Virginia, Notre Dame Earn Bids to 2015 Rowing NCAA Championship

ACC Has Two Teams in 21-Team Field for Second Straight Year, Fifth Overall

GREENSBORO, N.C. – With third-ranked Virginia and 19th-ranked Notre Dame earning invitations to the 2015 NCAA Rowing Championship, the Atlantic Coast Conference will have two teams in NCAA Rowing Championships for the second straight year and fifth time overall.

The NCAA Rowing Championship will be held May 29-31 at the Sacramento State Aquatic Center in Gold River, Calif.

Virginia, which just captured its sixth straight ACC Rowing title last Saturday in Clemson, S.C., and is coached by Kevin Sauer, is one of 10 conference champions which earned automatic bids. The Cavaliers are appearing in their ninth straight NCAA Championship and UVa has made eight consecutive top six finishes, including winning National Championships in 2010 and 2012. Virginia has earned a bid to the NCAAs in 17 of the last 18 years and has finished in the top four 10 times.

Notre Dame, in its second year in the ACC, earned one of 11 at-large NCAA Championship berths after finishing second at the ACC Rowing championship last Saturday. The Irish, coached by Martin Stone, are making their fourth straight appearance in the NCAA Rowing Championship and sixth overall.  Notre Dame tied its best all-time NCAA finish last year, placing ninth overall as they did in 2006.

Virginia, which has won eight individual NCAA event titles, is seeded  sixth in the First Varsity Eight, second in the Second Varsity Eight and third in the First Varsity Four.

Notre Dame is seeded 14th in the First Varsity Eight and First Varsity Four and 15th in the Second Varsity Eight.