June 2, 2013
INDIANAPOLIS, Ind.--The Virginia rowing team concluded the 2012-13 season with a fifth-place finish at the NCAA Championships Sunday (June 2) on Eagle Creek Park Lake in Indianapolis, Ind. It is the seventh consecutive season the Cavaliers have finished in the top six at the national regatta.
UVa finished fifth with 108 points, behind NCAA Champion Ohio State (126), California (124), Princeton (112) and USC (110).
The Cavaliers finished fourth overall in both the Varsity Eight and the Varsity Four, while the Second Varsity Eight won its petite final to place seventh overall.
"It's disappointing because we thought we had an outside shot to win the team title and had a good shot to win the Varsity Eight," head coach Kevin Sauer said. "We had some great races throughout the year, but today it just didn't happen. The competition was really competitive this weekend and this result hurts, but it's going to fuel us for the future.
"Congratulations to Ohio State on winning the team title as well as the Varsity Four and Second Varsity Eight championships, and congrats to California on winning the Varsity Eight title."
In much better conditions than the first two days of competition, Princeton stormed out to an early lead in the Varsity Eight grand final, with UVa fighting for second with California, Ohio State, USC and Washington. Cal overtook the Tigers around the 1,500m mark and won in a time of 6:21.43. Princeton was second in 6:22.59, while Ohio State was able cross the line just ahead of a charging Cavalier crew for third (6:23.20 to 6:23.65). Washington was fifth, while the Trojans were sixth.
"The V8 was right in the thick of it all the way, but just ended up a little short," Sauer said.
In the Second Varsity Eight grand final, UCLA jumped out to an early lead, but UVa overtook the Bruins by the 1,000m mark and didn't look back, winning in a time of 6:32.13. Stanford was second in 6:33.56, followed by Washington (6:33.58), Harvard, UCLA and Notre Dame.
"Our 2V8 recovered well from not making the grand final yesterday," assistant coach Brett Sickler said. "They were pushed by Washington, but were able to do their job and rowed a great race to pull it out and win the petite final."
The Cavalier Varsity Four made a late charge, but was edged by third-place Washington by 0.12 (7:12.04 to 7:12.16). Ohio State came from behind to win the race in 7:08.26, while USC was second in 7:11.03. Brown was fifth, while Washington State was sixth.
"Our Varsity Four had a great race," Sickler said. "They battled Washington all the way down the course and just missed the podium, but it was the best race they could have had so I'm really pleased with them."
Varsity Eight: Coxswain Sarah Jordan, Stroke: Constanze Duell, 7: Chandler Lally, 6: Kristine O'Brien, 5: Sarah Cowburn, 4: Fiona Schlesinger, 3: Susanne Grainger, 2: Hemingway Benton, Bow: Elle Murray
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A 1985 graduate of UVA, White worked at the Richmond Times-Dispatch until July 2009. He was honored six times as the state's Sportswriter of the Year.
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