Virginia’s First Varsity Eight Named ACC Crew of the Week

Cavaliers Defeat Eighth-Ranked Texas to Lead UVA Sweep

GREENSBORO, NC ( — Virginia’s First Varsity Eight was named the Atlantic Coast Conference Crew of the Week after leading the fourth-ranked Cavaliers to a sweep of all four races against eight-ranked Texas last Saturday on Lake Walter E. Long in Austin, Texas.

The Virginia 1V8, coached by Kevin Sauer, and with the aid of a 6-to-10 mile per hour tailwind, recorded a season’s best time of 5:58.8 in defeating the First Varsity Eight crew from Texas (6:03.2).

This marks the second ACC Crew of the Week Award for the Virginia 1V8, which was also honored on March 15.

The win set the tone for the day for Virginia, as its Second Varsity Eight posted its best time of the year, a 6:05.7 clocking in defeating the Longhorn crew (6:07.7) by just two seconds. The Cavaliers First Varsity Four finished 11 seconds in front of its Texas counterparts (7:01.7) with its fastest clocking of the year (6:50.3). and the UVA Second Varsity Four also had its best time of the year (6:59.5) in besting two Texas teams.

Virginia’s First Varsity Eight is composed of coxswain Colette Lucas-Conwell (Jr., Palo Alto, Calif.), Stroke: Tessa Dikkers (Sr., Pelham, N.Y.), 7: Georgia Ratcliff (Jr., Falls Church, Va.), 6: Eliza Spilsbury (So., Centreville, Mass.), 5: Heidi Long (Fr., Buckinghamshire, England), 4: Erin Briggs (Jr., Orono, Minn.), 3: Jennifer Reid (Sr., Stafford, Va.), 2: Alice Darry (So., West Melton, New Zealand), and Bow: Sam Casto (Sr., Dallas, Pa.)

Virginia’s 1V8 boat was chosen over the Clemson First Varsity Four, which posted a time of 7:26.6 in defeating Iowa (7:30.0), UCF (7:36.8) and Tennessee (7:37.1) in winning the event at the Tennessee Invitational Conference Clash last Sunday at Melton Lake, in Oak Ridge, Tennessee.

All nine ACC rowing teams will be off until they participate in the 17th Annual Atlantic Coast Conference Rowing Championships, which will be held on Friday, May 13 and Saturday, May 14 on Lake Hartwell in Clemson, South Carolina.

Friday heats begin at 6 p.m. and the seeds and lane assignments for the event will be announced this Wednedsay.

The 2016 ACC Rowing Championship finals, which will begin at 8 a.m. on Saturday, May 14, will be available live on ESPN3.