North Carolina First Varsity Eight Named ACC Crew of the Week

Tar Heels Top West Virginia, Georgetown in Separate Races

GREENSBORO, N.C. ( — North Carolina’s First Varsity Eight was named the Atlantic Coast Conference Crew of the Week Tuesday after defeating Georgetown and West Virginia in separate races, held last Friday on Lake Wheeler in Raleigh, N.C.

The Tar Heels, coached by Sarah Haney, defeated Georgetown (7:05.24) by more than five seconds, posting a time of 7:00.9. The win led a UNC effort that reclaimed the Class of 2006 Cup from Georgetown. The Class of 2006 Cup goes to the winner of the North Carolina-Georgetown First Varsity Eight race each year. The Hoyas had maintained control of the Cup for the past four years.

UNC’s First Varsity Eight, competing in its only home regatta of the year, then defeated West Virginia, posting a 6:52.5 clocking to edge the Mountaineers’ time of 6:54.1.

The North Carolina First Varsity Eight is composed of coxswain Kylee Wooten (Sr., Winston-Salem, North Carolina); Egan Berne (Jr., Chicago, Illinois); Lauren Colberg (Sr., Cary, North Carolina); Stephanie Wangerin (Jr., Jacksonville, North Carolina); Nina Luker (So., Radnor, Pennsylvania); Morgan Donnelly (So., Huntersville, North Carolina); Victoria McGee (Sr., Kernersville, North Carolina); Chelsea Gustafson (Sr., Cary, North Carolina); and Bryn Melanson (So., Boston, Massachusetts).

The North Carolina First Varsity Eight was chosen for ACC Crew of the Week over the First Varsity Four of Boston College.

BC’s First Varsity Four, coached by Steve Fiske, came in second last Saturday only to 13th-ranked Harvard-Radcliffe in a five-team race on the Charles River in Boston. BC’s First Varsity Four recorded a time of 7:42.0 in defeating Northeastern (7:47.5), Boston University (7:55.9) and MIT (8:25.3), losing only to Harvard-Radcliffe (7:27.8).

North Carolina will next be in action this Sunday in the Occoquan Sprints on the Occoquan (Virginia) Reservoir. On tap next for Boston College, the Eagles will again face MIT this Saturday in a race on the Charles River in Boston.

Both teams will also be in action at the 17th Annual Atlantic Coast Conference Rowing Championships, which will be held on Friday, May 13 and Saturday, May 14 on Lake Hartwell in Clemson, South Carolina.

The 2016 ACC Rowing Championship finals will be available live on ESPN3.