Rowing at Notre Dame can be traced back to the late 1800s, but its organization as a club sport began in September 1964, when forty young men with something to prove crowded the far end of Rockne Memorial Gym. These were the first tryouts of what would become the Notre Dame men’s rowing club. Growing out of this tradition, the Notre Dame's Women's Rowing team began in 1998 and has since become the largest women's varsity program at the University.
The Irish have steadily grown into one of the best programs in the country with nine NCAA championship appearances. Notre Dame Women’s Rowing has brought home 10 consecutive Big East Championships and boasts 52 National Scholar-Athlete Award recipients and eight All-Americans.
In 2017, graduated senior Erin Boxberger became the third rower in program history to achieve All-American status in multiple seasons, joining Amanda Polk (four-time honoree from 2005-08 and Olympic Gold Medalist) and Molly Bruggeman (three awards from 2012-14).
The Notre Dame Women's Rowing team moved into the new McConnell Family Boathouse in the winter of 2015, a 15,000 square-foot boathouse that sits on the St. Joseph River near downtown South Bend. The boathouse has helped propel the varsity team to continued victories on the water.
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