Notre Dame rowing: Irish rowers shine on world stage

Staff reports
ND Insider

Three Notre Dame rowers were members of top-10 crews last week at the 2013 World Rowing Under 23 Championships in Linz-Ottensheim, Austria.

Erin Boxberger, Ailish Sheehan and Molly Bruggeman set a program record for Notre Dame.

Boxberger and the U.S. W8+ crew opened the week with a time of 6 minutes, 15.79 seconds in the second of two heats Thursday to qualify for the A final. The U.S. team led the entire way during the grand final race Sunday, cruising to a wire-to-wire victory.

Sheehan aided Ireland’s W4- boat to the top time in Thursday’s repechage heat to also earn a trip to the A final. The Ireland entry placed fourth in Saturday’s grand final.

In the W4x opening heat Thursday, Bruggeman and the U.S. team pushed past Germany into the lead, crossing the finish line first and advancing through to the weekend’s A final. The American crew ultimately placed sixth in the championship race.