2015 Notre Dame valedictorian repeats as ACC Rowing Scholar-Athlete of the Year
Notre Dame senior was one of 13 Irish CRCA award winners from the 2015 season
Notre Dame varsity four places 12th, eight boats each finish in 17th place overall
Notre Dame four boat qualifies for fourth straight petite final, both eights in C final
Notre Dame's first varsity four reaches top semifinal on first day of the NCAA Championship
Notre Dame's College of Arts & Letters
AS A JUNIOR: 2015 CRCA National Scholar-Athlete choice … all-ACC Rowing Academic Team choice ... coxswain for the first and second varsity eights during junior season … coxed the first varsity eight to two runner-up heats and the second varsity eight to an additional second place time to open the spring slate at the Oak Ridge Cardinal Invitational … following a second place finish (6:29.48) behind No. 1 Ohio State, the first varsity eight downed No. RV Michigan State in 6:37.36 during the afternoon session of the Big Ten/ACC Double Dual … Notre Dame first eight logged three runner-up finishes against ranked opposition in the three-session Lake Natoma Invitational … coxswain for the second varsity eight in a third place grand final finish (6:36.60) at the ACC Championship … second varsity eight placed 17th overall at the NCAA Championship following a 7:02.703 C final time on Lake Natoma.
AS A SOPHOMORE: 2014 CRCA National- Scholar Athlete ... primarily coxed in the second varsity eight during sophomore campaign ... opened up the fall season with a seventh place finish (19:22.544) as the coxswain of the Notre Dame entry in the women's championship four at the Head of the Charles Regatta ... won two out of three races at the Oak Ridge Cardinal Invitational to begin the spring season ... earned three runner-up finishes at the Lake Natoma Invitational ... the second eight finished as the runner-up in both races at the ACC/Big Ten Challenge with times of 6:48.27 behind eventual NCAA team champion Ohio State and 6:40.04 against Michigan ... had three wins at the Dale England Cup over Indiana, Alabama, and Rhode Island to lead Notre Dame to a second straight team victory at the regatta ... won heat two at the ACC Championship in a 6:50.00 sprint before finishing third behind Virginia and Syracuse with a time of 6:44.70 in the regatta's grand final ... after a third place finish in the preliminaries at the NCAA Championship, took the top spot in the second varsity eight repechage, heat two in 6:36.45 ... ended the season with a third place finish in the petite eight final in 7:06.847, giving the Irish second eight a ninth place overall result.
AS A FRESHMAN: Coxed for the first novice eight boat ... crew finished in second place in first race of the Oak Ridge Cardinal Invitational with a time of 7:21.974 ... finished third in second race behind two teams from defending NCAA champion Virginia with a time of 7:16.70 ... won last two races of the weekend ... won both races at Michigan State, taking first in the A-team boat of the first novice eight boat at a clip of 7:26.00, before crossing ahead of host Michigan State in 7:44.90 ... finished second in both races at the Ohio State Invitational to Michigan ... won first two races before taking second against host Indiana at Dale England Cup while calling for the A-team boat of the first novice eight ... beat twin sister, Tina, who was coxing the B-team boat in the third race, with a mark of 8:09.8 ... won grand final race in the third varsity eight boat at the BIG EAST Championship at a pace of 7:18.864.
PREP AND PERSONAL: was a member of the rowing team at Branksome Hall in Toronto, Ontario ... as a senior, won a gold medal at the Welland invitational regatta ... Branksome ranked second overall in point totals at national competition during her senior year ... as a junior, won one silver and one gold medal ... as a sophomore won both a gold, silver and bronze medal ... as a freshman won the silver at the Canadian Secondary School Rowing Association regatta ... won an additional two silvers and a bronze medal at other regattas during her freshman campaign ... played club softball and soccer as well ... daughter of Frank and Maria Techar ... father Frank played hockey at Princeton ... has a twin sister, Kristina, who also rows for Notre Dame ... born in Houston, Texas ... enrolled in the College of Arts and Letters as as an international economics-romance languages major.