The Notre Dame Men's Crew Club is a highly competitive program on the national level. As the Fall 2013 season has come to a close, the Irish once again have begun a fresh chapter in their training and fitness. Our team is fitter than ever and each member has made it their personal mission to make this year's boats even faster.
Members of the NDRC Family,
We are rapidly approaching the halfway mark of the Power 50 Campaign! As of January 31, our fundraising total stands at:
To those of you who were initially uneasy about giving to the Power 50, no one can blame you. This isn’t the first time NDRC has launched a major capital campaign, and more often than not, reality’s hard truths laid low the grand visions of what could have been.
What makes this time around different? Unlike previous efforts, we have here a once-in-a-generation opportunity to marry the needs of NDRC with the resources of the Notre Dame Athletic and Development Departments. This chance comes around once in a great while, then it’s gone. If we succeed, we’ll have transformed Notre Dame Rowing Club into a Notre Dame institution, a tradition alongside her very best.
We have raised nearly a half million dollars – a figure unmatched in the Club’s history. We are the real deal. Answer the call; take up the oar; get us across the line.
Power 50 Coordinator
Do you want to earn the chance to compete for Notre Dame while getting into the best shape of your life? Notre Dame Men's Rowing is holding two informational meetings this week for all freshmen interested in trying out for the team. The first will be tonight in Debartolo 120 at 7:15pm. Tomorrow night's meeting is also in Debartolo 120 at 8:15pm. If you've ever thought about how awesome it would be to put on a Notre Dame uniform, this is your shot. Come to the info meeting and see what we've got to offer.
Join us at Alumni Row 2013 during the Temple game on August 31st! In continuance with tradition, we are inviting all NDRC alumni classes and their families to come to the boathouse the morning before the game. In addition to rowing and refreshments, we will be giving a formal update on our Power 50 campaign.
Schedule for the weekend:
Friday, August 30
8:00pm - Informal Dinner, Rocco's Pizza
Saturday, August 31
8:00am - Mass, followed by Brunch at Boathouse
9:00am - Alumni & Team Row!
12:00pm - Power 50 Presentation on new Boathouse (slides enclosed)
1:00pm - NDRC Tailgate on Campus
3:30pm - Temple vs. Notre Dame, Season Opener
8:00pm - Postgame celebration at Jay Ferriero's (just South of the Stadium)
Football Tickets ($90) - Checks payable to "Notre Dame Rowing Club"; to reserve, email Sam Hocking at Shocking@nd.edu
View a sneak preview of the Boathouse here: Power 50
See photos from our 2011 Alumni row here: Gallery
We look forward to seeing you there!
Summer is here, but a new football season is right around the corner! The 2013 alumni row will be held during the first home game this year against the Temple Owls. Come out on the morning of August 31st to unite with old friends and enjoy challenging the youngsters to some healthy competition!
We have a total of 75 tickets reserved for the Temple game. Please contact Alec Macdonell at firstname.lastname@example.org to reserve tickets through the club.
This past Saturday, the Notre Dame men’s rowing club christened its newest shell, the Rich O’Leary. All 55 team members were in attendance to welcome guest of honor Linda O’Leary. Many RecSports staffers were on hand, as well as close friends of the O’Leary family. Rich was recognized for his nearly 38 years of service to RecSports and the club sports programs. A few of Rich’s contributions to the rowing club, from shuttling members back to campus in the early morning when the old club bus would repeatedly break down, to shepherding the club through the development and refinement of the popular Alumni Row, were highlighted. Rich O'Leary
, director of intramurals and club sports at the University and a former Irish men's lacrosse coach, died in July 2009. The Rich O’Leary is currently undefeated in intercollegiate competition, having won its two inaugural races.
A couple of weeks ago, I rode out to Iowa to pick up the new team truck with Marty Ogren, ND's Head of Transportation and a longtime friend of the program, his wife Pam, and Adam Tirotta, an ND mechanic who worked overtime to help us out on the trip. The dealership had offered us a very Notre Dame-esque red color, which we leaped at the chance to get. I thought it was a good omen that the spec sheet listed the official color as 'Victory Red'. Once we took possession of the truck, Adam and I drove the new wheels back to campus. After staying at Transportation a few days so it could be certified as an University vehicle, we put the truck to use, hauling some older boats up to Chicago for some minor repairs. The truck runs like a dream, and I couldn't be happier with it. With proper care and maintenance, it should serve the team well for 10+ years. Special thanks must go to the Power 50 Campaign, which identified the need for a truck in the fall, and worked to make sure we received a top-of-the-line vehicle. This truck is just the first tangible sign of the momentum the campaign's generating. With the right support, I'm confident that a new Boathouse is just around the corner.
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After a slightly disappointing weekend at the Head of the Charles, the Notre Dame Men’s Rowing team returned to the water this past weekend at the Head of the Iowa. This regatta provided the Irish an opportunity to race against one of the country’s top collegiate crews, Wisconsin. In a day that started off rather chilly, the Irish performed very well. At the beginning of the day, the V8 was focused on one thing: reverse the margin on Minnesota from the Charles. In the Varsity Eight event, the top boat finished 5th, only losing to four Wisconsin boats. In one week they went from losing to 2 seconds to Minnesota, to defeating them by 14 seconds on a shorter course. Notre Dame’s 2V boat lost its skeg before the race started and so was unable to adequately row the course but still managed to beat several boats. The third boat finished in 10th place, but was disappointed they missed the chance to race the 2V. In the Varsity Four event, the Irish boats took 11th and 12th places. To round out the day of racing for the varsity, the Irish sent out three boats of pairs. The river was quite difficult to navigate in the toe-less boats, but the three pairs raced without major incident. They took places 12th, 14th, and 15th.
This weekend was also the first time that the new novices were able to get out and compete against opposing schools. Everyone on the team was excited to see what the new members of the team could do. In the Novice Four event, the two entered boats took 10th and 19th. In the Novice Eight event, the team entered a staggering four eights, displaying the great depth this team is developing. These finished in 11th, 12th, 14th, and 15th place. Though the novices were a bit disappointed in the results, they raced hard and showed signs of real potential going forward. All in all, Coaches Phil Brunner and Jamie Baffa were fairly happy with the results from the day, but realize that much work is still needed before the spring season.
Full regatta results can be found here.