Notre Dame's second place finish bolsters its NCAA Championship resume
AS A JUNIOR: Rowed with the Notre Dame first championship eight at the 50th Head of the Charles Regatta, placing 16th with a time of 17:18.707 … raced with the first and second varsity eights during Notre Dame’s spring season … Irish first varsity eight crossed the finish line in 5:56.767 for a heat win in the afternoon session of the first day of the Oak Ridge Cardinal Invitational … first varsity eight logged a race victory during the final heat of the Big Ten/ACC Double Dual against No. RV Michigan State (6:27.36) … recorded three runner-up finishes at the Lake Natoma Invitational, which included a top time of 6:44.00 against San Diego and Gonzaga … shifted to the second varsity eight and placed third in the grand final (6:36.60) of the 2015 ACC Championship … member of the second varsity eight crew that finished 17th with a C final time of 7:02.703 at the NCAA Championship.
AS A SOPHOMORE: Competed with the first varsity eight and second varsity eight boats during sophomore season with the Irish ... opened the fall season in the women's championship four boat at the Head of the Charles regatta with a seventh place finish (19:22.544) ... notched first win of the season at the Oak Ridge Invitational with the first varsity eight, defeating Louisville (6:31.700) in the Saturday morning session ... in the Sunday session, helped row the varsity eight boat to a victory over Duke (6:40.500) ... earned a runner-up finish at the Lake Natoma Invitational, finishing behind Southern California (6:30.30) in the Saturday morning session ... collected two more runner-up finishes at the Lake Natoma Invite to close out the weekend ... finished second place behind Ohio State in the varsity eight's opening race at the ACC/Big Ten Challenge ... moved to the second varsity eight crew and pulled in ahead of Indiana and Alabama in the first two races of the Dale England Cup ... closed the weekend with a win over Rhode Island, pulling in with a 6:37.80 clip to help Notre Dame to its second straight Dale England Cup team championship ... the second eight finished first in the second preliminary heat at the ACC Championship with a 6:50.00 readout ... came in third place in the ACC grand final race with a time of 6:44.70 ... rowed to a third place finish (6:39.603) in the preliminary heat of the NCAA Championship ... claimed the top spot in the repechage heat two with a 6:36.450 finish ... finished the season with a third place finish in the petite final, crossing the finish line in 7:06.847 to give the Irish second varsity eight a ninth place result overall at the NCAA Championship.
AS A FRESHMAN: Raced for the Irish in the first varsity four boat ... at the Oak Ridge Cardinal Invitational, finished the course in 7:53.90, good enough for first place in the opening race ... in second race, fell to defending NCAA champion Virginia ... crossed in first for the second time of the weekend with a 7:43.20 mark ... won both races at Michigan State, leading the first varsity four boat being named BIG EAST Boat of the Week (April 3) ... came in second to Michigan and Ohio State in separate races at the Ohio State Invitational ... moved into the second varsity four boat and finished second behind California with a mark of 7:43.40 at the Lake Natoma Invitational ... pulled into third in the second race at a 7:39.10 clip ... started out in the A-team of the second varsity four race in the fifth annual Dale England Cup and finished first with a time of 7:44.2 ... moved over to the first varsity four B-team boat and finished second with a mark of 7:53.7 ... moved back to the A-team and finished first in a time of 8:59.3 ... finished second in the second varsity four boat at the BIG EAST Championship, setting a pace of 7:58.314.
PREP AND PERSONAL: Standout rower at Olympia High School ... member of four straight Southeast Regional and two Florida State Championship crews with the varsity eight ... finished in ninth place at the Youth National Championships as a senior ... rowed with the Orlando Area Rowing Society club team (OARS) ... member of both the National Honor Society and the Science National Honor Society ... also participated in Mu Alpha Theta, a national high school and two-year college mathematics honors society ... was a Knight of the Altar at Saint James Cathedral ... worked as a kennel technician at an animal clinic in Windermere, Fla. ... daughter of Richard and Lisa Kelley ... has three sisters, Morgan, Mary Catherine and Bridget ... sister, Morgan, also attended Notre Dame and participated on the rowing team ... cousin Phillip Babb also attends the University ... enrolled in the Mendoza College of Business, majoring in information technology management.