Behind third-place finishes from the Second Varsity Eight and Varsity Four, the Virginia rowing team finished fifth at the NCAA Championships Sunday at Eagle Creek Park Lake.
The Cavaliers have finished in the top six at the national regatta in each of the last eight years.
UVa finished fifth overall with 105 points. Ohio State won the NCAA title for the second consecutive season with 126 points, followed by California (118), Brown (116) and Stanford (110). Princeton was sixth (102), while Washington (101), Michigan (101), Notre Dame (81) and USC (72) rounded out the top 10.
“Our Second Varsity Eight and Varsity Four had a great day earning medals and while fifth place in the team standings is not where we want to be, it is also not something to be distraught about,” UVa head coach Kevin Sauer said. “What I love about this team is that when the Varsity Eight did not have the best of weekends, the 2V8 and V4 were right there to pick them up emotionally and mentally, and at the awards ceremony, the loudest cheers for the 2V8 and V4 came from the V8. That’s the definition of being a team and I am very proud of this program.”
In the Varsity Eight petite final, the Cavaliers placed second in 6:55.906 to Princeton, who posted a time of 6:51.795. The Tigers jumped out to a big lead and UVa was not able to recover, but were able to defeat crews from Notre Dame, Indiana, Harvard and USC.
UVa's Second Varsity Eight was in fourth at the halfway point, but was able to take over Stanford for third in a time of 7:02.685 and just behind Princeton (7:02.028). Ohio State won the race in a time of 6:59.434. It is the seventh time UVa’s 2V8 has medaled and the first time since 2005.
The Varsity Four was in fifth place at the 1,000-meter mark, but passed Washington and Brown to finish third in 7:45.948, behind only California (7:43.088) and Stanford (7:44.379).