Rowing ACCtion: Weekend of March 27-28

March 28, 2010

No. 3 Virginia Rowing Wins Both Its Races at San Diego Crew Classic

SAN DIEGO, Calif. - The third-ranked Virginia rowing team won both races it competed in at the San Diego Crew Classic on Sunday (March 28). UVa's Varsity Eight finished first and won the Jessop-Whittier Cup, while the Second Varsity Eight claimed the Jackie Ann Stitt Hungness Trophy with a first-place finish.

UVa's Third Varsity Eight finished fourth in the grand final for the Jackie Ann Stitt Hungness Trophy to round out the Cavaliers' competition at the event.

The Varsity Eight of coxswain of Sidney Thorsten, Jennifer Cromwell, Summers Nelson, Desiree Burns, Katrin Reinert, Martha Kuzzy, Kristine O'Brien, Nora Phillips and Helen Tompkins won the race with a time of 6:34.20. Second-place went to 10th-ranked USC with a time of 6:37.48, followed by UCLA (6:41.95), No. 16 Washington State (6:44.06), No. 14 Harvard (6:53.33) and Grand Valley (6:58.20).

The Varsity Eight got off to a quick start and led the entire race, increasing its lead as the race went on. The crew was 2-0 at the San Diego Crew Classic, as the Cavaliers won their heat Saturday to advance to the grand final.

Duke's Top Boat Takes Second at Occoquan Sprints

WOODBRIDGE, Va. - Duke's top boat took second place in the women's varsity eight at the Occoquan Sprints final on Sunday afternoon, while the second varsity eight also claimed second in the JV8+ competition on the Occoquan Reservoir.

Duke's A entry in the V8+, composed of junior Alex Japhet, sophomores Kathy Smithwick, Rory Erickson-Kulas, Kathryn Lowry, Caroline Fox and Stephi Rosser and freshmen Justine Hong (coxswain), Laura Sciarrino and Emily Theys, posted a time of 6:21.2570 in the six-boat final. That was just over three seconds behind winner Bucknell, which posted a 6:18.2000, and over 13 seconds in front of third-place finisher Temple.

Duke's A entry advanced to the final after running away with a first-place finish in their first V8+ heat with a time of 6:45.2000, which was over eight seconds faster than the runner-up.

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Tar Heels Keep Class of 2006 Cup

WASHINGTON, D.C. - The North Carolina rowing team picked up valuable experience and retained the Class of 2006 Cup in a morning of racing against Georgetown Saturday on the Potamac River. The Tar Heels won the varsity eight and varsity four races, the former of which determines which school keeps the trophy for the coming year. UNC also had the trophy in 2009.

Times for Saturday's races are not yet available. Georgetown took wins in the second varsity eight and novice four. In addition, the Hoyas' lightweight second varsity eight beat the UNC novice eight.

The Tar Heels now turn their attention to Sunday's Occoquan Sprints in Occoquan, Va. "We're very happy about the morning, and the team is pretty pumped about keeping the Cup," Carolina coach Sarah Haney said. "We know we have some things to work on for tomorrow and for the weeks ahead, but we feel good that the effort that we put out today equated a victory."