The YEAR in Notre Dame Athletics: Part I

Go Irish. Beat everyone. - fishoutofwater

Notre Dame rowing competed fiercely at the NCAA tournament this past weekend. Irish student athletes had a tremendous year, gaining titles, setting records, and fighting for victory, day-in and day-out.

As the school year draws to an end, we bring you the results of Irish rowing's NCAA efforts and the first of our two-part review of the year in Notre Dame athletics.

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Rowing: The Big East conference champion Irish claimed 13th place in a 22-team field at the NCAA tournament in Indianapolis this past weekend. Ohio State claimed the championship ahead of Cal, Princeton, and USC. The Irish claimed a top-13 finish in three of their races. Full results can be found here. Congratulations to the Irish on an outstanding season.


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Track & Field: The Irish send 14 student-athletes to the NCAA National Championships in Eugene, OR, which begin today (Wednesday) and conclude Saturday. Best of luck to all competing in the NCAA Outdoor Championships.

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THE YEAR IN NOTRE DAME ATHLETICS, PART I: UNDER BLUE-GRAY SKIES

With no athletic competition left untried in this academic year (but one - the NCAA track & field outdoor championships), we bring you the final results for all Notre Dame sports for 2012-2013. In part I, we acknowledge the sports that began play during the fall semester. Next week, in part II, we'll recap the year for those sports that began play during the spring semester.

Football: 12-1 record. Undefeated regular season. Ranked no. 1 for the first time since 1993, from 11/18/12-1/8/13. Played in the National Championship Game, where they fell to Nick Saban's Alabama. Brian Kelly named Coach of the Year.

Women's Basketball: 35-2 record. Ranked no. 2 at the end of the season. Enjoyed a 30-game winning streak. Played in the Final Four of the NCAA tournament. Fell to UConn, who went on to win the National Championship and who ND bested 3 of 4 times this past season and in 7 of their last 9 meetings. Muffet McGraw named Coach of the Year.

Men's Basketball: 25-10 record. Ranked as high as no. 17/16 during the season. Played in the 2nd round of the NCAA tournament.

Men's Soccer: 17-4-1 record. Claimed Big East title. Ranked no. 1 at the end of conference tournament play through NCAA tournament competition. Played in the 3rd round of the NCAA tournament.

Women's Soccer: 16-6-2 record. Played in NCAA tournament quarterfinals. Played in Big East tournament semifinals. Ranked as high as no. 25/20.

Hockey: 25-13-3 record. Claimed CCHA Championship with victory over Michigan. Played in NCAA Midwest Regional. Ranked as high as no. 2 during the season.

Men's Swimming & Diving: Claimed Big East Championship. Participated in NCAA Swimming and Diving Championships. Ranked as high as no. 18/21. Tim Welsh named Big East Coach of the Year.

Women's Swimming & Diving: Claimed 2nd at Big East Championships. Participated in NCAA Swimming and Diving Championships.

Volleyball: 20-10 record. Played in the first round of the NCAA tournament. Played in the Big East tournament quarterfinals. Tied for 2nd for the Big East regular season crown.

Cross Country: Women finished 5th, and men, 3rd, at the Big East Championships. Women finished 15th, and men, 28th, at the NCAA Championships.

Women's Golf: Claimed 5th Big East Championship. Finished 15th at the NCAA East Regional. Ranked as high as no. 22 during the season.

Men's Golf: Finished 3rd at the Big East Championship.

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In part II of "The Year in Notre Dame Athletics," we'll have the results for Irish fencing, baseball, softball, men's and women's lacrosse, men's and women's tennis, rowing, and track & field, as well as results from the NCAA track & field championship. Until then, go Irish.

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