NATIONAL CHAMPIONS: Virginia First Varsity Four Crew Wins NCAA Rowing Title

Cavaliers Claim Third Straight Fifth-Place Team Finish; Notre Dame Finishes 16th Nationally

Gold River, Calif.—Virginia’s First Varsity Four crew captured the national championship in its event Sunday, leading the Cavaliers to a third consecutive fifth-place team finish the NCAA Rowing Championship at the Sacramento State Aquatic Center on Lake Natoma in Gold River, California.

Virginia recorded its ninth consecutive team finish of sixth or better, a streak that dates back to 2006. The Cavaliers have now finished sixth or better in 17 of 19 NCAA championships, 15 times finishing in the top five.

Notre Dame, the ACC Championship runner-up, finished in 16th place with 41 points.

Anna Kottkamp, who rowed in Notre Dame’s First Varsity Eight crew, was named the winner of the 2015 Elite 89 Award as the rower with the highest GPA in the NCAA Rowing Championship. It marked the second year in a row that Kottkamp, a senior from Wenatchee, Wis., was so honored.    She recently gave the commencement address as the valedictorian of Notre Dame’s graduating class.

Ohio State, which captured its third-straight NCAA team title, finished in first place with 126 points, followed by California (114), Brown (112), Washington (110) and Virginia (104).

Virginia’s national championship First Varsity Four Crew of coxswain: Julia Roithmayr (Sr., Yorktown, Va.); 4-Seat: Maggie Bowman-Jones (Sr., Moss Beach, Calif.); 3-Seat: Marijane Brennan (So., Gross Pointe Farms, Mich.); 2-Seat: Hannah Solis-Cohen (Jr., New York, N.Y.);  and bow: Ellen Pate (So., Lafayette, Calif.).

Their win marked the 10th NCAA event championship for the ACC, but first since 2012. It is also  the ninth overall NCAA event championship for the Cavaliers and their fifth title in the First Varsity Four. The ACC has won six NCAA First Varsity Four championships, as Clemson claimed the 2009 event.

Virginia’s First Varsity Eight crew also had an impressive performance, finishing third and posting a time of 6:24.35, trailing only national champion Ohio State (6:18.15) and California (6:18.51).

UVa’s First Varsity Eight is composed of Coxswain: Colette Lucas-Conwell (So., Palo Alto, Calif.);  Stroke: Mackenzi Sherman (Jr., Loa Alamitos, Calif.); 7-Seat: Erin Briggs  (So., Orono, Minn]; 6-Seat: Georgia Ratcliff (So., Falls Church, Va.);  5-Seat: Eliza Spilsbury (Fr., Kent, Conn.); 4-Seat: Lizzy Youngling (Sr. Westport, Conn.); 3-Seat: Hemingway Benton (So., Stanwood, Wash.);  2-Seat: Sam Casto (Jr., Dallas, Pa.); Bow: Tessa Dikkers (Jr., Pellham N.Y.).

Virginia’s Second Varsity Eight crew finished in 12th place, finishing sixth in the Petite final with a time of 6:39.77.

Notre Dame’s First Varsity Four also finished 12th in a time of 7:32.743. Notre Dame’s First Varsity Eight and Second Varsity Eight both finished 17th, with fifth-place finishes in the C-Finals.

NCAA Division I Team Results:

1. Ohio State, 126; 2. California, 114; 3. Brown, 112; 4. Washington, 110; 5. Virginia, 104; 6. Stanford, 100; 7. Texas, 99; 8. Washington State, 92; 9. Yale, 86; 10. Michigan, 84; 11. Indiana, 73; 12. Princeton, 73; 13. Wisconsin, 65; 14. Harvard, 60; 15. Southern California, 45; 16. Notre Dame, 41; 17. Gonzaga, 37; 18. Northeastern, 29; 19. UCF, 25; 20. Massachusetts, 21; 21. Navy, 16;  22. Jacksonville, 6.

NCAA Individual Events Results

First Varsity Eight, Grand Final—1. Ohio State, 6:18.15; 2. California, 6:18.51; 3. Virginia, 6:24.35; 4. Texas, 6:27.17; 5. Stanford, 6:28.02; 6. Washington, 6:28.53.

First Varsity Eight, Petite Final (Places 7-12)—1. Brown, 6:24.73; 2. Michigan, 6:27.26; 3. Washington State, 6:29.02; 4. Indiana, 6:31.17; 5. Princeton, 6:32.41; 6. Harvard, 6:34.51

Second Varsity Eight, Grand Final—1. Brown, 6:25.99  2. Ohio State, 6:27.11; 3. Washington, 6:32.05; 4. Yale, 6:34.81;  5. California, 6:35.14; 6. Washington State, 6:39.72.

Second Varsity Eight, Petite Final (Places 7-12) —1. Stanford, 6:32.06; 2. Texas, 6:35.18; 3. Wisconsin, 6:35.74; 4. Michigan, 6:36.28; 5. Indiana, 6:37.64; 6. Virginia, 6:39.77.

First Varsity Four, Grand Final—1. Virginia, 7:12.76; 2. Yale, 7:12.92; 3. Brown, 7:13.07; 4. Washington, 7:21.73; 5. Ohio State, 7:23.21; 6. Princeton, 7:29.93.

First Varsity Four, Petite Final (Places 7-12)—1. Washington State, 7:24.361; 2. California, 7:28.253; 3. Stanford, 7:29.455; 4. Michigan, 7:30.335; 5. Texas, 7:32.551; 6. Notre Dame, 7:32.743.

Second Varsity Eight, C Final (Places 13-18)—1. Princeton, 6:46.443; 2. Harvard, 6:48.978; 3. Southern California, 6:56.421;  4. Northeastern, 7:00.674; 5. Notre Dame, 7:02.703; 6. Massachusetts, 7:02.760.

First Varsity Eight, C Final (Places 13-18)—1. Wisconsin, 6:36.01; 2. Yale, 6:38.92; 3. Gonzaga, 6:41.16; 4. Southern California, 6:44.22; 5. Notre Dame, 6:44.91; 6. UCF, 6:55.46.