April 1, 2012
Virginia’s first Varsity Four won the V4 grand final as the top-ranked Cavalier rowing team completed action at the 39th edition of the San Diego Crew Classic Sunday in San Diego.
The first V4 crew of coxswain Molly Frear, Ruth Retzinger, Kaity McCullough, Elle Murray and Chandler Lally won the grand final in a time of 7:58.12 to win the Karen Plumleigh Cortney Cup.
The Cavaliers jumped out to a four-seat advantage by the 500-meter mark and stretched out the lead to a little more than a boat length by the end of the 2,000-meter course. Washington State finished second in 8:02.23.
In the first Varsity Eight grand final for the Jessop-Whittier Cup, UVa made a late charge, but could not overtake USC, who went wire-to-wire, won in a time of 7:03.93. The Cavaliers were in second most of the race and finished in 7:06.79.
Virginia’s second Varsity Eight boat was within inches of second place, but Washington barely edged the Cavaliers by 0.12 with a time of 7:19.43. UVa, who was in fourth through the 1,000-meter mark and made a late charge to battle for second, crossed the line in a time of 7:19.55. UCLA won the Jackie Ann Stitt Hungness Trophy in a time of 7:14.24.
The second Varsity Four won the petite final to finish seventh overall in a time of 8:10.32. The Cavaliers were second to Clemson after 250 meters, but pushed to the lead by the 500-meter mark and never looked back, defeating the University of British Columbia, who finished second in 8:18.16, by almost eight seconds.
Next up, the Cavaliers host the UVa Invitational on Lake Monticello on April 14-15.
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