ACC Rowing Notebook: Five Teams in Action on Easter Weekend

Five ACC Teams in CRCA National Poll, Duke Makes First Appearance in Poll Since 2014, Louisville Advances Five Places to No. 15

With Duke making its first appearance in the Collegiate Rowing Coaches Association (CRCA) Top 20 since 2014, five Atlantic Coast Conference Rowing programs are ranked in the CRCA Top 20 for only the second time in ACC history and the first since the preseason poll of 2014.

In the CRCA Top 20 released on March 22, Virginia maintained its spot at No. 4, followed by Louisville (15th), Syracuse and Notre Dame (both tied for 16th) the Blue Devils, ranked 20th.

The Blue Devils of new head coach Megan Cooke Carcagno are coming off an impressive performance in the Carolina Cup, in which they captured the First Varsity Eight, Second Varsity Eight and First Varsity Four events against crews from host Clemson and North Carolina.

The ranking for Duke was its 10th all-time, but only its fifth since 2005 and first in two years.

Louisville, coached by Derek Copeland, made the most impressive jump in this week’s poll, moving up five spaces from 20th.

The Cavaliers of Coach Kevin Sauer maintained their NO. 4 national ranking and again trail only top-ranked Ohio State, No. 2 California and third-ranked Brown. The ranking is also the 25th consecutive one for Virginia in the nation’s Top Five.

Duke Second Varsity Eight Named ACC Crew of the Week, Blue Devils Top Clemson, North Carolina in Carolina Cup at Clemson

Duke’s Second Varsity Eight was named the Atlantic Coast Conference Crew of the Week Tuesday after defeating Clemson and North Carolina in the Carolina Cup, held last Saturday on Lake Hartwell in Clemson, S.C.

The Blue Devils, who made their spring season debut under new head coach Megan Cooke Carcagno, recorded an impressive time of 6:37.6 to edge the Tigers (6:39.6) and Tar Heels (7:00.4) as Duke captured the first three races of the Carolina Cup, winning also in the First Varsity Eight and First Varsity Four races as well.

The time was the second fastest for a Second Varsity Eight crew in program history.

The crew for the Duke Second Varsity Eight is composed of coxswain Meagan Lew (So., Boston, Mass.); Megan Conroy (So., Fayetteville, N.C.); Elizabeth Horne (Jr., London, United Kingdom); Lauren Miranda (Sr., Clifton Park, N.Y.); Shannon Tierney (Fr., Hackettstown, N.J.); Johanna Burstein (Jr., New York, N.Y.); Grace Williams (So., Vienna, Va.); Meridith Kisting (Gr., Loves Park, Ill.); and Celia Macrae (Fr., Cincinnati, Ohio).

The Duke Second Varsity Eight was chosen over the Third Varsity Eight of Boston College and the First Varsity Eight of Miami.

BC’s Third Varsity Eight, coached by Steve Fiske, defeated St. Joseph’s and Temple in a pair of races Saturday on the Schuykill River in Philadelphia. BC’s 3V8 turned in a time of 7:04.6 in defeating St. Joe’s (7:15.39) and a 7:04.36 clocking in downing Temple (7:16.10).

Miami’s First Varsity Eight, coached by Dave Sanderson, defeated Columbia and Florida Tech in a pair of races at the Governor’s Cup in Fellsmere, Fla. Miami recorded a time of 6:45.73 in downing Columbia (6:50.21) and a time of 6:45.78 in defeating Florida Tech (7:10.05).

Virginia Downs No. 6 Yale, Cavaliers Best Bulldogs in Four of Five Races

Racing in difficult conditions on the Rivanna River, Virginia’s Fourth-Ranked Rowing team defeated No. 6 Yale Saturday, winning four of five races from the Bulldogs.

Though there was negligible wind, the temperature was in the 40s with driving sleet.

Virginia claimed the First Varsity Eight, posting an impressive time of 6:28.4 to nip Yale by 1.5 seconds.

The Cavaliers also captured the Second Varsity Eight event, posting a time of 6:35.1, finishing more than four seconds better than Yale (6:39.7).

Yale took the First Varsity Four race, posting a time of 7:11.4, solidly defeating UVA (7:19.0).

Virginia then took both the Third Varsity Eight and Second Varsity Four competitions.

Complete results can be found on page 7.

Duke Rowers Raise Money To Benefit Bull City Fit

The Duke rowing team held its annual ergathon fundraiser on Monday, February 29, to raise money for the Bull City Fit program. The event raised $6,738.73 that will be given to Bull City Fit.

Bull City Fit was founded in 2012 and is a community-based wellness program for patients and families of the Duke Children’s Healthy Lifestyles Program.

Bull City Fit puts together a wide variety of activities to encourage and promote active living and help fight childhood obesity, including fitness instruction, dance, sports, moderated peer support group sessions, gardening, cooking classes and more.

Five ACC Teams On the Water This Weekend, No. 16 Notre Dame Travels to Longhorn Invitational
BC, No. 20 DUKE, UNC and No. 16 Syracuse Also in Action

Notre Dame, coached by Martin Stone, and tied for the No. 16 national ranking with Syracuse, heads to Town Lake, Texas to participate in this year’s Longhorn Invitational. The Irish will face teams from San Diego and eighth-ranked Texas this Friday and Saturday on Lady Bird Lake. Texas finished seventh in last year’s NCAA Championships and has been ranked as high as No 7 this year.

Notre Dame is one of five ACC schools competing in rowing this Easter weekend, including Boston College, Duke, North Carolina and Syracuse.

Duke, ranked 20th nationally this week, will make a cross country trip to participate in the Pac-12 Challenge at Redwood City, Calif. at the Redwood Shores lagoon. The Blue Devils will be facing second-ranked California and UCLA on Saturday.

The Eagles of Coach Steve Fiske will be facing Boston University on the Charles River in Boston on Saturday.

North Carolina, coached by Sarah Haney, will be hosting teams from West Virginia, Georgetown and Old Dominion on Lake Wheeler in Raleigh, N.C. on Friday beginning at 9 a.m. This will be the only home rowing event of the year for the Tar Heels.

Finally, Syracuse, coached by Justin Moore and tied for 16th nationally this week with Notre Dame, will make its spring debut where it completed its fall schedule.

The Orange will be facing Cornell in Ithaca, N.Y. in a scrimmage this Saturday. Syracuse ended its fall schedule by downing both Cornell and Buffalo last Oct. 26.