ACC Rowing Readies for Weekend Action

Virginia, Syracuse and Notre Dame Remain in the CRCA Top 20

The ACC had three teams ranked in this week’s Collegiate Rowing Coaches Association national Top 20, led by Virginia which is in fourth-place, followed by No. 16 Syracuse and No. 17 Notre Dame.

Two other ACC teams, Louisville, which dropped out of the Top 20 this week, and Duke, are listed among others receiving votes.

Syracuse moved up three spots from 19 to 16 after a strong performance at the Clemson Invitational. Notre Dame moved up one spot from 18th last week.

Virginia is spending its 91st consecutive week in the Top 20 and its 29th consecutive week ranked among the nation’s Top Five.

ACC Rowing Teams Record Glowing Graduation Rates

All nine of the Atlantic Coast Conference schools that sponsor rowing recorded NCAA Graduation Success Rates (GSR) of 92 percent or better in the latest cohort (2014-15) released by the NCAA.

Four ACC schools had GSR rates of 100 percent in Boston College, Duke, North Carolina and Notre Dame. 

They were followed by Clemson (98), Louisville and Syracuse (each 95), Miami (94) and Virginia (92).

The ACC was the only Division 1 Rowing Conference to have all of its schools record GSR rates of 92 percent or better.

Four ACC Teams In Action This Weekend
Notre Dame and Duke Head to Dale Englund Cup; Syracuse Faces No. 3 Ohio State and Michigan State; Miami Hosts UCF

Four ACC teams--Notre Dame, Duke Syracuse and Miami, will be in action this Saturday as the rowing regular season begins to wind down in preparation for the postseason.

This weekend will mark just three weeks until the ACC Championship in Clemson, with the NCAA Championship scheduled May 27, 28 and 29 at Lake Natoma in Gold River, Calif.

Notre Dame, ranked 17th nationally this week, and Duke, listed among teams receiving votes in this week’s Collegiate Rowing Coaches Association national poll, will both be in action at the Dale Englund Cup. The Dale Englund Cup will be hosted by 14th-ranked Indiana and held in Bloomington, Indiana.

The Irish, coming off competing at the Lake Natoma Invitational last weekend, are coached by Martin Stone, while Duke, which did not compete last weekend, is coached by Megan Cooke Carcagno.

Navy will also be competing in the Dale England, which will begin at 11 a.m. ET.

Meanwhile, 16th-ranked Syracuse, coached by Justin Moore, which made the biggest jump in the polls this week, will head to Columbus, Ohio, to face two-time defending national champion Ohio State and Michigan State. The Buckeyes are currently ranked third nationally.

Syracuse’ First Varsity Four crew recorded the fastest time of any Four boat last weekend at the Clemson Invitational, posting an impressive 7:18.00 clocking.

Finally, Miami, coached  by Dave Sanderson, will be holding its only home competition of the spring,
when it hosts UCF Saturday on Miami Beach.

Th dual meet begins at 7:45 a.m. on Indian Creek on Miami Beach between 41st street and 63rd street bridges, and will conclude with the final race at 9:05 a.m. The two teams will compete in the First Varsity Eight, Second Varsity Eight, First Varsity Four and Second Varsity Four. After the meet, Miami will honor its seniors. The meet will be the Hurricanes final competition before the ACC Championship on May 13-14.

Virginia’s First Varsity Four Named ACC Crew of the Week
Cavaliers’ Crew Defeats Six Nationally Ranked Teams

Virginia’s First Varsity Four was named the Atlantic Coast Conference Crew of the Week after winning all three of its events Saturday and Sunday at the Clemson Invitational, held on Lake Hartwell in Clemson, South Carolina.

The Virginia 1V4, coached by Kevin Sauer,  finished first in its initial Saturday heat, posting a time of 7:40.0 in defeating 14th-ranked Washington State (7:53.1) by more than 13 seconds, while also outdistancing Clemson (7:58.4), 13th-ranked Indiana (8:00.2), Cornell (8:01.4), Penn (8:06.1) and UCF (8:10.5).

The UVA First Varsity Four then finished first in its Saturday afternoon heat, posting a time of 7:19.7 in defeating eighth-ranked Texas (7:22.6), third-ranked Ohio State (7:29.3), San Diego (7:31.7), Cornell (7:42.8) and Michigan State (8:09.3).
Finally on Sunday, the Virginia First Varsity Four posted a time of 7:29.5 in defeating 10th-ranked Michigan (7:35.7), 20th-ranked Syracuse (7:40.6), Oklahoma (7:43.9), UCLA (7:47.1) and Penn (8:05.09).

The Virginia First Varsity Four is composed of sophomore coxswain Rachel Dick (Bethesda, Maryland); junior stroke Taylor Leonard (Arlington, Va.); junior three-seat Marijane Brennan (Gross Pointe Farms, Mich.); sophomore two-seat Mackenzie Springer (Fairfax, Va.); and junior bow Karen Schulte (Trout Run, Pennsylvania).

The First Varsity Four finish was one of 12 races captured by the third-ranked Cavaliers last weekend.

Virginia’s First Varsity Four was selected over the Syracuse First Varsity Four crew, coached by Justin Moore, which posted the fastest time of the weekend in the event at the Clemson Invitational.  Syracuse covered the 2,000-yard distance in 7:18.00, defeating No. 17 Harvard Radcliffe (7:20.4), UCLA (7:24.4), 20th-ranked Louisville (7:25.3), host Clemson (7:32.4), No. 13 Indiana (7:38.3) and Penn (7:40.8). 

Virginia will be off this weekend and will next be in action on Saturday, April 30, when it travels to Austin, Texas, to face the eighth-ranked Texas Longhorns. 

Syracuse will travel to Columbus, Ohio, this Saturday to face third-ranked Ohio State and Michigan State.