11th-Ranked UVa Seeks 10th-Straight ACC Title

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CHARLOTTESVILLE Seeking its unprecedented 10th-consecutive Atlantic Coast Conference Championship, the No. 11 Virginia rowing team heads to Oak Ridge, Tenn., for competition on Monday. The championships begin with the Varsity Four at 9 a.m., followed in order by the Novice Eight, Second Varsity Eight and Varsity Eight.

UVa is seeded first in all four races, and is the nine-time defending champion. Since the first ACC Championships in 2000, Virginia has won 33 of 36 races.

Virginia’s Varsity Eight, ranked No. 11 in the latest Collegiate Rowing Coaches Association (CRCA) national poll, has posted a 4-3 record during the regular season this spring. The crew has rowed to victories over Bucknell, UCLA, No. 19 Tennessee and Central Florida.

At last year’s ACC Championships, Virginia’s Varsity Eight set a conference record and won its race in a time of 6:22.0, 10 seconds better than the second-place finish of Clemson (6:32.6).

UVa’s Second Varsity Eight has a 6-1 record this year, including victories over Bucknell, California, UCLA, Stanford, Tennessee and Central Florida. Last season, UVa won the Second Varsity Eight race in a time of 6:31.4 at the ACC Championships.

The Varsity Four has a 4-3 record this year, including sweeps of Tennessee and UCF last weekend on Lake Monticello. UVa’s Novice Eight, meanwhile, has a 6-1 record with its only loss coming at the hands of California on March 28.

Six ACC schools participate in the rowing championships Boston College, Clemson, Duke, Miami, North Carolina and Virginia. No. 14 Clemson is the only other ACC school to be ranked nationally.


2009 ACC Championships
April 20, 2009 | Oak Ridge, Tenn. (Lake Melton)

Open Four 8:30 a.m.
UVa lineups: Coxswain Lauren Hendrie, Mariana Lima, Pamela Baylor, Marelle Myers, Colleen Bauk
Coxswain Sarah Pichardo, Hannah Jenkins, Erin Hawes, Lieve Pitts, Lauren Heimburg

Varsity Four 9 a.m.
Lane 1 (Seed No. 5) Miami
Lane 2 (Seed No. 3) Duke
Lane 3 (Seed No. 1) Virginia
Lane 4 (Seed No. 2) Clemson
Lane 5 (Seed No. 4) North Carolina
Lane 6 (Seed No. 6) Boston College
UVa lineup: Coxswain Taylor Gilmore, Ruth Retzinger, Megan Hooley, Summers Nelson, Caroline Sweeny

Novice Eight 9:20 a.m.
Lane 1 (Seed No. 5) Miami
Lane 2 (Seed No. 3) Duke
Lane 3 (Seed No. 1) Virginia
Lane 4 (Seed No. 2) Clemson
Lane 5 (Seed No. 4) North Carolina
Lane 6 (Seed No. 6) Boston College
UVa lineup: Coxswain Chloe Delaney, MacKenzie Leahy, Carolyn Glandorf, Morgan Joseph, Hannah Silver, Keziah Beall, Ana Tucker, Chelsea Simpson, Sarah Borchelt

Second Varsity Eight 9:40 a.m.
Lane 1 (Seed No. 5) Boston College
Lane 2 (Seed No. 3) Miami
Lane 3 (Seed No. 1) Virginia
Lane 4 (Seed No. 2) Clemson
Lane 5 (Seed No. 4) North Carolina
UVa lineup: Coxswain Cristine Candland, Claudia Blandford, Marie Long, Cara Linnenkohl, Martha Kuzzy, Helen Tompkins, Christine Roper, Nora Phillips, Susie Chalker

Varsity Eight 10 a.m.
Lane 1 (Seed No. 5) North Carolina
Lane 2 (Seed No. 3) Miami
Lane 3 (Seed No. 1) Virginia
Lane 4 (Seed No. 2) Clemson
Lane 5 (Seed No. 4) Duke
Lane 6 (Seed No. 6) Boston College
UVa lineup: Coxswain Sidney Thorsten, Jennifer Cromwell, Bridget Fowler, Desiree Burns, Amanda Chase, Lauren Hutchins, Augusta Stratos, Lauren Shook, Victoria Burke