2013 ACC Rowing Championship Set for Sunday

2013 ACC Rowing Championship Set for Sunday

Wednesday May 8, 2013

May 8, 2013



GREESBORO, N.C. -- Nationally sixth-ranked (CRCA poll) Virginia looks to defend its 2012 Atlantic Coast Conference Rowing title this Sunday at Clemson University on Lake Hartwell, as Clemson hosts the 14th Annual Atlantic Coast Conference Rowing Championships beginning at 9 a.m.

The Cavaliers, the defending NCAA champions, have won 12 of the 13 previous ACC Rowing Championships. The 16th-ranked Clemson Tigers are the only other ACC school to have won an ACC Rowing title, having taken the 2009 Championship, which was held in Clemson.

Virginia is seeded No. 1 in three of the four events in this weekend's Championship: The First Varsity Eight, the Second Varsity Eight and the First Varsity Four. Clemson earned the other No. 1 seed in the Novice 8 event. The seedings, a compilation of the vote of the league's six head coaches, were released Tuesday.

Virginia, led by All-America rowers Kristine O'Brien (Massapequa Park, N.Y.) and Sarah Cowburn (Worcestershire, England) and coached by Kevin Sauer, heads into this Sunday's Championship having bested all competition the past two weeks, defeating seven Top 20 squads in the First Varsity Eight in the process, including 3rd-ranked Ohio State and 6th-ranked UCLA. The Cavaliers, though, figure to receive strong competition from both the host Tigers, ranked 16th nationally, coached by Robbie Tenenbaum and led by senior All-America Heather Cummings (Virginia Beach, Va.), and from Duke, which has been nationally ranked twice this year, but enters the Championship listed among others receiving votes in the weekly poll. The Blue Devils are led by 2012 All-ACC rower Emily Theys (Stoughton, Wis.) and are coached by Robyn Horner.

Clemson's best times in each event--The First Varsity Eight (6:23.8), the Second Varsity Eight (6:29.5), the First Varsity Four (7:23.5) and the Novice Eight (6:52.7)--are competitive with or better than those compiled by UVa, while Duke has recorded good times in the First Varsity Eight (6:35.11) much earlier in the year.

Miami, coached by Andrew Carter and led by ACC 2012 Freshman of the Year Hannah Hawks (Mooresville, N.C.) and 2012 All-ACC rower Breanna Hayton (Victoria, British Columbia), has also posted good times in the First and Second Varsity Eight+ events and is seeded third in the Second Varsity Eight event.

Boston College, coached by Steve Fiske, has shown strength in both the First Varsity Four and Novice Eight events this year, while North Carolina, coached by Sarah Haney, has also posted good times in the Novice Eight.

In all, Virginia enters this year's ACC Championships having won 46 of 52 events in the previous 13 years of the ACC Rowing Championships. Sunday's competition marks the 11th time that Clemson has hosted the Rowing Championship, including the last three in a row prior to this Sunday's event.

Competition begins Sunday morning at 9 a.m. with the First Varsity Four race followed by the Novice Eight (9:20 a.m.), the Second Varsity Eight (9:40 a.m.) and finally, the First Varsity Eight (10 a.m.).

2013 ACC Championship Rowing Seedings and Lane Assignments

First Varsity Four -- 9:00 a.m.
Seed 1 (Lane 3) - Virginia
Seed 2 (Lane 4) - Clemson
Seed 3 (Lane 2) - Duke
Seed 4 (Lane 5) - Boston College
Seed 5 (Lane 1) - Miami
Seed 6 (Lane 6) - North Carolina

Novice Eight -- 9:20 a.m.
Seed 1 (Lane 3) - Clemson
Seed 2 (Lane 4) - Virginia
Seed 3 (Lane 2) - Boston College
Seed 4 (Lane 5) - Duke
Seed 5 (Lane 1) - North Carolina
Seed 6 (Lane 6) - Miami

Second Varsity Eight -- 9:40 a.m.
Seed 1 (Lane 3) - Virginia
Seed 2 (Lane 4) - Clemson
Seed 3 (Lane 2) - Miami
Seed 4 (Lane 5) - Duke
Seed 5 (Lane 1) - Boston College
Seed 6 (Lane 6) -North Carolina

First Varsity Eight -- 10:00 a.m.
Seed 1 (Lane 3) - Virginia
Seed 2 (Lane 4) - Clemson
Seed 3 (Lane 2) - Duke
Seed 4 (Lane 5) - Miami
Seed 5 (Lane 1) - Boston College
Seed 6 (Lane 6) - North Carolina