ACC Rowing: Four Teams in Action This Weekend

Duke Joins Virginia, Syracuse and Notre Dame In The CRCA Top 20

For the second time this year and only the 11th time in school history, Duke is ranked among the nation’s Top 20 in Rowing. The Blue Devils, under first-year head coach Megan Cooke Carcagno, were ranked 19th this week. They were previously ranked 20th on March 22nd.

Syracuse, coached by Justin Moore, also earned its highest national ranking since May 14, 2003, as the Orange moved up to be ranked 14th, after being rated 16th last week.

Notre Dame, coached by Martin Stone, also moved up one spot to be ranked 16th nationally, has now been ranked in 41 consecutive polls and 87 overall.

Virginia, coached by Kevin Sauer, remained ranked at No. 4 this week, trailing only No. 1 California, No. 2 Brown and No. 3 Ohio State. Virginia has been ranked in 92 consecutive CRCA polls, including 30 straight Top Five rankings.

Notre Dame’s First Varsity Eight Named ACC Crew of the Week; Irish Crew Defeats 14th-Ranked Indiana to Claim Dale England Cup

Notre Dame’s First Varsity Eight was named the Atlantic Coast Conference Crew of the Week after winning and clinching the Dale England Cup for the Irish by defeating 14th-ranked Indiana, Duke and Navy to break a three-way tie for the Cup title last Sunday.

The Notre Dame 1V8, coached by Martin Stone, lowered their time by almost nine seconds in posting a time a 6:37.4 clocking to defeat the 14th-ranked Hoosiers (6:38.5), Duke (6:45.0) and Navy (7:05.9) to clinch the title of the Dale England in a tiebreaker at Lake Lemon, Indiana.

Earlier, in the morning session, the Irish 1V8 had posted a time of 6:46.0 in finishing second by just three-tenths of a second to Indiana (6:45.7), but ahead of Duke (6:53.1) and Navy (6:55.7).

The afternoon win allowed the Irish, which also finished second in the 2V8, 1V4 and 2V4 afternoon races, to win the Dale England for the third time in the last four years. Earlier, Notre Dame won the morning Second Varsity Four, the Novice Eight and the Second Novice Eight.

Notre Dame’s First Varsity Eight is composed of coxswain Reilly Kearny (So., San Mateo, California), stroke Joanna Mulvey (Sr., Staatsburg, New York), seven-seat Hillary Shinnick (Jr., Kildorrey County Cork, Ireland), six-seat Elizabeth Kelley (Sr., Windermere, Florida), five-seat Treasa O’Tighearnaigh (So., Powell, Ohio), four-seat Katherine Lumetta (Sr. Chesterfield, Missouri), three-seat Laura Migliore (Fr., Tampa, Florida), two-seat Ellen Gleadow (Sr., Vancouver, British Columbia) and bow Catherine Wagner (Jr., St. Louis, Missouri).

Notre Dame’s 1V8 boat was chosen over the First Varsity Four of Duke. Unranked, the Blue Devils 1V4 crew, coached by Megan Cooke Carcagno, won both of their races at the Dale England Cup. In the morning session, the Blue Devils posted a time of 7:51.4 in defeating 14th-ranked Indiana (7:53.4), Navy (7:54.4) and 17th-ranked Notre Dame (7:55.3). Then in the afternoon session, Duke lowered its time by 14 seconds in posting a 7:37.4 clocking to again defeat the Irish (7:38.1), Indiana (7:42.4) and Navy (7:47.9).

Notre Dame will not be in action until the ACC Championships on May 13-14. Duke will travel to Princeton, New Jersey, to face ninth-ranked Princeton in a dual meet in their final competition before the ACC Championships.

Notre Dame’s Doefler Earns Prestigious Fulbright Grant

2015 Irish rowing alum Rose Doerfler has earned a prestigious Fulbright U.S. Student Program grant to Taiwan in engineering from the U.S. Department of State and the J. William Fulbright Foreign Scholarship Board, it was announced last week.

Doerfler will research at Yuan Ze University as part of a project to build devices for detection of genetically modified rice and soy crops.

She is one of over 1,900 U.S. citizens who will teach, conduct research, and provide expertise abroad for the 2016-2017 academic year through the Fulbright U.S. Student Program. Recipients of Fulbright awards are selected on the basis of academic and professional achievement as well as record of service and demonstrated leadership in their respective fields.

With the Irish, Doerfler became one of just three rowers in program history to compete at four consecutive NCAA Championships. She was also a three-time CRCA National Scholar-Athlete selection and earned All-ACC Academic honors as a senior.

Doefler is set to graduate in two weeks with degrees in both chemical engineering and Chinese.

Four ACC Teams In Action In Final Tuneups for the 2016 ACC Championship

Four ACC teams--fourth-ranked Virginia, 19th-ranked Duke, Louisville and Boston College--will be in action this weekend on the road in their final tune-ups for the 2016 ACC Rowing Championship, which will be held on Lake Hartwell, in Clemson, South Carolina, on May 13-14.

Virginia will travel to Austin, Texas, Saturday to face the eighth-ranked Texas Longhorns for the second time this year. UVA previously defeated Texas at the Clemson Invitational on April 16.

Duke will travel to Princeton, New Jersey, to face the 9th-ranked Tigers in a dual meet. The two schools have not faced each this year.

Louisville is unranked this week, but has been ranked five times in the Top 20 this year, and is listed among other teams receiving votes. The Cardinals will travel to Ann Arbor, Michigan, to face 10th-ranked Michigan Saturday. Coached by Derek Copeland, Louisville dropped four races to the Wolverines in the first regatta of the year for both teams on March 12 at the Oak Ridge Invitational in Oak Ridge, Tennessee.

Boston College will also face some nationally-ranked opposition this Sunday, travelling to nearby Worcester, Massachusetts for the Eastern Sprints which will be held on Lake Quinsigamond. The Eagles, coached by Steve Fiske, will be facing a strong collection of Eastern teams, including 18th-ranked Harvard.