Women's Rowing



Rowing Celebration Produces Conflicted Emotions


Kottkamp Top ACC Scholar-Athlete For Second Straight Year

2015 Notre Dame valedictorian repeats as ACC Rowing Scholar-Athlete of the Year


Sheehan Tabbed As CRCA Second Team All-American

Notre Dame senior was one of 13 Irish CRCA award winners from the 2015 season


#16 Irish Finish 16th At NCAA Championship

Notre Dame varsity four places 12th, eight boats each finish in 17th place overall


#16 Irish Varsity Four Reaches NCAA Petite Final

Notre Dame four boat qualifies for fourth straight petite final, both eights in C final

AS A SENIOR: Became the 15th All-America selection in program history after being tabbed to the CRCA All-America second team … CRCA Region 3 first team all-region and an all-ACC first team choice … all-ACC Rowing Academic Team ... opened fall season at the 50th Head of the Charles Regatta with the first Notre Dame championship eight, finishing in 16th place with a time of 17:18.707 … raced exclusively with the Notre Dame first varsity eight as a senior … logged a pair of runner-up results while claiming a heat victory in a time of 5:56.767 during the second session of the Oak Ridge Cardinal Invitational … after finishing as runner-up to No. 1 Ohio State (6:29.48), downed No. RV Michigan State in 6:27.36 for a heat win at the Big Ten/ACC Double Dual in Columbus, Ohio … recorded two second place finishes at the Lake Natoma Invitational, clocking fastest time of the weekend (6:33.70) against No. 3 California and Rhode Island … runner-up during Friday night heat (6:51.50) at the Dale England Cup … placed second in the first varsity eight grand final (6:28.60) behind eventual team champion Virginia at the ACC Championship … finished in 17th place overall at the NCAA Championship after crossing the finish line in 6:44.901 of the first varsity eight C final on Lake Natoma.

AS A JUNIOR: Placed fourth with the Ireland W4- boat at the 2013 World Rowing Under 23 Championships in July, held in Linz- Ottensheim, Austria - became the first international Notre Dame rower to compete at the World Under 23 Championships ... 2014 CRCA South all-region second team selection ... second team all-ACC choice ... opened the fall season with a sixth place finish at the Head of the Charles Regatta (16:58.595) as a member of the Notre Dame women's championship eight entry... competed exclusively with the first varsity eight boat during the spring slate ... won first race of the season at the Oak Ridge Cardinal Invitational, finishing ahead of Louisville and West Virginia with a 6:31.700 clip ... placed second during the afternoon session behind Virginia with a time of 6:29.644 ... finished the regatta with a win over ACC foe Duke in 6:40.500 during Sunday's final session at the Oak Ridge Cardinal Invitational ... the Irish first eight rowed to three second place finishes at the Lake Natoma Invitational, posting a time of 6:30.30 in the first session, 6:45.90 in the second session and 6:29.80 in the final session of the regatta ... finished behind eventual NCAA champion Ohio State with a time of 6:32.06 at the ACC/Big Ten Challenge, before crossing the finish line behind Michigan (6:29.00) later in the day ... triumphed over Indiana in 6:17.90 at the Dale England Cup - the 6:17.90 readout was the fastest recorded by any crew in the ACC in 2014 ... earned a heat victory the following day over Alabama in 6:26.60 ... completed a 3-0 weekend after defeating Rhode Island (6:20.00) during Saturday's afternoon session to help Notre Dame repeat as the team champion at the Dale England Cup ... earned ACC Crew of the Week honors on April 29, the first weekly ACC award claimed by a Notre Dame boat in program history ... first eight claimed victory in the second heat at the ACC Championship with a time of 6:47.60 ... finished the championship with a runner- up finish to Virginia in the grand final (6:28.80) ... placed third in the preliminary heat at the NCAA Championship before taking the top spot in the second heat of the repechage stage in 6:29.737... finished third in the petite final (6:57.515) to place ninth overall in the NCAA Championship.

