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
Rower Anna Kottkamp and fencer Lee Keifer lead contingent as first-team At-Large honorees.
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
AS A SENIOR: Represented the University of Notre Dame Class of 2015 as valedictorian – believed to be the first student-athlete in Notre Dame history to be named valedictorian of a graduating class … 2015 Capital One Academic All-America® Division I Women's At-Large first team selection, just the third rower in program history to be chosen as an Academic All-American … became the first Notre Dame student-athlete to repeat as an NCAA Elite 89 Award winner as the top Division I scholar-athlete at the NCAA Championship with a perfect 4.00 grade point average … CRCA Region 3 second team all-region choice … tabbed as a CRCA National Scholar-Athlete … repeat winner of the ACC Rowing Scholar-Athlete of the Year award ... 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: 2014 NCAA Elite 89 Award winner - presented to the student-athlete with the highest cumulative grade point average at each of the NCAA's 89 championship events ... just the fourth Notre Dame student-athlete to win the Elite 89 Award, joining Michael Shipp (men's soccer, 2013), Tyler Brenneman (men's lacrosse, 2012) and Colleen Rielley (women's tennis, 2010) ... CRCA National Scholar-Athlete ... 2014 ACC Scholar-Athlete of the Year ... rowed with the first varsity eight boat during junior season with the Irish ... made fall season debut at the Head of the Charles Regatta, placing sixth with a time of 16:58.595 in the women's championship eight event ... won first race of the Oak Ridge Cardinal Invitational over former BIG EAST foes Louisville and West Virginia with a time of 6:31.700 before pulling in behind Virginia in 6:29.644 later in the event ... finished the invite with a win over ACC member Duke in 6:40.500 ... fell to Southern California in the Lake Natoma Invitational opening race with a time of 6:30.30, before finishing behind California and Stanford in the final two races ... finished behind eventual NCAA champion Ohio State and Michigan in two races at the ACC/ Big Ten Challenge ... stroked to victory over in-state rival Indiana and Alabama at the Dale England Cup with times of 6:17.90 and 6:26.60 - the 6:17.90 readout was the fastest time of the year by any ACC boat during sanctioned racing ... completed the sweep on Saturday with a victory over Rhode Island in 6:20.00 ... earned ACC Crew of the Week honors on April 29, the first weekly ACC award claimed by a Notre Dame boat in program history ... won the second heat at the ACC Championship over Syracuse with a time of 6:47.60 before finishing as runner-up to Virginia in the grand final race with a 6:28.80 clip ... rowed into third place in the preliminary heat at the NCAA Championship with a time of 6:29.737 before winning the repechage heat with a 6:28.873 mark ... finished fifth in the A/B semifinal two with a time of 6:42.132, before placing third in the petite final (ninth overall) in 6:57.515.
AS A FRESHMAN: Served as a mainstay for the second varsity eight boat for the Irish on the season ... earned first monogram ... named BIG EAST Crew of the Week (March 29) ... rattled off three wins in a row at the Oak Ridge Cardinal Invite to start the season, beating Alabama (6:43.60), Kansas and Minnesota (6:33.00), and putting up a 6:29.60 time in the win over Tennessee ... competed against Ohio State in Columbus, placing second with a time of 6:44.25 ... helped the team emerge victorious over Indiana, Louisville, and Purdue (6:34.66) the following day in Indianapolis... won two out of three at the Virginia Invite, capped off by a 6:27.60, one second victory over Clemson in the first race ... also beat Penn (6:50.20) after placing second against Virginia (6:48.80) ... competed with the second varsity eight boat at the Stanford Women's Invitational, placing second against Southern California (6:40.10), and beating Stanford later in the day (6:37.80) ... went on to win the second varsity eight grand final at the BIG EAST Invite, posting a time of 6:47.40, after qualifying with a time of 6:40.10 ... won the BIG EAST Championship qualifier by nine seconds over Louisville (6:30.830)... took home the BIG EAST Championship second varsity eight grand final with a 6:40.703 win over rivals Syracuse, Louisville and Connecticut ... rowed for the second varsity eight boat at the NCAA Championships ... placed fifth in the qualifier with a time of 7:00.60 ... moved on to the repechage heat, posting a time of 7:01.08 in a fourth place finish, putting them in the third final ... claimed victory in the third final race, beating second place Cornell by 1.9 seconds in a 6:47.00 time to finish 13th overall in the 16-boat race.
PREP AND PERSONAL: Swam for the high school team her sophomore year while at Wenatchee High School ... played in her high school's orchestra ... received Wenatchee High School Academic Excellence Award ... earned a National Guild High School Diploma (piano) ... received a varsity letter in community service ... born in Wenatchee, Wash. ... daughter of Andy and Tamara Kottkamp ... father graduated from Notre Dame in 1983 ... has two siblings- Katie and John ... graduated as the valedictorian of the Class of 2015 with a degree in environmental science from the College of Science.