The Virginia rowing team swept all four races on the way to winning its fifth consecutive ACC Championship Saturday on Lake Hartwell. The Cavaliers have won 14 of the 15 ACC regattas.
Virginia finished with 80 points, ahead of Notre Dame (67), Syracuse (61), Clemson (48), Duke (41), Miami (28), Boston College (23) and North Carolina (11).
With the team title, UVa automatically qualifies for the NCAA Championships, which will be in Indianapolis from May 30-June 1.
"Today was a great day for Virginia rowing and I am very proud of our student-athletes and how they performed today,” UVa head coach Kevin Sauer said. “We have had a great team attitude all year and we are excited to represent the ACC and the University of Virginia at the NCAA Championships.”
In addition to capturing the team title, Virginia’s Varsity Eight was named ACC Crew of the Year, Georgia Ratcliff was named Freshman of the Year, and Sauer was named Coach of the Year for the 10th time overall and fifth consecutive year.
Seniors Sarah Jordan, Brandy Herald, Elle Murray and Fiona Schlesinger were named to the All-ACC First Team, while fellow senior Constanze Duell was recognized on the second team.
The Cavaliers won the Varsity Eight race in a time of 6:22.7, ahead of Notre Dame (6:28.8), while the Second Varsity Eight finished first in a time of 6:34.8, followed by Syracuse (6:43.4). The Varsity Four placed first in 7:21.3 ahead of Notre Dame (7:30.0), while the Third Varsity Eight started the day off with a win in 6:38.2 over the second-place Irish (6:56.4).