Women's Rowing


AS A SENIOR: Rowed with the second varsity eight boat for the Irish in the spring season ... earned BIG EAST Crew of the Week honors (April 8) for the boat's efforts at the San Diego Crew Classic ... was the recipient of the 2009 Top Gun Award and was named as the Notre Dame Club of St. Joseph Valley Rockne Student-Athlete Award winner ... helped guide boat to a second-place finish at Michigan State, stopping the clock at 7:32.03 ... rowed to a race victory the following day against Indiana and Purdue in a time of 5:46.60 ... competed in the San Diego Crew Classic, finishing second in the qualifying heat (7:06.49) and earning a spot in the grand final ... placed fifth in the grand final with a time of 7:09.47 ... helped her boat to a third-place finish (6:41.14) against Brown and Ohio State in the morning session ... finished in second place (6:36.78) in the afternoon session, defeating Minnesota and falling to Brown ... went on to earn two race victories at the BIG EAST Championships ... captured the preliminary heat victory with a final time of 7:24.704 ... later won the gold medal in the grand final, stopping the clock at 6:42.547 ... helped her boat earn a spot in the petite finals at the South/Central Sprints after finishing the prelim in second place (6:37.83) and the semifinal heat in fourth place (6:37.83) ... went on to win the petite final, holding off second place Iowa, with a final time of 6:27.10 ... rowed in the varsity eight "B" boat in the Head of the Rock Regatta and helped propel the Irish to a sixth-place finish in the heat, recording a time of 16:41.60 ... the finish was the second best for the Irish in the heat ... was honored as National Scholar Athlete by Collegiate Rowing Coaches Association (CRCA) ... named to the BIG EAST Academic All-Star Team along with receiving her third consecutive monogram with the Irish.

AS A JUNIOR: Key member of second varsity eight crew ... a member of the varsity eight blue that placed first twice and finished second against Northeastern ... rowed to victories over Stanford (7:13.26) and UCLA (7:29.9) at the Pac-10 Challenge with the second varsity eight ... raced to second-place finish and a first place finish in the second varsity eight versus Michigan State ... helped lead the second varsity eight to a first place finish at the Indiana Invite crossing the finish line at 6:32.5 ... rowed to two first place finished and one second place finish at the Charles River Challenge ... raced in the BIG EAST Championship to a first-place finish in the second varsity eight with a time of 6:51.80 ... her second varsity eight crew finished third in the Grand Final at the Central/South Region Championship (6:43.20) ... helped the Irish finish sixth in the varsity eight division at Head of the Rock with a time of 16:00.56 ... in the Cal-Sag Regatta she helped row the Irish to a 14th place finish ... later that same crew finished third in the varsity eight final D with a time of 7:03.069 ... named a National Scholar Athlete by the Collegiate Rowing Coaches Association (CRCA) ... selected to the BIG EAST Academic All-Star Team ... earned second monogram with the program.

AS A SOPHOMORE: Spent much of season with the Irish's top varsity four boat ... appeared with varsity four boat at the NCAA Championships, reaching the Petite Final and earning an 11th-place finish ... helped varsity four boat reach the Grand Final at the Central/South Region Championship ... led varsity four boat to a first-place finish at the BIG EAST Championships (7:32.43), helping the Irish to their fourth straight team title ... sat in first varsity four boat for a third-place finish in race with Virginia "A" and "B" and Princeton ... competed in three races at the Lubbers Cup, placing second with the first varsity eight crew (8:07.56), second with the second varsity "B" crew (8:16.49), and third with the second varsity four "B" crew (9:28.08) ... second varsity four crew placed third behind Michigan State "A" and Michigan while beating Michigan State "B" with a time of 8:22.16 ... sat with the varsity four "B" boat against the Irish's "A" boat and Cincinnati, placing second ... earned first monogram.

AS A FRESHMAN: Rowed in top novice eight boat throughout the spring ... her boat finished second in all three races to Minnesota in opening-season regatta ... helped her crew to win in novice eight "A" race at Lubbers Cup with a time of 7:37.28 ... was a member of third varsity four "B" boat in the same event that finished with a time of 8:12.12 ... her novice eight boat won the Petite Final at the San Diego Crew Classic with a time of 7:17.90 ... finished second in Grand Finals at BIG EAST Championships in Grand Finals, posting a time of 6:58.92 ... victorious in Petite Finals of Central/South Region Championships with a winning time of 7:24.42 a ninth-place finish at the Head of the Rock in the novice eight with a time of 20:32.01 ... placed 23rd in the open eight race where she sat in the number two seat...novice eight boat took sixth at the Notre Dame Invitational ... part of the fifth place novice eight-b boat that finished in a time of 18:14.43 at the Head of the Elk.

PREP AND PERSONAL: Earned four letters in swimming during her scholastic career ... United States Swimming state qualifier in the 100 and 200 back in both short and long course ... member of National Honor Society, Spanish Honor Society, Beta Club, Community Outreach and Fellowship of Christian Athletes while in high school ... joins high school classmate Megan Grebe on the Irish rowing roster ... daughter of John and Ellen Copeland ... born on June 18, 1987, in Marietta, Ga. ... earned Dean's List recognition in the fall semester ... enrolled as a political science major in the College of Arts and Letters.

Erica Copeland
Erica  Copeland


Marietta, GA

High School:
George Walton



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