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May 7, 2013
GRENSBORO, N.C. (theACC.com) -- Virginia's First Varsity Eight crew, which has defeated seven Top 20 teams over the past three weeks, including 3rd-ranked Ohio State and 6th-ranked UCLA, was named the Atlantic Coast Conference Rowing Crew of the Week, the ACC announced Tuesday.
The Cavaliers are ranked fifth nationally in the weekly Collegiate Rowing Coaches Association (CRCA) Top 20.
On April 20, Virginia recorded a pair of impressive wins, posting a time of 6:24.1 in defeating No. 3 Ohio State, 19th-ranked Louisville, 20th-ranked Oklahoma, Minnesota and Central Florida at Clemson in the morning session, then recorded a season-best time of 6:12.8 in downing No. 6 UCLA, 13th-ranked Michigan, 17th-ranked Cornell, Duke and Oregon State in the afternoon competition.
The Cavaliers came back a week later to defeat 14th-ranked Wisconsin with a time of 6:23.8 and Michigan State at the UVa Invitational on Lake Monticello.
Virginia's First Varsity Eight crew is composed of junior coxswain Sarah Jordan (Flourtown, Pa.), junior Constanze Duell (Oberschleissheim, Germany), sophomore Chandler Lally (Bryn Mawr, Pa.), senior Kristine O'Brien (Massapequa Park, N.Y.), graduate student Sarah Cowburn (Worcestershire, England), junior Fiona Schlesinger (New Maiden, Surrey, United Kingdom), senior Suzanne Grainger (London, Ontario, Canada), sophomore Hemingway Benton (Glencoe, Ill.) and sophomore Lizzy Youngling (Westport, Conn).
Virginia's First Varsity Eight was chosen over crews from Clemson (Novice 8), Duke (First Varsity Eight) and Boston College (Second Varsity Eight), all nominated for ACC Crew of the Week honors.
This is the second time this year that Virginia's First Varsity Eight Crew has been named ACC Crew of the Week. The Cavaliers 1V8+ boat earned the first ACC Crew of the Week citation for the 2013 season on March 27, for its performance at the Cardinal Invite in Oak Hill, Tenn.
Virginia will be seeking to defend its ACC Rowing title this Sunday, May 12, when Clemson hosts the 14th Annual Atlantic Coast Conference Rowing Championship. Last year, the Cavaliers' First Varsity Eight boat secured UVa's 12th ACC Rowing title in 13 years by capturing the final race of the day. Virginia has won the First Varsity Eight event 12 of 13 times at the ACC Championships, losing only in 2009 when Clemson claimed its only ACC Rowing title.