Virginia Second Varsity Eight Named ACC Crew of the Week

Cavaliers’ Second Boat Defeats Crews from Oregon State, Fourth-Ranked California, Fifth-Ranked Stanford

ACC Players of the Week Presented by Havoline

GREENSBORO, N.C.—Virginia’s Second Varsity Eight crew was named the Atlantic Coast Conference Crew of the Week Tuesday after defeating three schools—including two Top Five-ranked ranked opponents—last Saturday and Sunday at the Pac-12 Challenge in Redwood Shores, Calif.

The Cavaliers, who are ranked second nationally this week, defeated Oregon State and fifth-ranked Stanford on Saturday. Virginia recorded a time of 6:30.00 in defeating OSU and 6:32.5 in downing the Cardinal.

On Sunday, UVa’s Second Varsity Eight defeated No. 4 California, posting its best time of the year, a 6:26.2 clocking in defeating the Bears by four seconds.      

The Virginia Second Varsity Eight is composed of coxswain Hayley LaFleche (New York, N.Y.); Stroke: Shawna Sims (Sarasota, Fla.);  Mackenzi Sherman (Los Alamitos, Calif.); 6-seat: Anna Fairs (Thorpe Theweles, England); 5-seat: Lexie Katz (Wayne, Pa.);  4-seat: Chelsea Adams (Chesapeake, Va.); 3-seat: Mackenzie Springer (Fairfax, Va.); 2-seat: Jo Gurman (Weston, Conn.); Bow Tessa Dikkers (Pelham, N.Y.)

The Cavaliers were chosen for the honor over three other ACC rowing teams, including the First Varsity Eight crew from Duke, which captured the Women’s Collegiate Varsity Grand Final at the San Diego Crew Classic in San Diego, Calif.; Clemson’s First Varsity Four, which won its event over crews from, North Carolina and George Mason at the Occoquan Sprints in Occoquan, Va.; and North Carolina’s Second Varsity Eight crew, which defeated Clemson and George Washington at the Occoquan Sprints and finished second in a three-way meet with George Mason and West Virginia on the Potomac River in Washington, D.C. 

Virginia, coached by Kevin Sauer, will next be in action this Saturday, April 4, when the Cavaliers,   hosts the ACC-Big Ten Challenge at Lake Monticello, Va., just outside of Charlottesville. No. 2 Virginia and Clemson will face top-ranked Ohio State and sixth-ranked Michigan.

The 16th Annual Atlantic Coast Conference Rowing Championships will be held on Friday, May 15 and Saturday, May 16 at Lake Hartwell in Clemson, S.C.