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This past Saturday marked the 40th anniversary of Title IX, an educational amendment that changed the world. In part, Title IX states:
No person in the United States shall, on the basis of sex, be excluded from participation in, be denied the benefits of, or be subjected to discrimination under any education program or activity receiving Federal financial assistance...Last week, several Notre Dame student-athletes reflected on the momentous act in a feature for ESPN.
Daily Herald - After four years participating on the Rolling Meadows girls basketball, swimming and soccer teams, a 2010-2011 Daily Herald Female Athlete of the Year has found a new sport at her new school. Maddie Conlin is a freshman on the University of Notre Dame rowing team. "I am loving it so far," said the first female to earn 12 letters at Rolling Meadows. "I decided to try out because I already started to miss the team atmosphere and I had a friend whose older sister walked on to the rowing team and loved it." Because it is not one of the more common sports, Conlin said there are a lot of girls like her who had never tried the sport. "So we all got to learn together," Conlin said. "The main skill from all three sports I played in high school is just how important it is to be on the same page as all of your teammates. Our coach always talks about how we can only move the boat the fastest if we are all locking in together and thinking about 'What can I do to make my team better?' " Conlin helped make the Meadows basketball team better as it went from four wins her freshman year to 19 her senior season. In soccer, her coach Jeff Adkins called Conlin the "heart and soul" of the team for four years." In swimming, Conlin was a captain and member of Meadows' 200-yard and 400-yard freestyle record-setting relay teams. Now, she's back in the water in a different sport. "I think the dryland training and muscle-building from swimming really helps (for rowing), and the endurance from both basketball and soccer are important. "This will definitely satisfy my desire for sports because rowing is a lot about heart and determination," Conlin added. "I am extremely excited for my first race (next spring season)."
- SI.com selected a 2011 Midseason All-America team and put Notre Dame's Manti Te'o as a second-team linebacker. - Notre Dame's "Dig Pink" match certainly lived up to its name ... the Fighting Irish scooped 62 shots - including a match-high 20 digs by Kristen Dealy - during Sunday's 3-0 (25-23, 25-17, 25-19) BIG EAST Conference volleyball win against USF in front of 1,460 fans at Purcell Pavilion ... Dealy was one of three Irish players with double-digit digs as senior Frenchy Silva (17) and sophomore Andrea McHugh (10) helped anchor a defensive effort that held USF to a .107 hitting clip. Notre Dame partnered with Dig Pink, a national initiative devoted to promoting breast cancer awareness spearheaded by the Side-Out Foundation, to help raise money for the Secret Sisters Society of South Bend. - A career-high two-goal effort from Harrison Shipp led the way as the No. 15 Notre Dame men's soccer team defeated Pittsburgh, 3-1, on Saturday evening in BIG EAST Blue Division play at Ambrose Urbanic Field in Pittsburgh ... Notre Dame jumped on top in the 33rd minute on an own goal and Shipp gave the Irish a 2-0 lead in the 44th minute. - Women's tennis senior co-captains Kristy Frilling and Shannon Mathews punched their ticket Sunday to the championship of the ITA Midwest Regionals doubles draw, which will take place today at the Ohio State Varsity Tennis Center in Columbus, Ohio ... the Irish duo recorded a pair of victories on the day to put them in the title matchup ... after opening up with a decisive 8-1 opening match against Belinda Niu and Brittany Wowchuk of Northwestern, Frilling and Mathews found themselves in a semifinal matchup against RachelWhite and Melissa Kopinski of Illinois ... the Irish tandem jumped out to a quick 4-1 advantage in their semifinal tilt but saw the Illinois team win the next two games to close the margin to one game ... Frilling and Mathews were undeterred, however, claiming four of the next five games to pull away for an 8-4 victory. - Notre Dame four boat, in its first taste of competitive action on the season, earned a fifth-place finish in the championship four race at the Head of the Charles Regatta on the Charles River on Sunday ... the Irish finish also represented the second-best result amongst collegiate boats in the race ... the Head of the Charles is an extremely reputable race worldwide, as it is the second largest two-day regatta in the world, with more than 8,900 athletes rowing in around 1,750 boats in 56 events ... the Irish boat, comprised of coxswain Abby Meyers, along with Molly Bruggeman at stroke, Olivia Kacsits at the third seat, Erin McConnell at the second seat and Courtney Gaberino at bow concluded the race in a time of 18:40.01 to secure the fifth-place result by more than 11 seconds over Yale, who crossed in 18:51.45.
AL.com - A group of University of Notre Dame student-athletes and administrators wrapped up a week of volunteering in tornado relief Thursday on a fall break service trip organized by Notre Dame and the University of Alabama. The trip, called Fight for Tide, brought 24 students and six administrators to Tuscaloosa to work in collaboration with Project Team Up, an initiative to rebuild communities partnered with Nick Saban's foundation Nick's Kids. Students representing the Notre Dame baseball, cross country, cheerleading, fencing, men's golf, women's lacrosse, rowing and track and field teams were selected for the trip based on essays they wrote. Sarah Smith, program coordinator for student athlete welfare and development at Notre Dame, said the idea to help Tuscaloosa began with a former Notre Dame employee who currently works in the ticket office at Alabama. He emailed the athletics office at Notre Dame and asked them to collect relief supplies that Alabama would pay to ship. Smith, who is originally from a town an hour away from Joplin, Missouri, began to come up with an idea of a service trip when students started talking over the summer about going to down to Tuscaloosa to help. "I just kind of ran with the idea and started calling people to see if it would be a possibility, and people started wanting to support it and make it happen," Smith said. After arriving Saturday, the group has worked at two sites in Alberta City, clearing storm debris on lots where new houses are planned to be built. They also met with Alabama athletics director Mal Moore and went on the field at Bryant-Denny Stadium, had dinner with Notre Dame's Alabama alumni club at Dreamland, attended Mass with students at the St. Francis of Assisi Parish on the Alabama campus and toured the baseball and softball facilities. On Thursday, at a site just off University Boulevard on 21st Avenue East, Alabama softball coach Patrick Murphy and several players joined the group from Notre Dame in clearing debris from destroyed houses and carrying limbs to the street. Notre Dame baseball player Tommy Chase said the experience changed his perspective on the important things in life. "I look at this as a great opportunity to help where there's a need," Chase said. "We get caught up at school doing a lot things for ourselves, whether it's in sports or in the classroom. Those are all great things, but it's revolved around our own needs and goals. Being able to come down here and help others is really important for my own personal development, but also I want to hopefully inspire this community in some way." Notre Dame sophomore cheerleader Erin Garfield took time away from her team to travel to Tuscaloosa because the fall break gave her time to join the service trip. On Saturday night, she'll be cheering on the sidelines as the Irish face USC in South Bend. "It's just been a great experience all around, hearing all these stories from people who experienced the tornado and getting to meet all these amazing people, Garfield said. Alabama sophomore softball player Ryan Iamurri said she was glad to share the experience of volunteering in Alberta City with the students from Notre Dame. "When you live here, you kind of get back in your normal routine, and if you don't cross this bridge (to Alberta), you forget what it's like," Iamurri said."It was so nice of them because we realize there's still so much more to do. To come out here with them is special."