AS A SOPHOMORE: Named to the CRCA Central all-region team ... all-BIG EAST first team selection ... rowed in the fall with the women's championship eight boat at the prestigious Head of the Charles Regatta ... in a field featuring US Rowing and Rowing Canada Aviron, finished 12th with a time of 17:21.23 ... pulled with the first varsity eight boat in the spring season ... at the Oak Ridge Cardinal Invitational, won first race in 6:40.70 before crossing second to defending NCAA champion Virginia in 6:36.022 ... finished the Tennessee trip ahead of Louisville and Miami with a time of 6:39.50 ... the Notre Dame eight boat was named BIG EAST Boat of the Week March 20 ... continued boat's winning ways by beating Iowa in the morning race at Michigan State with a 6:55.10 mark before outpacing host Michigan State at a 7:03.10 clip ... won first race against Michigan with a time of 6:53.50 at the Ohio State Invitational, but finished second to the host Buckeyes in the afternoon with a 7:21.26 mark ... finished second to west coast rivals USC and California in first two races at the Lake Natoma Invitational before surging ahead of Washington State and Wisconsin with a time of 6:30.30 ... won all three races at the fifth annual Dale England Cup, beating Alabama in 6:45.5, Iowa in 6:46.4 and host Indiana in 7:26.5 ... crossed first in grand final race of BIG EAST Championship with a time of 6:49.656 ... finished third in preliminary heat at the NCAA Championship with a mark of 7:07.338 ... in repechage race, finished third to foes Stanford and Yale at a pace of 7:05.656 ... won C/D semifinal race with a time of 7:37.292 ... the Irish varsity eight claimed the third final race with a mark of 6:36.141 to finish the three-day event in 13th place overall ... earned a monogram.

AS A FRESHMAN: Rowed with the first varsity eight boat for the Irish on the season ... earned first monogram ... named BIG EAST Crew of the Week (May 2) ... won the first three races at the Oak Ridge Cardinal Invite, highlighted by a 15 second win over Alabama and Jacksonville, as well as a 6:23.00 time in the win over Tennessee ... also beat Minnesota and Kansas (6:25.90) ... competed against Ohio State (6:35.39) ... helped the team to a second place finish at Indianapolis, beating Louisville and Purdue with a time of 6:27.70 ... raced for the first varsity eight boat, claiming two victories at the Virginia invite, beating Penn (6:40.80) and falling to Virginia (6:35.40), while posting a time of 6:27.60 in the win over Clemson ... competed at the Stanford Women's Invitational against Southern California (6:32.20) and Stanford (6:31.70) ... after winning the qualifier by 15.7 seconds, went on to win the BIG EAST Invite first varsity eight grand final over Syracuse, Iowa, and Louisville with a time of 6:41.00 ... helped the team claim victory over Syracuse, Louisville, and Georgetown at the BIG EAST Championship, winning the first varsity eight grand final with a time of 6:31.724 after qualifying with a first place finish (6:22.016)... went to the NCAA Championships with the Irish varsity eight boat ... with a fifth place finish, qualified for the repechage heat, then placed seventh, putting the boat in the third final ... finished fourth in the third final with a time of 6:40.33 to conclude in 16th overall.

PREP AND PERSONAL: Competed in two sports, athletics (track and field) and rowing while attending Salesian College Copeswood ... started in athletics at the age of seven and competed on six occasions for Ireland in the shot put and javelin and won at four of those competitions ... started rowing midway through sophomore year of high school with St. Michael's Rowing Club ... during summer prior to senior year, rowed with the club's junior 8 and 4 boat and helped the boat take second place in both National Championships ... also part of Irish crew, coxing the 4 boat that won in the Home International ... served as the six seat of an Irish Development junior squad 8 boat that placed 30th overall in the London Women's Head ... graduated with a degree in design from the College of Arts and Letters.

Ailish Sheehan
Ailish  Sheehan


Kildare Co. Limerick, Ireland

High School:
Salesian College Copsewood


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