AS A SOPHOMORE: First-year member of Irish program ... rowed with Notre Dame's top novice eight boat during her first year ... reached the Grand Finals at the Central/South Region Championship in the novice eight boat ... rowed in novice eight boat at BIG EAST Championships, winning a preliminary heat (6:56.67) and finishing second in the finals to Syracuse (6:58.14) ... sat in the novice eight boat against Virginia and George Washington (6:56.7) ... rode with the top novice eight boat during season-opening seven race win streak that included three victories over Tennessee and Minnesota, a win over Alabama and Cincinnati, a win over Michigan and Michigan State, and wins over California and UCLA ... made debut during the fall at the Head of the Rock, rowing the novice eight "A" boat to a fourth place finish out of 16 boats, while also riding in the varsity "E" boat.

PREP AND PERSONAL: Collected six letters during her scholastic career -- two in volleyball and four in softball ... softball team was All-Conference for three years and Regional Champions her freshmen and sophomore years ... junior year batting average was .500 ... played in marching band and concert band...member of National Honor Society...daughter of Jim and Cathy Gates ... has a younger brother, Steven ... born December 27, 1987 in Chula Vista, Calif. ... enrolled in the Mendoza College of Business.

Dana Gates
Dana  Gates


Peoria, IL

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