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Virginia Rowers Capture Seventh ACC Championship

April 22, 2006

CLEMSON, S.C. - The Virginia women's rowing team defeated teams from five ACC schools to capture its seventh consecutive Atlantic Coast Conference Championship on Saturday, April 22. The Cavaliers won all four competitions, finishing first in the varsity eight, second varsity eight, varsity four, and novice eight races. Clemson hosted the regatta on Lake Hartwell in Clemson, S.C.

Duke finished second overall at the regatta with 43 points, followed by Miami (34), Clemson (30), Boston College (25), and North Carolina (17). The Cavaliers' second varsity eight boat was honored as ACC Crew of the Year, and Caitlin Mixter (coxswain), Kerry Maher, Melanie Kok, Sara Lippa, and Crystal MacLeod were named to the All-ACC Team. Duke head coach Robyn Horner was named ACC Coach of the Year.

Virginia's varsity eight, ranked eleventh nationally, won their event with a time of 6:31.00. Duke finished second (6:31.9), followed by Miami in third (6:39.1). Clemson placed fourth (6:43.3), North Carolina finished fifth (6:44.5), and Boston College was sixth (6:47.4). The Cavaliers competing in the event included Caitlin Mixter (coxswain), Kerry Maher, Renee Albers, Heather Gardner, Bridget Fowler, Ashley Jones, Libby McCann, Melanie Kok, and Chrissie Monaghan.

 

 

The Cavaliers' second varsity eight crew, which was named ACC Crew of the Year, won their race with a time of 6:36.6. Duke took second place (6:50.8), followed by Boston College in third (6:55.8) and Miami in fourth (6:57.7). Clemson finished in 7:01.8, and North Carolina's time was 7:04.7. UVa's boat was comprised of Michelle Ellison (coxswain), Mindy Fiesler, Mieke Pitts, Katrin Sydlik, Andria Haneman, Kelsie Chaudoin, Sara Lippa, Anna Samaha, and Crystal MacLeod.

The Virginia varsity four boat won their event with a time of 7:23.4. Clemson finished second in 7:40.3, followed by Duke (7:46.5), Miami (7:49.6), Boston College (7:50.7), and North Carolina (8:16.2). Rowers in the varsity four boat included Mary Eddy (coxswain), Yvonne Epp, Diane Leigh, Allison Brennan, and Victoria Moore.

UVa also won the novice eight competition with a time of 6:50.1. Boston College finished second with a time of 7:03.5, followed by North Carolina (7:10.4) and Miami (7:13.8). Clemson finished in 7:15.3. The Cavaliers' novice eight boat was manned by Sara Peeling (coxswain), Jessica Streufert, Augusta Stratos, Vanessa Furman, Mariel Plagenhoef, Amanda Chase, Krista Weissbart, Marianna Lima, and Bianca Spinosa.

Virginia, Duke, and Clemson held a second varsity four race Friday evening. Virginia's "A," "B," and "C" boats finished first, second, and third, respectively. Duke placed fourth, followed by Clemson in fifth. This event did not count towards the overall regatta scores.

Virginia's first varsity eight and second varsity eight boats are undefeated in the history of the ACC Championships. The Cavaliers have won all but two events in the seven years of the regatta, which were the varsity four event that Clemson won in 2001 and the novice eight race that Clemson won in 2005.

Virginia head coach Kevin Sauer commented that he was "proud of how the crews competed," and that he is "looking forward to the next three weeks of training for the NCAA South/Central Regionals."

The next regatta for the UVa women's rowing team is scheduled for May 13-14, when Virginia travels to Oak Ridge, Tenn. to compete in the South/Central Regionals.

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