WEST WINDSOR, N.J.-The Virginia rowing team advanced all three boats from semifinals to grand finals on the second day of the NCAA Championships on Mercer Lake in West Windsor, N.J., on Saturday (May 26). The grand finals will be held on Sunday where the NCAA Championship team as well as national title boats will be determined.
"It was a good day," head coach Kevin Sauer said. "Anytime you get all three boats to the grand finals at the NCAAs is a good thing. Princeton and Cal did it also and Michigan did well in the 1V8 and 2V8, so those teams and maybe a couple others will be in the hunt and we have to be ready for that.
"Our Varsity Eight had another great race, the 2V8 led for 1,250 (meters) and hung on for qualifying and the Four was second to an Ohio State boat that had a great race that they'll respond to that tomorrow. We're really excited about our opportunities."
The Cavaliers are one of three schools (California and Princeton) to advance all three boats to the grand finals. This is the eighth time Virginia has made all three grand finals in NCAA Championship history, the last being 2010 when the Cavaliers won the national title.
"To have all three boats make it through to the (grand) final is a great step," associate head coach Steve Pritzker said. "Any of four teams can win the team title tomorrow and we'll do everything we can to be prepared."
In the First Varsity Eight, the Cavaliers used a strong second half of the race to win by about a length over Southern California in a time of 6:13.35. USC placed second in 6:17.48, while California picked up third in 6:19.04. Those three move on to the grand final on Sunday at 12:05 p.m., where the Cavaliers posted the best time of the semifinals.
The Second Varsity Eight race was the most competitive as well as the most nerve wrenching of the regatta with Princeton, Virginia and Brown all fighting for two spots in the grand final. Cal won the heat in 6:30.58, while Princeton placed second in 6:32.89. Virginia edged Brown by less than a second (6:33.54-5:34.43) for the final slot. The 2V8 grand final is at 11:15 a.m., on Sunday.
Virginia placed second in Varsity Four in 7:10.70, behind a strong Ohio State boat that finished in 7:05.52. The Cavaliers were able to fight off Princeton (7:12.43) and UCLA (7:14.45) to move on. The Varsity Four grand final is on Sunday at 10:25 a.m.
The Cavaliers won the 2010 NCAA title and have finished second three times (1999, 2005, 2007). Seven UVa boats have won national titles, with the Second Varsity Eight claiming the title in 1998, 1999 and 2005, while the Varsity Four has won in 2004, 2005, 2007 and 2010. The First Varsity Eight has never won a national title, but has finished second three times (1999, 2009, 2010).
In an exhibition pairs race on Friday, Maddie Keating and Catherine Multari placed second to Ohio State.
The action begins at 9 a.m., with the Division II finals. The DI races start at 9:50 a.m.
First Varsity Eight: Coxswain Sidney Thorsten, Keziah Beall, Martha Kuzzy, Kristine O'Brien, Sarah Cowburn, Fiona Schlesinger, Susanne Grainger, Hemingway Benton, Carli Goldberg
Second Varsity Eight: Coxswain Sarah Jordan, Chandler Lally, Elle Murray, Kaitlin Fanikos, Brandy Herald, Liza Tullis, MacKenzie Leahy, Sarah Borchelt, Morgan Joseph
Varsity Four: Coxswain Cristine Candland, Ruth Retzinger, Hunter Terry, Chelsea Simpson, Carolyn Glandorf
Cavaliers Looking to Build MomentumWomen's Basketball11/22/17Virginia (2-3) will play twice this weekend in the Cavalier Classic at John Paul Jones Arena: Saturday against Harvard and Sunday against Duquesne.'Hoos Eager to Seize Opportunity Friday NightFootball11/21/17At 8 p.m. Friday, in the annual battle for the Commonwealth Clash, UVA (6-5 overall, 3-4 ACC) meets Virginia Tech (8-3, 4-3) at Scott Stadium.Hunter Dazzles as 'Hoos Stay UnbeatenMen's Basketball11/19/17Behind a career-high 23 points from redshirt freshman De'Andre Hunter, unbeaten Virginia defeated Monmouth 73-53 on Sunday at JPJ.
Director of News Content
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.
UVA Wins Varsity Eight Race at Rivanna Romp
W. Rowing | 11/12/2017
The Virginia rowing team concluded its fall season with a win in the Varsity Eight race at the...
Cavaliers Host Rivanna Romp on Sunday
W. Rowing | 11/10/2017
The Virginia rowing team concludes its 2017 fall schedule on Sunday morning (Nov. 12) at the...
Sauer Adds Edwards to Coaching Staff
W. Rowing | 11/1/2017
Edwards arrives in Charlottesville after serving as an assistant coach at Rutgers for the past...
Virginia Places Third at Princeton Chase
W. Rowing | 10/29/2017
The Cavaliers’ Varsity Eight placed third, while UVA’s Second Varsity Eight finished ...
UVA Rowing Returns to Action at the Princeton Chase
W. Rowing | 10/27/2017
The Virginia rowing team travels to Princeton, N.J., on Sunday (Oct. 29) to compete in the...
UVA Alumni Sets Course Record at HOCR
W. Rowing | 10/22/2017
UVA’s Varsity Eight finished fourth among collegiate boats and ninth overall with a time of...
UVA Opens Fall Season at the Head of the Charles
W. Rowing | 10/20/2017
The 53rd edition of the Head of the Charles will feature 2,281 crews and 10,551 athletes...
Janssen Earns Gold at World Rowing Championships
W. Rowing | 10/02/2017
Former Virginia standout Inge Janssen (Class of 2010) earned a gold medal at the 2017 World...
- Online Stores