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    Melissa Felker  
    Melissa Felker

    Class:
    Senior

    Hometown:
    Bellevue, WA

    High School:
    Sammamish

    Height:
    5-9

    Birthdate:
    11/02/1983

    Squad:
    Varsity


    IN THE FALL: Sat in the one seat for the season opener...in the piece one race finished in a time of 10:01.00, good enough for fourth place...collected a fifth-place showing in the piece two competition...finished the day racing to a third place finish clocking in at 10:07.00 at the Regatta...impressive third-place finish out of 25 entries in the open eight at the Head of the Rock...rowed with the fifth place open eight crew at the Notre Dame Invitational...captured a victory at the Head of the Elk on the open eight-b crew that finished in a time of 14:45.41, almost 23 seconds ahead of the next team.

    AS A JUNIOR: Earned her third monogram with the Irish...member of the varsity eight crew during 2004-2005 ... BIG EAST Academic All-Star ... finished the season with a third place finish in the Petite Finals of the Central/South Region Sprints, only 3.50 seconds behind the winner, Minnesota ... bow seat in second place finish at the BIG EAST Championships ... defeated Cincinnati ... defeated Indiana and Purdue in a time of 6:56.8 ... second place versus Louisville and Indiana ... came in third against Harvard and Yale ... took second in the Jessop-Whittier Cup Petite Final of the San Diego Crew Classic ... third versus Tennessee and Michigan State. Member of the open eight crew that placed sixth (16:15.02) at the fall season-opening Head of the Rock races ... claimed third in the open four-a at the Head of the Elk with a time of 16:56.3 ... fifth in the open eight-a race at the Head of the Elk in a time of 15:30.5.

    AS A SOPHOMORE: Earned her second monogram with the Irish for the 2003-2004 season ... rowed in the five seat for the first varsity eight for the spring season ... one of two sophomores on the varsity eight crew... helped team earn Notre Dame's second birth to the NCAA Championships ... finished 11th overall following a third-place finish in preliminary heat and fifth place finish in the semifinals ... member of the BIG EAST Rowing Challenge championship crew in the varsity eight ... placed second, third and second in three sessions at the season opener versus Tennessee and Michigan State ... runner-up in the first varsity eight to Duke and to Michigan ... finished seventh in the Jessop-Whittier Cup Grand Finals of the San Diego Crew Classic ... came in runner-up to Michigan State at the Indiana Crew Classic ... earned first place honors against Boston University and Northeastern ... placed second in the Grand Finals of the Central Sprints in the first varsity eight ... rowed as part of the first varsity eight sitting in the fourth seat for the fall season ... crew placed fourth at the Head of the Rock and 29th at the Head of the Charles.

    AS A FRESHMAN: Made an immediate impact on the Irish roster as a true freshman, earning her first monogram ... was a member of the second varsity eight for the spring season, sitting in the bow seat ... placed sixth in the grand finals at the Central Regions in 6:42.50 ... participated in the prestigious Erickson Memorial Cascade Cup race in Seattle, finishing fourth behind nationally-ranked Washington, Washington State and Oregon State ... won a gold medal in the second varsity eight at the BIG EAST Rowing Challenge, outdistancing Syracuse by over eight seconds ... was one of three crews to claim a gold medal at the BIG EAST regatta, helping the Irish to a second-place overall finish ... also recorded victories against Dayton, nationally-ranked Iowa, Purdue, Indiana, Michigan and Clemson ... was in the six seat for the third varsity eight at home versus Kansas, placing third against the Jayhawks in a 1-2-3 Irish sweep ... sat in the bow seat of the second varsity eight at the Head of the Rock ... finished third at the Head of the Rock ... also sat bow seat of the first varsity four at the Head of the Rock, placing third ... was a member of the varsity four which won at the Head of the Ohio, marking her first gold medal performance as a collegiate rower.

    PREP AND PERSONAL: Earned two letters at Sammamish (one in rowing and one in volleyball) ... in her senior rowing season, finished second at regionals and went to nationals ... held a national ranking her senior season in rowing ... a member of Bellevue Eastside Orchestra, the National Honor Society, and Explorers of the Fire Department ... one of two children ... parents are Ruth and Forest Felker ... born Nov. 2, 1983, in Kentucky ... enrolled in the Mendoza College of Business, majoring in marketing and psychology.

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