Virginia, Notre Dame Represent ACC at NCAA Championships

Cavaliers Return to the Site of Their 2010 National Championship

Fighting Irish Make Sixth NCAA Appearance

WATCH LIVE at NCAA.com 

Greensboro, N.C.—The Atlantic Coast Conference will be represented by two teams at this week’s NCAA Rowing Championships for the second straight year and fifth overall, when fourth-ranked Virginia and 16th-ranked Notre Dame compete in the NCAA’s this Friday, Saturday and Sunday at the Sacramento State Aquatic Center on Lake Natoma in Gold River, California.

Virginia will be returning to the site of its 2010 national title while Notre Dame will be making its sixth overall appearance in the NCAA’s and fourth straight.

The NCAA Rowing Championships will be streamed live and available through the following link: http://www.ncaa.com/liveschedule.

Coached by Kevin Sauer, Virginia has won two national titles. The Cavaliers also claimed the 2012 crown and have captured eight event championships. UVa is seeded sixth in the First Varsity Eight, second in the Second Varsity Eight and third in the First Varsity Four. In all, the Cavaliers have won one NCAA title in the First Varsity Eight (2012), three in the Second Varsity Eight (1998, 1999, 2005) and four championships in the First Varsity Four (2004, 2005, 2007, 2010). Virginia still holds the NCAA Championship record in the First Varsity Four with a 7:07.98 clocking at Gold River in 2010.

On Friday, Virginia and Notre Dame will compete in the same heats in each of three events: the third heat of the First Varsity Eight at 12:20 p.m.; the second heat of the Second Varsity Eight at 1 p.m.; and the third heat of the First Varsity Four at 1:50 p.m.

Notre Dame, coached by Martin Stone, will be seeking to improve on its ninth-place team finish in last year’s NCAA Championships. That performance tied the best national team finish for the Irish who also finished ninth in 2006. Notre Dame is led by senior Anna Kottkamp, who is part of the First Varsity Eight crew. Kottkamp, from Wenatchee, Wash., was the 2014 NCAA Elite 89 Award winner for Rowing , as the rower with the highest cumulative GPA at last year’s NCAA Rowing Championship. She recently gave the commencement address as the valedictorian of Notre Dame’s graduating class.

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

A year ago at the 2014 NCAA Championship at Eagle Creek Park in Indianapolis, Indiana, in less than perfect weather racing conditions, Virginia finished fifth as a team with 105 points. The Cavaliers finished 8th in the First Varsity Eight (6:55.906), third in the Second Varsity Eight (7:02.028) and third in the First Varsity Four (7:45.948).

Notre Dame was ninth as a team, posting a ninth-place finish in the First Varsity Eight (6:55.906), ninth in the Second Varsity Eight (7:06.847) and 12th in the First Varsity Four (8:07.649).

Virginia has finished in the top five of the NCAA Championships 13 times and in the top six 16 times. 

2015 NCAA Rowing Championship Schedule
Sacramento State Aquatic Center, Gold River, Calif., May 29-31, 2015
(All times Pacific)

Friday, May 29
9:10 a.m.         First Varsity Eight,  Heat 1
9:20 a.m.         First Varsity Eight, Heat 2
9:30 a.m.         First Varsity Eight, Heat 3
9:40 a.m.         First Varsity Eight, Heat 4
9:50 a.m.         Second Varsity Eight, Heat 1
10:00 a.m.       Second Varsity Eight, Heat 2
10:10 a.m.       Second Varsity Eight, Heat 3
10:20 a.m.       Second Varsity Eight, Heat 4
10:30 a.m.       First Varsity Four, Heat 1
10:40 a.m.       First Varsity Four, Heat 2
10:50 a.m.       First Varsity Four, Heat 3
11:00 a.m.       First Varsity Four, Heat 4
3:50 p.m.         First Varsity Eight Repechage 1
4:00 p.m.         First Varsity Eight Repechage 2
4:10 p.m.         Second Varsity Eight Repechage 1
4:20 p.m.         Second Varsity Eight Repechage 2
4:30 p.m.         First Varsity Four Repechage 1
4:40 p.m.         First Varsity Four Repechage 2

Saturday, May 30
8:30 a.m.         First Varsity Eights C/D Semifinals
8:40 a.m.         First Varsity Eights C/D Semifinals
8:50 a.m.         First Varsity Eights A/B Semifinals
9:00 a.m.         First Varsity Eights A/B Semifinals
9:10 a.m.         Second Varsity Eights C/D Semifinals
9:20 a.m.         Second Varsity Eights C/D Semifinals
9:30 a.m.         Second Varsity Eights A/B Semifinals
9:40 a.m.         Second Varsity Eights A/B Semifinals
9:50 a.m.         First Varsity Fours C/D Semifinals
10:00 a.m.       First Varsity Fours C/D Semifinals
10:10 a.m.       First Varsity Fours A/B Semifinals
10:20 a.m.       First Varsity Fours A/B Semifinals 

Sunday, May 31
8:30 a.m.         First Varsity Four D Final (places 19-22)
8:40 a.m.         First Varsity Four C Final (places 13-18)
8:50 a.m.         Second Varsity Eights D Final (places 19-22)
9:00 a.m.         Second Varsity Eights C Final (places 13-18)
9:10 a.m.         First Varsity Eights D Final (places 19-22)
9:20 a.m.         First Varsity Eights C Final (places 13-18)
10:12 a.m.       First Varsity Fours Petite Final (places 7-12)
10:24 a.m.       First Varsity Fours Grand Final (places 1-6)
10:36 a.m.       Second Varsity Eights Petite Final (places 7-12)
10:48 a.m.       Second Varsity Eights Grand Final (places 1-6)
11:00 a.m.       First Varsity Eights Petite Final (places 7-12)
11:12 a.m.       First Varsity Eights Grand Final (places 1-6)
12:10 p.m.       Division 1 Awards Ceremony