ACC Rowing: Virginia First Varsity Eight Named ACC Crew of the Week

Cavaliers Capture First 2016 Honor After Dominating at the Oak Ridge Invitational

GREENSBORO, N.C. ( — Virginia’s First Varsity Eight was named the Atlantic Coast Conference Crew of the Week Tuesday after defeating seven schools—including three nationally-ranked opponents—in three races at last weekend’s Oak Ridge Invitational, held on Lake Melton in Oak Ridge, Tennessee.

The Cavaliers, who are ranked fourth nationally this week, recorded a time of 6:22.99 in defeating 11th-ranked Michigan, Clemson and UCF in their first race of the weekend on Saturday morning.

Virginia then came back to post an impressive time of 6:07.845 with the help of a slight current in defeating 17th-ranked Notre Dame, Michigan State and Kansas on Saturday afternoon.

Finally, the UVA 1V8 crew posted a 6:29.454 time in defeating 20th-ranked Louisville, Clemson and Oklahoma on Sunday morning.

The Virginia First Varsity Eight is composed of Coxswain Colette Lucas-Conwell (Jr, Palo Alto, California); Stroke Mackenzi Sherman (Sr., Los Alamitos, California); Seven-seat Tessa Dikkers (Sr., Pelham, New York); Six-seat Georgia Ratcliff (Jr., Falls Church, Virginia); Five-seat Eliza Spilsbury (So., Centreville, Massachusetts); Four-seat Erin Briggs (Jr., Orono, Minnesota); Three-seat Heidi Long (Fr., Buckinghamshire, England); Two-seat Alice Darry (So., West Melton, New Zealand) and Bow Sam Casto (Sr., Dallas, Pennsylvania)

UVA’s First Varsity Eight crew was chosen over North Carolina’s First Varsity Eight, which posted a time of 7:03.65 in defeating George Mason by almost nine seconds in a dual meet Saturday on Lake Lure.

Virginia, coached by Kevin Sauer, will next be in action on Sunday in a dual meet with Yale on the Rivanna River in Earlysville, Virginia.

North Carolina, coached by Sarah Haney, will next host Old Dominion, Georgetown and West Virginia on March 25 on Lake Wheeler in Raleigh, North Carolina.

The 17th Annual Atlantic Coast Conference Rowing Championships will be held on Friday, May 13 and Saturday, May 14 at Lake Hartwell in Clemson, South Carolina.

The 2016 ACC Rowing Championship finals will be available live on ESPN3