, and finished closely behind the Illinois 1V. Both novice boats were able to beat their respective Minnesota and Illinois competition, and the varsity double placed 2nd in a race against three Minnesota doubles.

The team was happy to get a win and some shirts, and is now training hard in the final weeks before heading to ACRAs.

SIRA Championships Rower Reflections

The 2V carries their boat to the dock as they launch for the grand final at the SIRA Championships.

The 2V carries their boat to the dock as they launch for the grand final at the SIRA Championships.

This past weekend, ND Men's Rowing travelled to Oak Ridge, TN to compete at the SIRA Championships. With great weather and solid conditions, the team was able to bring home some hardware and show progress. The double and 2N brought home bronze medals, the 1N and 2V both made the grand finals, and the 1V placed in the petite final.

Below are two reflections on the weekend of racing. The first is by varsity rower Brian Byrne. His double had the most exciting finish of the weekend, knocking off Virginia by less than a second to place 3rd in the grand final. The second reflection is by Jose Armengol, who stroked the 1N to a solid 5th in a very close grand final.

"The weekend at SIRAs started off with time trials to place the boats in their next heat or final. The double was the first race of the day, and was able to finish fourth to proceed to grand finals. In the finals, the double finished third overall, beating Virginia by about 0.6 seconds. This was a strong finish and indicates that among club teams, the double is very competitive. Regarding the other boats, the second varsity eight was competing with the strongest club programs, and finished sixth overall. The first varsity boat finished off the day with a third place finish in the petite finals behind Marietta and UNC, only one of which is a club program. Overall, the weekend was a good indication of where the team needs to be by ACRAs, and shows that the hard work is beginning to pay off. "- Brian Byrne

 

"5:25 a.m. on a Friday morning and my alarm is buzzing. Forty-five minutes later and I’m on a bus. About nine hours later, I’m in Oak Ridge, TN for the SIRA Championships. As one of the last large competitions before the ACRA Championships in Gainesville, GA, we spent lots of time on the water getting ready for the races. After the first day of time trials and semifinals, both the first and second novice eights had qualified for the grand finals in their respective events, and it felt like every individual on the novice squad knew how well we could perform against some great competition. We ate (courtesy of the gracious host families), rested, and got ready for the finals the next morning. The second novice eight did extremely well in their final, edging out Colorado and Georgia for the bronze medal. The first novice eight placed 5th in the final, beating North Carolina to the finish line with a time of 6:26.04. It was a great weekend for the novice team, with both eights having good races. With SIRA in the rearview mirror, we gear up for the crunch time before ACRA and get ready for this weekend’s Tri Meet with Illinois and Minnesota." - Jose Armengol 

Notre Dame Day - Donation Link is Live!

https://notredameday.nd.edu/campaigns/mens-rowing

Alumni and Friends,

In the next week, Notre Dame has given all organizations on campus a chance to claim a portion of a $1,000,000 fund. This opportunity has been deemed "ND DAY" and will take place between 6:42pm ESTon April 24th and midnight EST on April 25th.  Although the event will be live streamed on these two days, the website is now accepting donations!  Please visit https://notredameday.nd.edu/campaigns/mens-rowing to learn more and make your donation!

The fundraiser is structured such that for the first $10 donated, the donor receives 5 votes.  Each of these votes can be allocated to the organization of your choice.  We would love for you to give all five of your votes to Notre Dame Men's Rowing!  If you want to donate more than $10, each additional $10 donation will receive one vote.  Once the competition is over, we will receive each $10 gift plus the same percentage of the $1 million fund as our percentage of overall votes.  Thus, if we receive 2% of the overall votes, we will receive 2% of the $1 million dollars, or $20,000.  

We have recently experienced some University (SAO/Rec Sports) policy changes that greatly affect our financial standing.  We can no longer stay in host family houses at regattas, and we will need to take buses in lieu of rental cars.  These changes will make next year significantly more expensive.  Due to these policy changes, a strong showing on ND Day will go a long way to ensure the team has sufficient funding for smooth operation next year.  Our goal for ND Day is to make $30,000.  This would come from both the percentage we are allocated of the $1 million fund and the $10 donations themselves.

There is also a video competition this year.  We have submitted our video in hopes for success in that competition as well.  Please share the video on social media to help us get the word out!  When anyone uses the hashtag #NDDay on Twitter or Instagram, or posts @ProudtobeND on Facebook, the posts may be featured on the ND Day website.  We would love to spread the word about our club and this event as much as possible among alumni and friends!

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jnf7UmjriTM

We wish we could express our gratitude for your continued support in person. Thank you in advance for your help in making this year's ND Day a success for our club!

R'Irish!

Joe Boyle- Senior Alumni Officer
Katie Egan + Daara Jalili - Junior Alumni Officers

Lubber's Cup Wrap Up

Snow covered the ground and boats when the crew arrived Saturday morning. The early morning temperature was 28 degrees.

Snow covered the ground and boats when the crew arrived Saturday morning. The early morning temperature was 28 degrees.

Notre Dame Men's Rowing travelled to Spring Lake, Michigan this past weekend to compete against the top Midwest crews. Conditions were harsh, with temperatures in the low 30s, choppy waters, and strong winds.

