Nov. 11, 2016
CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. - The Virginia rowing team concludes its 2016 fall schedule on Sunday morning (Nov. 13) by hosting the annual Rivanna Romp on the Rivanna Reservoir in Earlysville, Va.
Admission is free to the public. Action begins at 10 a.m. with the Varsity Eights, followed by the Varsity Four boats at 11:30 a.m. Boats will go off one at a time, about 10-15 seconds apart, in a time trial to determine the winners.
The Cavaliers will compete against crews from Clemson, Columbia, Duke, Louisville and Pennsylvania. Virginia has captured the last 10 Varsity Eight races at the Romp, while the UVA Varsity Four has won eight of the last nine races.
Free parking is available at the Thomas Temple Allan Boathouse on the west bank of the Rivanna Reservoir. The boathouse is the closest point spectators can see the boats along the 4,000-meter course.
Last time out, the Cavaliers placed second at the Princeton Chase with a time of 14:21.485. UVA's Second Varsity Eight placed seventh at 14:52.926. The Cavaliers' Third Varsity Eight (15:25.096) and Fourth Varsity Eight (15:41.748) placed 21st and 28th, respectively, as Virginia had four of the top 28 boats.
Rivanna Reservoir Boathouse - Woodlands Road, Earlysville
From East/West: From Interstate-64 take Exit 118B onto Rt. 29 North. Take Barracks Road Exit (Fourth Exit) and turn left at the bottom of the ramp. At the second light, turn right onto Georgetown Road. Turn left onto Hydraulic Rd at the light. At the second light (Summer's Market/Earlysville Road) turn left. Follow about 1/4 mile and turn left onto Rt. 676 (Woodlands Road) before the bridge. Take the 3rd driveway on the right to the boathouse (276 Woodlands Road).
From South: Take Route 29 to Business Route 250 East (sign will say University of Virginia Information Center) and bear right onto Ivy Rd. At third stoplight, turn left on Emmet St/Rt. 29N. At seventh stoplight, turn left on Hydraulic Rd for less than 2 miles. Turn left on Earlysville Rd./743 for .7 miles. Turn left on Woodlands Rd./676 for 0.4 miles and then turn right at Magruder Dent Rowing Center (3rd driveway on the right) and park next to boathouse.
From North: Follow 66-W to 29-South (the exit goes toward Gainesville, a little ways past the Dulles exit). Take 29-South all the way to Charlottesville. Pass Sam's Club, Wal-Mart, and the Rio Hill Shopping Center. Turn right at the Rio Road stoplight, which has a Union Bank & Trust on the right and Fashion Square Mall ahead on the left. Follow Rio as it curves left. Take a right at Earlysville Road, which is by a gas station/convenience store and just before a church on the right. Follow about 1/4 mile and turn left onto Rt. 676 (Woodlands Road) before the bridge. Take the 3rd driveway on the right to the boathouse.
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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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