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May 29, 2011
GOLD RIVER, Calif. - The Virginia rowing team finished sixth in the final team standings with 69 points at the 2011 NCAA Championships, held on Lake Natoma in Gold River, Calif. NCAA Champion Brown finished with 85 points, edging second-place Stanford's 85 points by virtue of a higher finish in the Varsity Eight grand final.
Virginia, last year's national champion, finished second in the Varsity Four, fifth in the Second Varsity Eight and seventh in the Varsity Eight.
"This team's journey this year was hard and they did a great job with it," Virginia head coach Kevin Sauer said. "We finished sixth in the country and we can walk out of here with our heads up. As a coaching staff, we are proud of this team not just for today but for the journey. We had some good finishes today and we will learn from those things we were a little bit short on."
Third place went to California (83 points), followed by fourth-place Princeton (72 points) and fifth-place Southern California (72 points). Princeton won the tiebreaker with USC by virtue of a higher finish in the Varsity Eight.
Virginia's Varsity Four earned the silver medal with a second-place finish in its grand final (7:11.39). Cal took first place in that race (7:09.60). Virginia led by a slim margin at the 500-meter mark but California took the lead at the halfway mark and held on for the victory.
"The Four is a great boat and [associate head coach] Steve [Pritzker] has done a great job with them," Sauer said. "They got off to a good start, but Cal kept banging away and was able to get through us in the middle of the race. We gave it everything we had and Cal was just a little bit better today and had a great race to win it. To be the second-best Four in the country is still pretty good stuff."
Sacramento, CA - The Clemson women's rowing team completed the final day of the NCAA Championships on Sunday with a 15th place team finish. The Tigers are one of only 13 schools nationally to finish in the Final 16 of the NCAA Rowing Championships in each of the last three years.
"I am incredibly proud of our team," said Clemson head coach Robbie Tenenbaum. "We raced three great races today and everyone finished the season on a great note."
After competitions on Friday, the three Tiger crews advanced on to today's Third Level final. In the Varsity 4 third final, the Tigers finished third with a time of 7:34.71, which gave them a 15th place overall finish. The 2nd Varsity 8 finished second in their third final with a time of 6:34.91, just .46 seconds behind Dartmouth. The 2V8 crew also finished 15th overall. In the 1st Varsity 8 third final, the Tigers finished third with a time of 6:38.47, giving them a 15th-place overall finish.