Lubber's Cup is a round robin regatta, meaning there are no heats or finals, but rather all crews race each other and the winner is determined by overall time differentials. The 1V finished 5th, and the 2V finished 6th, both in a fiercely competitive field. The novice races for Sunday were cancelled, so no results are available.

Below are two rower reflections from this past weekend, one from varsity coxswain Katie Egan, and the other from novice rower Joe Gonzales.

"This weekend, the team travelled to Spring Lake, Michigan for the annual Don Lubbers Cup Regatta.  We knew the conditions would be rough, so we prepared for the choppy water in the preceding week.  The conditions were worse than we could have expected or prepared for, which turned the weekend into an excellent learning opportunity.  We arrived to a regatta scene filled with snow-covered boats, frozen oar locks, and icy roads. While there were many delays in the regatta schedule, and some races were cancelled, we consider ourselves lucky for having the opportunity to compare ourselves to other crews.

In the 2V, we raced and beat DePaul and Case Western easily which slightly boosted our confidence for this week.  However, we are especially motivated by our tie with Minnesota and losses to Michigan.  Although the choppy water and strong winds make it difficult for us to know where we will stand next weekend at SIRA, we have been humbled by our losses and look forward to improving as a boat.  The first spring race of the season always allows us to see how our winter training has prepared us for the racing ahead.  Our results from the weekend have enabled us to develop difficult and challenging, yet attainable goals for our boat in the practices and races that remain.  

Overall, it was definitely a regatta that we will remember!"
- Katie Egan

"As the first regatta of the fall season in which the entire crew could participate, conditions for Lubber’s Cup were less than ideal. However, in defiance of the freezing temperatures, glacial winds, and the consistent sleet that attacked Spring Lakes, Michigan this past Saturday, the excitement and the intensity of the regatta were higher than expected. The spectators who braved the elements to watch the regatta had the opportunity to witness a number of exciting races including my own where the Notre Dame 2N finished within two tenths of a second of Purdue, demonstrating the longstanding rivalry that is guaranteed to persist for the rest of the season. Notre Dame managed to establish itself as a rough water crew, probably due to the conditions that we row through on a daily basis on the St. Joseph River. I think our chances looking forward to SIRA’s are very good, and I am excited to watch the team improve over the course of the spring.

Having the opportunity to see other crews in person for the first time was a really valuable experience for everyone on the team. Lubber’s Cup gave us all a much clearer picture of what we are going to be up against for the rest of the spring. For me, it was the first tangible demonstration of what we are capable of after a grueling winter on the ergs. After talking with my teammates, I know that seeing the competition at Lubber’s has motivated everyone to work even harder on the water, always keeping ACRA’s in the back of our minds."
- Joe Gonzales


 

San Diego Crew Classic - Rower Reflections

Notre Dame Men's Rowing kicked off the spring season this past weekend at the San Diego Crew Classic.  Below are two reflections written by varsity rower Johnathan Beldin, and novice Alex Kiess, on their experiences at the Crew Classic.

"This past weekend, the Varsity 8+ travelled to San Diego to compete alongside very strong competition from the West Coast at the San Diego Crew Classic. The entire team was excited to get started with the race season in the beautiful California sunshine. As a first-timer to the Crew Classic, I had a great experience racing at one of the largest regattas in the country. Our opening race of the season provided insight on how our crew is currently performing against some of the country’s top collegiate programs and allowed us to develop our race plan into a more effective strategy for the upcoming races this season. Following Saturday’s heats, the boat revisited our race strategy to row faster on Sunday. In the final, a poor lane draw and gusty winds created choppy conditions for the boat as we made our way down the course. Though our results were not entirely where we desired them to be entering the regatta, we defeated a number of varsity programs and were able to see just how much potential our season has and what the crew needs to improve on as we enter the heart of our spring season. The Crew Classic provided the team with excellent racing experience to take back to the St. Joe and motivation to keep pulling hard as we get closer and closer to ACRA."
- Jonathan Beldin, 5 seat of the V8.

"The San Diego Crew Classic was an incredible opportunity for the novice boat, as we got to compete in our first official races of the spring season and experience the atmosphere of a full-scale collegiate regatta. We placed third in our heat on Saturday morning, which sent us to the petite final, but we were able to hold off the other crews to win that race and ultimately place 7th in our category. Though we were hoping to make the grand final, it was great to race against other crews that we will face later in the season, such as the University of Michigan and Orange Coast College. Being able to see where we stack up compared to our future competition—along with the local California teams—is strong motivation for us to keep working hard at practice and continue to prepare for our upcoming races. All in all, the intense racing atmosphere gave us a taste of what we have to look forward to this season, and sunny San Diego was a welcome change from the chilly weather we’ve rowed in thus far."
- Alex Kiess, 2 seat of the N8.

Spring Break Training - We're Back!

This past week, Notre Dame Men's Rowing travelled to Clemson, South Carolina to spend a week on the water. The team had two-a-day practices for the majority of the week, getting reacclimated after a productive winter training season on the ergs. The trip culminated with a scrimmage against Boston University.

The team is excited to be on the water again, and is now back in South Bend on the St. Joe, continuing preparation for the upcoming spring season.

R'Irish!