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

Cavaliers’ Crew Defeats Six Nationally Ranked Teams at Clemson Invitational

GREENSBORO, NC ( — Virginia’s First Varsity Four was named the Atlantic Coast Conference Crew of the Week after winning all three of its events Saturday and Sunday at the Clemson Invitational, held on Lake Hartwell in Clemson, South Carolina.

The Virginia 1V4, coached by Kevin Sauer, finished first in its initial Saturday heat, posting a time of 7:40.0 in defeating 14th-ranked Washington State (7:53.1) by more than 13 seconds, while also outdistancing Clemson (7:58.4), 13th-ranked Indiana (8:00.2), Cornell (8:01.4), Penn (8:06.1) and UCF (8:10.5).

The UVA First Varsity Four then finished first in its Saturday afternoon heat, posting a time of 7:19.7 in defeating eighth-ranked Texas (7:22.6), third-ranked Ohio State (7:29.3), San Diego (7:31.7), Cornell (7:42.8) and Michigan State (8:09.3).

Finally on Sunday, the Virginia First Varsity Four posted a time of 7:29.5 in defeating 10th-ranked Michigan (7:35.7), 20th-ranked Syracuse (7:40.6), Oklahoma (7:43.9), UCLA (7:47.1) and Penn (8:05.09).

The Virginia First Varsity Four is composed of sophomore coxswain Rachel Dick (Bethesda, Maryland); junior stroke Taylor Leonard (Arlington, Va.); junior three-seat Marijane Brennan (Gross Pointe Farms, Mich.); sophomore two-seat Mackenzie Springer (Fairfax, Va.); and junior bow Karen Schulte (Trout Run, Pennsylvania).

The Varsity Four finish was one of 12 races captured by the third-ranked Cavaliers last weekend.

Virginia’s First Varsity Four was selected over the Syracuse First Varsity Four crew, coached by Justin Moore, which posted the fastest time of the weekend in the event at the Clemson Invitational. Syracuse covered the 2,000-yard distance in 7:18.00, defeating No. 17 Harvard Radcliffe (7:20.4), UCLA (7:24.4), 20th-ranked Louisville (7:25.3), host Clemson (7:32.4), No. 13 Indiana (7:38.3) and Penn (7:40.8).

Virginia will be off this weekend and will next be in action on Saturday, April 30, when it travels to eighth-ranked Texas in Austin, Texas. Syracuse will travel to Columbus, Ohio, this Saturday to face third-ranked Ohio State and Michigan State.

All nine ACC rowing teams will be in action at 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.

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