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  1. Send Me A Sign

    Mar 2, 2013, 11:39 AM EDT

    Marta Stepien (photo by Tim Singler)

    Today marks the first day of the Midwest Conference Championships, the first championship held at Notre Dame since the Castellan Family Fencing Center opened last fall. Any of you who attended meets in past seasons remember that fans watched bouts from in between individual fencing strips. It’s not like that anymore. The refurbishment features permanent…

  2. Helpful Hints for Attending a Fencing Tournament

    Feb 23, 2013, 8:29 AM EDT

    Stepien in action on the fencing piste. (photo by Tim Singler)

    So you’re a pretty big Notre Dame sports fan. You’ve watched football, checked out soccer and even made an appearance at Arlotta Stadium to see the lacrosse teams in action. And now that the team is hosting a tournament in their brand-new facilities, it’s time to see some fencing first-hand. But if you have no…

  3. “Oh, Say Can You See….”

    Nov 27, 2012, 2:48 PM EDT

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    You have to be a pretty talented athlete to compete for Notre Dame, so you probably wouldn’t be surprised to learn that sophomore cross country runner Megan Heeder followed up a 3200m state title as a high school junior, with a fourth place finish in the 1600m and a second place finish in the 3200m…

  4. Sticking Together on the Biggest Stage

    Nov 21, 2012, 12:19 PM EDT

    Photo by Walt Middleton

    A lot of cross-country teams talk about running as a pack – but not many stick this close together. Senior co-captain Rebecca Tracy, sophomore Gabby Gonzales, and juniors Alexa Aragon and Kelly Curran finished 96th, 97th, 98th, and 100th – all within one second of each other – in the NCAA championships Saturday. “The goal…

  5. Bringing XC Back

    Oct 30, 2012, 2:05 PM EDT

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    The Irish playlist is back! This week it’s the women’s team’s turn to choose the music: we asked freshman Jessica Balko – a local girl from Mishawaka, Ind. – and senior captain Rebecca Tracy to share songs that get them pumped up before a big race or motivate them during long runs. Here’s how they…

  6. Improving practice, improving performance

    Oct 25, 2012, 11:31 AM EDT

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    Those of you who have been following the blog know that the new Castellan Family Fencing Facility – located on the site of the former hockey rink in the Joyce Athletic and Convocation Center – was dedicated in a ceremony last Saturday. The fencers are excited about the move into their newer and nicer digs…

  7. Irish Playlist: Part 1

    Oct 2, 2012, 10:37 PM EDT

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    Have you ever wondered what makes Division I runners so much faster than the rest of us? Well it’s not their iPod playlists – earbuds might be allowed on 5k fun runs and road races, but listening to music during NCAA races or team practices is most certainly not allowed. But that doesn’t stop us…

  8. Running With The Pack

    Sep 30, 2012, 10:47 PM EDT

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    The No. 20 Fighting Irish didn’t have a woman finish in the medals at the Notre Dame Invitational this past Friday. They didn’t even have a top-10 finisher – the first Notre Dame runner to cross the finish line was junior Kelly Curran, who came in 15th. But the Irish still finished second overall with 110…

  9. Winning one for ND

    Sep 17, 2012, 11:13 AM EDT

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    Between his sub-four minute mile, several BIG EAST titles, and an NCAA Championship title as a member of the indoor distance medley relay team, it’s hard to think of something that senior Jeremy Rae hasn’t accomplished. And after his win at the National Catholic Championship on Friday, there’s one less thing he has yet to…

  10. First Time for Everything

    Sep 3, 2012, 7:05 PM EDT

    Photo by Matt Cashore

    When you ask most college athletes when they took up their sport, many will tell you they’ve been playing since they were five or six years old. Occasionally you’ll find a latecomer who latched-on at 10 or 12. And then there’s freshman runner Sydni Meunier, who ran her first cross-country race this past Friday. Sydni,…

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