Rowing NCAA Regional ACCtion: Weekend of May 15-16

May 16, 2010

No. 3 Virginia Wins Team Titles and Four Races at South/Central Regionals

OAK RIDGE, Tenn. - For the fourth-consecutive year, the third-ranked Virginia rowing team won both the overall team title and the South Region title at the 2010 South/Central Regional Championships. Additionally, the Cavaliers rowed to victories in four out of the five Grand Finals on Sunday (May 16), getting wins in the Varsity Eight, Second Varsity Eight, Varsity Four and Open Four.

"I'm so proud of this entire team," Virginia head coach Kevin Sauer said. "For them to perform the way they did today was truly amazing. We challenged them to race to their abilities and they did a fantastic job. We are looking forward to keeping it going."

Virginia has now won the Aramark Cup (combined points leader of the South and Central Region standings) six out of seven years. As for winning the South Region, the Cavaliers have won seven of the last eight years.

Virginia finished with 451 points, while Wisconsin earned the second-highest total in both regions and won the Central Region with 405 points. Rounding out the top five was Michigan State (387 points), Michigan (386 points) and Clemson (369 points).

Clemson Rowing Finishes Fifth at South/Central Regionals

OAK RIDGE, Tenn. - The Clemson rowing team finished fifth and the South & Central Regionals held in Oak Ridge, Tennessee. The Tigers took second in the South region for the third consecutive season with 369 total points. Virginia claimed the overall championships with 451 points.

Clemson's Varsity Eight crew finished third in the grand final with a time of 6:31.46. ACC foe Virginia took the win in the Varsity Eight race with Michigan State finishing second, Michigan fourth, Wisconsin fifth and Tennessee sixth.

The Second Varsity Eight crew took fifth in the grand final with a time of 6:48.24. Virginia won the race, followed by Wisconsin, Ohio State, Michigan and Tennessee.

In the Varsity Four, the Tigers finished sixth in the grand final with a time of 7:43.93. Virginia came in first with Wisconsin taking second, Michigan State third, Iowa fourth and Michigan fifth.

The Tigers' Open Four finished in third place in a time of 7:39.06 in the grand final. Virginia's "B" crew took first and their "A" crew was second. Ohio State, Wisconsin and Virginia's "C" crew were fourth, fifth and sixth respectively.

Duke V8 Takes First in C Final at South Regional

OAK RIDGE, Tenn. - Duke's varsity eight took first place in the C Final at the 2010 Central/South Region Aramark Sprints while the second varsity eight also took third place in its C Final.

Duke's varsity eight crew of Justine Hong, Emily Theys, Rory Erickson-Kulas, Alex Japhet, Laura Sciarrino, Kathy Smithwick, Caroline Fox, Kathryn Lowry and Stephanie Rosser posted a time of 6:39.50 in their final to finish ahead of Central Florida (6:40.36) by less than one second. Duke also finished ahead Texas (6:43.03), Alabama (6:45.42), Indiana (6:49.07) and Tulsa (6:50.96) in the C Final to collect 108 of Duke's 156 points in the final standings.

Duke's 6:39.50 was the team's fastest time of the weekend after the Blue Devils posted a 6:48.50 in the semifinal round. The Blue Devils also notched first place in the C/D semifinal to earn a trip to the C Final.

Hurricanes Rowers Conclude Season at Aramark Sprints

OAK RIDGE, Tenn. - The University of Miami rowing team pulled together a second place finish in the Varsity 8+ "D" finals on Sunday, concluding the 2009-10 UM rowing season at the Aramark South/Central Regional Championships at Melton Hill Lake in Oak Ridge, Tenn. The event was hosted by the University of Tennessee.

After facing some of the best racing in the country Saturday, the Hurricanes went into Sunday's action knowing exactly what to expect. The `Canes were seeded fifth going into the "D" finals, but came away with positive results after posting good finishes in opening-day action.

UM would take part in just one race on Sunday, the varsity eight "D" finals. Hurricanes head rowing coach Andrew Carter, in just his first year guiding the UM program, saw positive signs on Saturday, and expected Sunday to be even better.