Virginia Sets Five Event Records In Opening Round of 2015 ACC Rowing Championship

Syracuse, Louisville, Notre Dame, Clemson also Qualify for Five Grand Finals; Syracuse, Louisville and Notre Dame Also Better Previous Records

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Clemson, S.C.—Nationally third-ranked Virginia took advantage of excellent rowing conditions to set five event records in the qualifying rounds of the 16th Annual Atlantic Coast Conference Rowing Championship Friday on Lake Hartwell in Clemson, S.C.

The Cavaliers, coached by Kevin Sauer, shattered the First Varsity Eight ACC Championship mark by 12 seconds, recording a time of 6:10.0, bettering the previous ACC Championship mark of 6:22.0 set by Virginia on Lake Hartwell in 2008. Syracuse (6:15.8), which won heat two of the First Varsity Eight, Notre Dame (6:18.7), which finished second to Syracuse, and Louisville (6:21.9), which finished second to Virginia in the first heat of the 1V8, also bettered the previous ACC championship record.

Virginia also set ACC Rowing Championship records in the Second Varsity Eight, the First Varsity Four, Third Varsity Eight and the Second Varsity Four races.

Virginia and Syracuse both broke the old ACC Championship mark in the Second Varsity Eight of 6:28.1 set by UVa in 2007. Virginia recorded a time of 6:21.8 to set the new mark, while Syracuse also won its heat in a time of 6:26.2.

In the First Varsity Four, Virginia recorded a time of 7:01.0 to break its previous ACC Championship record of 7:08.1 set in 2010.

In the Second Varsity Four, Virginia recorded a time of 7:05.5 in the event, which had not been held in the Championship since 2001, when the Cavaliers had a time of 7:36.5.

Finally, in only the second year of the Third Varsity Eight race in the Championship, Virginia recorded a time of 6:25.3, bettering their winning time of 2014 of 6:38.2. Louisville, which captured heat two, also bettered the old mark with a 6:37.2 clocking. 

The Heats were held in excellent weather on a sunny afternoon, with temperatures in the high 70’s, with a slight quartering tailwind of one to five mph, gusting to 7 mph on occasion at the start of the competition, but growing progressively calmer throughout the event.

The ACC rowing Championships continue Saturday morning beginning at 8:05 a.m. with the Petite Final of the Third Varsity Eight race. The Championship will be video streamed live by the ESPN3 with Dean Linke handling the play-by-play and Steve Pritzker doing the color analysis.

 There is no charge for admission.

The Results

Quartering tail wind 1-5 mph with gusts to 7 mph growing progressively weaker throughout the afternoon.

Third Varsity Eight—Heat 1--1. Virginia, 6:25.3; 2. Notre Dame, 6:42.7; 3. Clemson, 6:56.7; 4. North Carolina, 7:04.5

Third Varsity Eight—Heat 2--1.Louisville, 6:37.1; 2. Syracuse, 6:39.7; 3. Boston College, 6:53.5; 4 Duke, 7:22.0.

Second Varsity Four—Heat 1--1.  Virginia, 7:05.5; 2. Syracuse, 7:24.5; 3. Clemson, 7:32.0; 4. North Carolina, 7:46.4.

Second Varsity Four—Heat 2--1. Louisville, 7:19.6; 2. Notre Dame, 7:20.8; 3. Boston College,  7:35.4; 4. Duke, 7:58.0.

First Varsity Four—Heat 1--1.  Virginia, 7:01.0;  2. Louisville, 7:12.2; 3. Clemson, 7:21.5; 4. North Carolina, 7:25.9; 5. Miami, 7:51.5.

First Varsity Four—Heat 2--1.  Syracuse, 7:10.0; 2. Notre Dame, 7:12.4; 3. Boston College, 7:32.0; 4. Duke, 7:36.2

Second Varsity Eight—Heat 1—1, Virginia, 6:21.8; 2. Louisville, 6:29.4; 3. Clemson, 6:34.4; 4. North Carolina, 6:46.8; 5. Miami, 6:54.6.

Second Varsity Eight—Heat 2—1. Syracuse, 6:26.2; 2. Notre Dame, 6:30.0; 3. Duke, 6:33.9; 4. Boston College, 6:43.0.

First Varsity Eight—Heat 1—1.Virginia, 6:10.0; 2. Louisville, 6:21.9; 3. Clemson, 6:30.6; 4. Miami, 6:38.6.

First Varsity Eight—Heat 2—1. Syracuse, 6:15.8; 2. Notre Dame, 6:18.7; 3. Duke, 6:29.0; 4. Boston College, 6:34.0.

 

Saturday ACC Rowing Championship Finals—Lane Assignments

Third Varsity Eight Petite Final—8:05 a.m.
Lane 3—Duke
Lane 4—North Carolina

Grand Final—8:15 a.m.
Lane 1—Boston College
Lane 2—Clemson
Lane 3—Syracuse
Lane 4—Notre Dame
Lane 5—Louisville
Lane 6--Virginia

Second Varsity Four Petite Final—8:30 a.m.
Lane 3--Duke
Lane 4—North Carolina 

Grand Final—8:40 a.m.
Lane 1—Boston College
Lane 2—Clemson
Lane 3—Notre Dame
Lane 4—Syracuse
Lane 5—Louisville
Lane 6--Virginia 

First Varsity Four Petite Final—8:55 a.m.
Lane 2—Miami
Lane 3—Duke
Lane 4—North Carolina 

Grand Final—9:05 a.m.
Lane 1—Boston College
Lane 2—Clemson
Lane 3—Notre Dame
Lane 4—Louisville
Lane 5—Syracuse
Lane 6--Virginia 

Second Varsity Eight Petite Final—9:20 a.m.
Lane 2—Miami
Lane 3—Boston College
Lane 4—North Carolina 

Grand Final—9:30 a.m.                                    
Lane 1—Duke
Lane 2—Clemson
Lane 3—Notre Dame
Lane 4—Louisville
Lane 5—Syracuse
Lane 6--Virginia

First Varsity Eight Petite Final—9:45 a.m.
Lane 2—North Carolina
Lane 3—Boston College
Lane 4—Miami 

Grand Final—9:55 a.m.
Lane 1—Duke
Lane 2—Clemson
Lane 3—Notre Dame
Lane 4—Louisville
Lane 5—Syracuse
Lane 6--Virginia 

Saturday’s Finals Revised Schedule
8:05 a.m.—Third Varsity Eight Petite Final
8:15 a.m.—Third Varsity Eight Grand Final
8:30 a.m.—Second Varsity Four Petite Final
8:40 a.m.—Second Varsity Four Grand Final
8:55 a.m.—First Varsity Four, Petite Final
9:05 a.m.—First Varsity Four, Grand Final
9:20 a.m.—Second Varsity Eight, Petite Final
9:30 a.m.—Second Varsity Eight, Grand Final
9:45 a.m.—First Varsity Eight, Petite Final
9:55 a.m.—First Varsity Eight, Grand Final
10:30 a.m.—ACC Championship Awards Ceremony