Virginia Finishes Third at 2016 NCAA Rowing Championship
Cavaliers Highest Championship Finish Since Winning National Title in 2012
11th Straight Top-Six Finish for UVA; Syracuse Finishes 13th, Duke 17th
Virginia, one of only three schools to place all three of their crews in the Grand Finals, recorded its highest finish at the NCAA Rowing Championships, since winning the event in 2012, by placing third Sunday at the Sacramento Aquatic Center in Gold River, California with 112 points.
California broke the three-year hold on the event by Ohio State, totaling 129 points to win the National Championship, while the Buckeyes were second with 126.
With the third-place finish, the Cavaliers, coached by Kevin Sauer, have now placed sixth or better for the 11th consecutive year. The effort marked the eighth time the Cavaliers have finish third or better in the Championship.
The event marked the first time three ACC teams have received bids to the NCAA Championships.
“We were striving for first obviously, but as things played out over the weekend we knew this championship was going to be pretty competitive,” said Sauer. “We were reaching for the stars, but I’m very proud of the team and how they handled themselves throughout the weekend. We got better each day, rose to the challenges and did a fantastic job.”
Syracuse, coached by Justin Moore, placed 13th in the team competition with 58 points in its first appearance in the NCAA Championships since 2002.
“When you come to a championship regatta you are dealing with all of the best teams in the country,” said Moore. “There are no better athletes and no better coaches anywhere else. It was a really good performance. It means that the athletes and coaches were on point. I am very pleased about that.”
“We have two seniors in each boat, which means we return 18 women,” continued Moore. “The experience they gained here is invaluable. I think that you have to do it before you do it really well. The way the team performed here left us thinking that we have the ability to come back and become a perennial top-10 team in the country.”
Duke, coached by first-year head coach Megan Cooke Carcagno, made its first appearance
at the Championship and finished in the tie with Gonzaga for 16th place with 45 points. The Blue Devils, though, dropped the tiebreaker (finish of the First Varsity Eight boat) to the Zags and finished in 17th position.
Virginia saw its First Varsity Eight boat record a third-place finish, posting a time of 7:12.071. The Cavaliers got a fourth-place effort by its Second Varsity Eight crew, which recorded a time of 6:33.662. Finally, UVA’s First Varsity Eight boat came in fifth with a time of 6:23.308.
Syracuse placed 12th in the First Varsity Eight in a time of 6:31.733, after earning a spot in the Petite Final. The Orange also posted a 14th place effort in the First Varsity Four with a time of 7:25.635 and were 15th in the Second Varsity Eight in a time of 6:37.067.
Duke placed 13th in both the Second Varsity Eight (6:34.803) and the First Varsity Four (7:22.311). The Blue Devils were 18th in the First Varsity Eight, with a time of 6:31.650.