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ND Cross Country: Rydberg makes debut appearance at NCAAs

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A new face will be among the crowd at the women's NCAA championship cross country meet in Terre Haute, Ind. this weekend as freshman Jessica Rydberg takes the course for the Irish. "It is so exciting to be able to race with the best runners in the entire nation," Rydberg said. "I am not too nervous yet, but I am sure when I get to the meet and see all of the other teams, I will become much more nervous." Rydberg came in second place for the Irish and 10th overall in 21:23.84 at the Great Lakes Regional meet where Notre Dame won for the first time since 2003 and Rydberg received all-region honors. "Starting college is a tough transition for a freshman, especially an athlete who is expected to contribute right away, and she had some struggles early like most freshmen do," Irish coach Tim Connelly said. "She seems to be handling things well now and comes to practice every day, happy, and excited to be running." Rydberg knew she wanted to run in college and looked into possibly attending Duke, Xavier or Santa Clara University, but as a science pre-professional and theology double major intent, she ultimately chose Notre Dame with some urging from her high school track coach. "I feel like Notre Dame has the perfect combination of rigorous academics, successful athletics and service opportunities, and everything is supported by a strong faith in God," Rydberg said. As an athlete who participates in a highly individual sport like cross country, Rydberg maintains a healthy level of team sportsmanship and humility in her personality as she races for optimal team performance. "I did not really put pressure on myself to be in the top runners; I just wanted to do my best for the team," Rydberg said. Rydberg has been running competitively since middle school with the encouragement of her parents who are both runners as well. "Running is refreshing, it allows me to take a break from everything that usually makes me stressed, and at the same time, it is also an exciting challenge," Rydberg said. "I get to find out how strong I can really be, and there is always an opportunity to become faster, stronger, and better." Rydberg and the rest of the Irish will be vying to show they are faster, stronger and better than the rest of the competitors Nov. 23 as the team races towards its first national title.  


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ND Women's Soccer: Wise Weiss

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Just one year removed from a campaign in which she did not make a single start, junior goalkeeper Nikki Weiss now finds herself anchoring a strong Irish defense and just two wins away from leading Notre Dame to its fourth consecutive NCAA College Cup appearance.


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Fencing: Youngsters show true individual promise

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Divided by individual and intercollegiate competitions, the demanding fencing season can take its toll on a young team. But as the Irish wrap up the season of individual bouts, a growing list of accomplishments from a number of players provides some encouragement.


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Football: Weis will look to seniors to spark Irish for Connecticut

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Notre Dame's 27-22 loss at Pittsburgh Saturday represented the second straight game, and fourth overall this season, in which a furious fourth-quarter Irish rally fell short. And while Irish coach Charlie Weis said at his Tuesday press conference he continues to be proud of the fight his team has displayed throughout a tumultuous 6-4 season, he acknowledged the crippling effects of too many slow starts this season.



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ND Volleyball: Much still ahead for Irish

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With wins over Georgetown and South Florida this weekend, the Irish accomplished two of their primary goals this season: an outright Big East regular-season title and an undefeated conference record.



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Men's Interhall Football: Stadium Bound

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No. 7 Siegfried beat its rival, No. 3 Knott, 14-7 to keep its back-to-back title hopes alive. The victory Sunday gave the Ramblers a chance to defend their 2008 title in the Stadium next weekend.




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ND Volleyball: Irish complete undefeated Big East season

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Notre Dame continued its Big East dominance and wrapped up a perfect conference schedule this weekend. The No. 24 Irish swept Georgetown Friday night to clinch the Big East regular season title and took down the University of South Florida Sunday as they honored their six seniors.


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SMC Swimming: Belles drop dual meet to Carthage

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Despite outstanding individual performances by a number of swimmers, the Belles fell to Carthage College in a non-conference dual meet Friday. The event, hosted at Purdue University, ended in a 139.5 to 65.5 final score in favor of the Lady Reds.



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Hockey: Irish face continued ups and downs

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Notre Dame's roller coaster ride continued this weekend as the No. 8 Irish lost to Northern Michigan 3-2 Saturday and tied the Wildcats 2-2 Sunday before prevailing in a shootout 2-1 at the Joyce Center.


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ND Women's Soccer: On Their Way

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Notre Dame opened the NCAA Tournament with a statement — two, actually — by winning its first two games by a combined score of 11-1 at Alumni Stadium this weekend.




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ND Cross Country: First place finish gives team pass to NCAAs

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A first place finish at Saturday's Great Lakes Regional cross country meet has earned the Irish women's team an automatic team bid to NCAA nationals, but the men's seventh place finish ends the season for the team. However, senior Jake Walker earned the ability to compete individually.