Virginia’s First Varsity Eight Named @ACCRowing Crew of the Week


Photo by Richard Ersted

Cavaliers Down 6th-Ranked Southern California, 13th-Ranked Stanford

GREENSBORO, N.C.--Virginia’s First Varsity Eight crew, which captured three races last week, including wins over sixth-ranked Southern California and 13th-ranked Stanford, was named Tuesday by the Atlantic Coast Conference as its Rowing Crew of the Week.

Composed of senior coxswain Sarah Jordan (Flourtown, Pa.); senior stroke Elle Murray (Tampa, Fla.); senior 7-seat Constanze Duell  (Oberschlesissheim, Germany); junior 6-seat Chandler Lally (Bryn Mawr, Pa.); freshmen 5-seat Georgia Ratcliff (Falls Church, Va.); senior 4-seat Brandy Herald (Portland, Ore.); senior 3-seat Fiona Schlesinger (Surreyu, United Kingdom); junior 2-seat Lizzy Youngling (Westport, Conn.) and junior Bow Hemingway Benton (Glencoe, Ill.), the UVa First Varsity Eight began the weekend by defeating 13th-ranked Stanford Saturday, posting a season-best time of 6:29.91 at the Pac-12 Challenge on Redwood Shores in California, besting  the Cardinal by almost nine seconds.

Virginia then defeated Oregon State by seven seconds with a time of 6:30.5 and finished off the weekend on Sunday downing the sixth-ranked Trojans in a time of 6:31.1.

UVa’s Varsity Eight is now undefeated this spring in seven races, including four against ranked opponents.                                                                                                                                                                                                                            

Virginia, coached by Kevin Sauer, was ranked third nationally in the initial Collegiate Rowing Coaches Association (CRCA) poll of the year.                                                                                                                                                     

In being selected as the ACC’s Crew of the Week, the Cavaliers were chosen over a strong performance by Clemson’s First Varsity Eight crew, which downed San Diego and 16th-ranked Louisville over the weekend.

Virginia will next be in action this Saturday facing fifth-ranked Princeton and Columbia at Princeton, N.J.

The 2014 ACC Rowing Championship will be held on Saturday, May 17, on Lake Hartwell in Clemson, S.C.