Virginia's Varsity Eight Named ACC Crew of the Week

March 30, 2010

GREENSBORO, N.C. – Virginia’s First Varsity Eight was named the Atlantic Coast Conference Rowing Crew of the Week this week for capturing the Jessop-Whittier Cup, defeating 10th-ranked Southern California, 14th-ranked Harvard, 16th-ranked Washington State, Grand Valley State and UCLA Sunday at the San Diego Crew Classic in San Diego, Calif.

The Cavaliers’ First Varsity Eight Boat, composed of coxswain Sidney Thorsten (Atlanta, Ga.), Jennifer Cromwell (Bellevue, Wash.), Summers Nelson (Kansas City, Mo.), Desiree Burns (Poughkeepsie, N.Y.), Katrin Reinert (Stuttgart, Germany), Martha Kuzzy (Minneapolis, Minn.), Kristine O'Brien (Massapequa Park, N.Y.), Nora Phillips (Arlington, Va.) and Helen Tompkins (Friendswood, Tex.) posted a winning time of 6:34.20. Virginia bested 10th-ranked Southern California, which posted a time of 6:37.48. UCLA (6:41.95) was third, followed by No. 16 Washington State (6:44.06), No. 14 Harvard (6:53.33) and Grand Valley (6:58.20).

The UVa’s Varsity Eight 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.

Virginia, ranked 3rd nationally in the most recent CRCA national poll, won both races it competed in at the San Diego Crew Classic as UVa's Second Varsity Eight claimed the Jackie Ann Stitt Hungness Trophy with a first-place finish in a time of 6:50.00. Southern California (6:50.25) finished in second place, followed by Washington State (6:53.00), Virginia's Third Varsity Eight (6:54.89), UCLA (6:57.07) and Harvard (6:59.54).