Women's Rowing



2011-12 Notre Dame Rowing: A Season in Photos

Images of the Fighting Irish en route to another BIG EAST championship and NCAA berth.


Notre Dame Rowing Practice

The Irish practicing on the River.


The Irish on the River

The Notre Dame Women's Rowing team at practice on the river.


Irish Rowing Practice

Photos of the Irish practicing on the river

AS A SENIOR: Started the season rowing for multiple boats for the Irish ... earned first monogram ... helped the third varsity four boat to the victory (7:32.40) at the Oak Ridge Cardinal Invite against Kansas and Buffalo ... also placed second against Virginia as a member of the third varsity four on March 17, crossing in 7:43.02, before earning a heat victory on March 18 against Kansas in a time of 7:32.40 ... finished third in the third var- sity eight match against Ohio State (7:24.46), but would come back to finish first with the same boat the next day against Purdue with a time of 7:02.88 ... claimed a pair of first place finishes with the third varsity eight boat at the Virginia Invite, stopping the clock in 7:04.00 to defeat Clemson and Northeastern and 7:04.80 to hold off San Diego and Penn ... in third race of Virginia Invite, finished second to Virginia with a time of 6:58.80 ... also helped third varsity eight crew secure a first place finish (7:10.90) over the field in the BIG EAST Invite after winning the preliminary race against Iowa and Rutgers in 7:14.00 ... raced in the third var- sity eight boat for the Irish in the BIG EAST Championship, helping the team to a first place finish with a time of 7:04.391 ... earned a spot in the final after claiming the prelim victory with a mark of 6:55.967.

AS A JUNIOR: Competed in multiple boats throughout the spring season for the Irish ... competed in two events against Buffalo ... came in third place (7:08.08) behind Buffalo and another Notre Dame boat in the varsity four race ... followed the varsity four performance with a win (6:28.9) in the third varsity eight - lightweight race to finish the day ... competed in two more events in Indianapolis ... was part of the victorious second varsity eight team that crossed the line at 7:24.0 and nudged out Purdue and Eastern Michigan ... completed a double dip of wins later in the day when her second varsity four crossed the line ahead ofIndiana and a second Notre Dame team at 7:37.4 ... participated with the third varsity eight boat at the BIG EAST Championship ... qualified for the BIG EAST Championship grand finals by placing first in preliminaries with a time of 7:22.21 ... went on to win the BIG EAST Championship final by stopping the clocks at 7:03.24 ... placed fourth (7:51.68) at the Oak Ridge Regional Grand Final in the open four race behind Virginia "A," Clemson, and Virginia "B" ... qualified for the grand finals by placing second in heat A behind Virginia "A" ... teamed up with Megan Keegan in the varsity pair race at the Head of the Rock Regatta (19:47.33) ... member of the varsity eight Notre Dame "B" boat that took ninth place, clocking in at 16:39.58 ... guided team with a time of 14:49.8 vs. Tulsa for a fifth-place finish.

AS A SOPHOMORE: Raced with the sec- ond varsity eight boat to start the spring season before moving to the varsity four boat ... opened with two heat victories over Buffalo and Duke after posting times of 5:14.5 and 5:18.3, respectively ... returned to the water two weeks later, finishing in third place against Michigan and Michigan State after recording a mark of 6:54.9 ... the next day, captured a heat victory against the likes of Buffalo, Indiana, Purdue and Eastern Michigan, stopping the clock at 7:20.7 ... against USC and UCLA, rowed with the varsity four boat and earned a pair of second-place finishes ... in the morning session against USC, stopped the clock at 7:56.90 and in the afternoon against UCLA, completed the course in a time of 8:53.03 ... captured the prelim victory at the BIG EAST Championships with the varsity four after posting a 7:56.782 ... went on to win grand final gold with a race-winning time of 8:08.885 ... earned a berth in the petite final at the Central/South Sprints, finishing in third place after posting a time of 7:35.33 ... began fall at the Head of the Rock by helping row the varsity eight "2" boat to a ninth-place finish in the 23 boat race, finishing in a time of 16:08.61 ... also rowed in the varsity four "4" boat at the Head of the Rock, completing the course in 17:49.50 to finish in 11th place ... sat in the varsity four "B" boat against Indiana and Iowa on the St. Joseph River in South Bend, finish- ing tenth in 15:34.70 ... helped row the varsity eight "B" boat to a time of 13:20.8 and a third-place finish in their flight against Indiana, Iowa and Michigan State on the St. Joseph River ... named to the BIG EAST All- Academic Team.

AS A FRESHMAN: Began spring season rowing as a member of the first novice eight boat against Michigan State in Lansing, Mich. ... helped her crew complete the course in a time of 8:06.59 and earn a second-place fin- ish to the host Spartans ... the following day helped first novice eight boat earn a race victory over Indiana and Purdue, posting a winning time of 6:15.40 ... opened up the regatta at Ohio State in the morning session by helping her boat cross the finish line at 6:59.13, earning the second-place result ... sat with the same crew in the afternoon ses- sion, knocking nearly six seconds off of the morning time and earning the race victory over the Minnesota with a time of 6:53.80 ... helped the novice eight finish in 7:24.704 at the BIG EAST Championships, which earned the boat the fastest time in the quali- fying heat ... later rowed in the Grand Final and earned a second-place finish with a final time of 7:08.309, falling to only Syracuse (7:01.713) ... helped guide the novice eight boat to a fifth place finish at the South/ Central Sprints with a time of 6:42.80 after finishing fourth in the preliminary heat (6:52.11) and sixth in the semifinals (6:43.60) ... made an immediate impact for the Irish, rowing as a member of the Notre Dame "D" boat at the Head of the Rock in the varsity eight race, helping the crew earn a 17th-place finish with a race time of 18:15.00 ... was a member of the winning crew in the novice eight race at the Head of the Rock, the Notre Dame "A" boat, stopping the clock in a time of 17:29.50 ... competed in the varsity eight race at the Southland Regatta as a member of the Notre Dame "D" boat, finish- ing the event in a time of 18:27.46.

PREP AND PERSONAL: Competed for both the rowing and field hockey teams while attending Holy Cross High School ... was selected as team captain of the rowing team in her senior year ... competed with the US Rowing Club in both 2006 and 2008, earning a gold in the 2006 US Club Nationals Junior B 8+ and a bronze in the Junior B Quad ... later earned her second gold while com- peting in the `08 US Club Nationals Junior Quad A ... participated in National Honor Society and mock trial, as well as being a part of the Edward Bloustine Distinguished Scholars Program ... born in Mount Holly, N.J. ... daughter of William and Patricia Brencher ... has two sisters, Alison and Michelle ... graduated from the Mendoza College of Business with a dual degree in finance and math.

Valerie Brencher
Valerie  Brencher


Lumberton, NJ

High School:
Holy Cross


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