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    Alyssa Close  
    Alyssa Close

    Class:
    Senior

    Hometown:
    South Dennis, MA

    High School:
    Tabor Academy

    Height:
    5-11

    Birthdate:
    10/04/1984

    Squad:
    Varsity


    AS A SENIOR: Did not compete for the Irish in the spring ... finished seventh out of 24 boats at the Head of the Rock with the varsity eight "B" boat.

    AS A JUNIOR: Rowed with Notre Dame varsity four "A" boat that captured win at Lubbers Cup ... also member of second varsity eight boat that captured win at Lubbers Cup ... sat in second varsity four boat that won Grand Finals at BIG EAST Championships with a time of 7:46.92 ... member of open four boat that finished fifth at Central/South Region Championships in 7:53.93 ... at the season-opening regatta, she was a member of the piece one crew that finished in a time of 10:01.00, good enough for fourth place...finished fifth in the piece two race coming in at 9:42.00 ... sat in the two seat in the piece three race and captured a third-place finish ... competed in the open eight at the Head of the Rock and finished with a time of 16:34.14 to collect a sixth-place finish ... in the open eight at the Notre Dame Invitational her boat finished fifth in a time of 14:23.8 ... captured a victory in the open eight-b at the Head of the Elk (14:45.41), sat in the two seat.

    AS A SOPHOMORE: Earned her first monogram with the Irish...rowed with the second varsity eight during the 2004-2005 season ... ended the season with a sixth place finish in the Central/South Region Sprints Grand finals ... crowned BIG EAST Champion with a time of 8:23.11 ... finished second against Yale and Harvard ... earned a first place finish over Louisville and Indiana ... defeated Cincinnati ... topped Purdue in a time of 7:14.0 ... placed third in the JV Petite Final at the San Diego Crew Classic. Sat in the six seat for the fall season ... finished 18th in the open eight with a time of 16:47.56 at the Head of the Rock ... competed in the open eight-b race at the Head of the Elk, where her boat collected a fifth-place showing in a time of 15:49.7 ... placed fifth in the pairs race at the Head of the Elk, racing with Specht.

    AS A FRESHMAN: Rowed as member of the first and second varsity four and novice eight in her first season for the Irish ... earned runner-up honors against Michigan State in all three sessions, as well as versus Duke ... finished in third place against Michigan, Clemson, Eastern Michigan and Michigan State in the second varsity four ... placed third behind Michigan State and another Notre Dame team in the second varsity four event at the Indiana Crew Classic ... placed second against Boston University and Northeastern in the novice eight ... came in third in the novice eight grand final behind Georgetown and Miami with a time of 7:26.81 at the BIG EAST Rowing Challenge ... earned sixth-place honors in the grand finals of the Central Sprints ... in the fall, was a member of the third varsity eight in her first collegiate race at the Head of the Rock ... placed 12th in 17:28.30 ... also rowed as a member of the novice four at the Head of Rock, which won first ... finished third at the Head of the Eagle in the first varsity eight race.

    PREP AND PERSONAL: Rowed at Tabor Academy ... a member of the first boat the last three years ... served as co-captain senior year ... rowed at the prestigious Head of the Charles as a junior and senior ... also competed at the Henley Women's Regatta in 2001 ... won the petite finals at the NEIRA Championships in 2002 with the fifth-fastest time ... advanced to the grand finals of the NEIRAs in 2003 ... also ran cross country and played basketball in high school ... won the Hoyle Bowl Award for contributions to the rowing team as a senior ... most improved athlete in cross country as a senior ... attended same high school as current Irish basketball player Torin Francis and teammate Brittany Burnham ... one of two children for Michael and Rosemary Close ... born Oct. 4, 1984, in Hyannis, Mass. ... enrolled in the College of Arts and Letters, majoring in psychology.

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