Fitth-Ranked Virginia Seeded First In All Four ACC Rowing Championship Events

April 19, 2011

Greensboro, NC--Virginia, the nation's No. 5-ranked rowing team, heads into the Saturday's 12th Annual Atlantic Coast Conference Rowing Championships, top-seeded in all four events--the First Varsity Eight, the Second Varsity Eight, the First Varsity Four and the Novice Eight--as the Cavaliers seek to claim their 11th ACC title in 12 attempts. Virginia's only loss in the ACC Championships came to Clemson in 2009, ironically in the only ACC Championship held at Oak Ridge, Tenn., and by a single point, 55-54.

Virginia captured the 2010 ACC title, held last year at Lake Hartwell, in a runaway, taking all four events to win by ten points, 60-50 over the host Tigers.

Clemson, ranked 14th nationally, again figures to be the main competition for the Cavaliers as the Tigers, under first-year head coach Robbie Tenenbaum have posted excellent times this year in the First Varsity Eight and the in Novice Eight competitions. Though seeded second in the event at the ACC Championships, the Tiger's First Varsity Eight has recorded the fastest time this year in this event, a 6:25.0 effort in defeating 17th-ranked UCLA this past weekend.

Clemson is the only ACC school besides Virginia to claim an event victory in the ACC Championships. The Tigers took the prestigious First Varsity Eight and the First Varsity Four races in 2009, the Novice Eight races in 2005 and 2008 and the First Varsity Four in 2001. The Tigers' First Varsity Four took the national title at the 2009 NCAA National Championships.

Saturday's meet marks the 9th time Clemson has hosted the ACC Rowing Championships, which saw its inaugural Championship held on Lake Monticello just outside of Charlottesville, Va. Virginia also hosted the 2003 Rowing Championships on Lake Monticello and the 2009 event was held in Oak Ridge, Tenn., due to lower water conditions on Lake Hartwell. All other ACC Rowing Championships have been held at Clemson.

The 2011 ACC Rowing Championships will begin at 9 a.m. with the First Varsity Four, continuing, in order, with the Novice 8+ (9:20 am), the Second Varsity 8+ (9:40 a.m.), and finally, with the First Varsity 8+ at 10 a.m.

SCHEDULE OF EVENTS

Varsity 4+9 am
Lane 1 (Seed #5)North Carolina
Lane 2 (Seed #3)Duke
Lane 3 (Seed #1)Virginia
Lane 4 (Seed #2) Clemson
Lane 5 (Seed #4) Boston College
Lane 6 (Seed #6) Miami

Novice 8+9:20 am

Lane 1 (Seed #5)Boston College
Lane 2 (Seed #3) North Carolina
Lane 3 (Seed #1) Virginia
Lane 4 (Seed #2) Clemson
Lane 5 (Seed #4) Duke
Lane 6 (Seed #6) Open

Second Varsity 8+9:40 am
Lane 1 (Seed #5)Boston College
Lane 2 (Seed #3)Duke
Lane 3 (Seed #1) Virginia
Lane 4 (Seed #2) Clemson
Lane 5 (Seed #4) Miami
Lane 6 (Seed #6)North Carolina

First Varsity 8+ 10 am
Lane 1 (Seed #5)Boston College
Lane 2 (Seed #3)Duke
Lane 3 (Seed #1) Virginia
Lane 4 (Seed #2) Clemson
Lane 5 (Seed #4) Miami