AS A SENIOR: Rowed with the Irish second varsity eight boat during the spring season ... won a pair of heats against Duke and Buffalo to kick off the schedule, winning the first in a time of 5:14.5 before taking the second with a mark of 5:18.3 ... finished third against Michigan and Michigan State two weeks later, stopping the clock at 6:54.9 ... the following day, defeated Indiana, Buffalo, Purdue and Eastern Michigan after posting a time of 7:20.7 ... recorded a pair of second-place results against USC and UCLA, finishing the morning race against the Trojans in 7:11.83 and the afternoon run against the Bruins in 7:53.21 ... earned two race victories at the BIG EAST Championships, winning the preliminary heat in a time of 7:05.373 before going on to win grand final gold after posting a time of 7:21.397 ... qualified for a spot in the petite finals at the Central/South Sprints, finishing fifth in the race with a final time of 7:08.19 ... helped the top finishing collegiate eight boat pull in a fifth-place finish with a 15:48.08 time at the Head of the Rock regatta ... rowed in the collegiate four race to a seventh-place finish with a 17:26.86 time ... against Indiana and Iowa, rowed in the Notre Dame varsity four "D" boat to gain a third-place, 14:43.0 finish ... added a fourth-place finish in a time of 13:20.8 for the Notre Dame "B" varsity eight boat in the flight 1 race against Indiana, Iowa, and Michigan State ... named to BIG EAST All-Academic Team.
AS A JUNIOR: Was a member of the varsity four boat for the Irish on the spring season ... finished second to Michigan State in the opening event in a time of 8:29.18 ... the following day defeated Indiana and Purdue in a five-boat race with a winning time of 6:49.80 ... earned a pair of third-place finishes at the four-team regatta at Ohio State ... crossed the finish line after Brown and Ohio State with a final time of 7:24.10 in the morning session ... followed that up by crossing the finish line at 7:25.07, behind Brown and Minnesota in the afternoon session ... helped the crew capture the gold medal at the BIG EAST Championships in 7:36.622, after qualifying for the race with the best time in its heat at 7:53.814 ... at the South/Central Sprints, earned a spot in the petite finals with finishes of second place (6:37.83) in the preliminary heat and fourth place (6:16.00) in the semifinal race...captured the petite final victory by crossing the finish line in a time of 6:27.10 ... at the Head of the Rock Regatta, participated with the varsity eight "A" boat and helped her crew to the best time of the heat for the Irish, registering a time of 16:41.60 ... the finish was good for fifth in the heat ... sat with the Notre Dame "C" boat at the Southland Regatta and helped the crew to a finishing time of 17:46.69, qualifying them for the "E" final, in the final, the crew completed the race in a time of 7:32.50 ... member of the BIG EAST Academic All-Star Team ... received first monogram with the Irish.
AS A SOPHOMORE: Rowed in the varsity eight boat at the Lubbers Cup and placed first with a time of 6:55.40 ... helped team to a first and second place finish versus Michigan State in the third varsity four ... member of the second varsity four boat that finished second (7:37.5) at the Indiana Invite ... member of open four crew that finished fourth in the Grand Final at Central/South Region Championship with a time of 7:39.70 ... a member of the varsity eight crew which placed eighth at the Head of the Rock in a time of 16:15.53 ... rowed with the varsity eight crew which placed 18th at the Cal-Sag Regatta ... also rowed in the varsity eight final E and placed third.
AS A FRESHMAN: Part of Notre Dame's successful novice eight "A" boat during spring ... rowed with novice eight boat which made the Grand Finals at the Central/South Region Championships and finished ... placed second at the BIG EAST Championships, behind first-place Syracuse with a time of 6:58.14 ... her novice eight "A" boat won seven straight races to open the spring, posting three victories over Tennessee and Minnesota, a win over Alabama and Cincinnati, a win over Michigan and Michigan State, a victory of California, and a win at the Windemere Classic over UCLA ... lost first race of the season to Virginia despite posting a time of 6:56.7 ... rowed with novice eight "A" boat that finished fourth at the Head of the Rock.
PREP AND PERSONAL: Earned five letters - one in basketball and four in softball ... played first base ... garnered MVP honors in her junior and senior seasons ... led Patoka Lake Athletic Conference with eight triples ... also owned top batting average in conference during her junior (.424) and senior seasons (.508) ... her softball team finished 9th in the 2003 National Softball Tournament and placed first in 2004 at the Indiana State Softball All-Stars Tournament...served as president of Student Body, Senior Class, and National Honor Society and worked as the Yearbook Editor-In-Chief...daughter of Marty and LouAnn Backer...born November 18, 1987 in Evansville, Ind. ... graduated from the Mendoza College of Business as a double major in marketing and political science.