Irish Claim Five Grand Final Titles To Earn 10th Consecutive BIG EAST Championship

Seven Notre Dame rowers earned all-BIG EAST accolades, Irish coaches named coaching staff of the year


Irish Look For 10th Straight BIG EAST Title Sunday

Notre Dame has never finished outside the top two teams at the conference races


Irish Roll On Final Day Of Oak Ridge/Cardinal Invitational

Notre Dame wins a total of nine races during spring break training trip

AS A SENIOR: Raced primarily with the second varsity four and first novice eight boats... earned two runner-up finishes as a member of the second varsity four and first novice eight boats at the Oak Ridge Cardinal Invitational.

AS A JUNIOR: Raced primarily with the third varsity four boat, briefly stepping into the B-team second varsity eight boat at the Oak Ridge Cardinal Invitational ... in the varsity four boat at Oak Ridge, placed second behind Kansas with a time of 8:09.60 before falling to defending NCAA champion Virginia in the second race with an 8:12.18 clip ... as a member of the B-team second varsity eight boat, finished fourth with a mark of 7:21.61 ... third varsity four boat at Michigan State finished second in both races, first with a time of 8:14.60 and next with an 8:28.50 interval ... came in fourth in both races at the Ohio State Invitational ... competed with the second varsity four boat at the fifth annual Dale England Cup ... came in second in first race behind the Notre Dame A-team, beating Alabama by almost 20 seconds with a time of 8:05.6 ... in the second race, beat Irish A-team boat by seven seconds exactly, racing in behind Iowa at 8:21.4 ... in the final race of the weekend, switched to the first novice eight boat and finished third ... in her final race of the season was a member of the grand final third varsity four boat at the BIG EAST Championship, racing ahead of Louisville at an 8:20.902 mark.

AS A sophomore: Studied abroad during her sophomore year and was not a member of the team.

AS A FRESHMAN: Recorded her first career first-place finish vs. Buffalo in the third varsity eight race, clocking in at 6:39.7 ... concluded her spring season by helping her novice eight boat finish second behind Indiana after clocking in at 7:39.6 ... helped guide the women's novice eight "B" boat at the Head of the Rock Regatta to a 10th-place finish (20:27.16) ... finished seventh with the Notre Dame "5" boat vs. Tulsa in the varsity eight head race, stopping the clock at 16:02.4.

PREP AND PERSONAL: Swam four years for coach Kendra Kelly at St. Mary's Academy ... named team captain her senior season ... four-year Academic All-State selection ... High School League Champions in 2007 ... member of the National Honor Society, National Art Honors Society and French Honor Society ... daughter of Diane (`81) and Edward (`81) Bliesnzer ... enrolled in the College of Arts and Letters, double majoring in English and French.

Anne Blieszner
Anne  Blieszner


Denver, CO

High School:
St. Mary's Academy


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