Virginia Claims Sixth Annual ACC Rowing Championship
April 23, 2005
Clemson, SC - The University of Virginia rowing team claimed the sixth annual ACC rowing championship on Saturday at Lake Hartwell. The Cavaliers, who won three of four races on Saturday, have won the event all six times it has been held.
Virginia won the varsity 8+, second varsity 8+, and varsity 4+, while finishing second in the novice 8+ for a total of 49 points. Clemson finished second overall with 41 points. The Tigers became the first team to defeat the Virginia novice 8+ in ACC Championship history. Clemson finished second in all other events to finish with 41 points. Duke came in third place with 24 points, while Miami (19) took home fourth and North Carolina fifth (17).
The varsity 8+ was the first race of the morning. Virginia placed first in a time of 6:37.0, with Clemson second at 6:45.5. Duke came in third place with a time of 6:49.5, while Miami (6:50.4) and North Carolina (6:56.1) rounded out the varsity 8+ field.
The second varsity 8+ was also won by Virginia, in a time of 6:58.8. Clemson again finished second (7:12.2), just ahead of Duke (7:17.4). North Carolina edged Miami by .6 seconds at the line, finishing with a time of 7:20.3.
The novice 8+ race marked the first time Virginia had ever been beaten in the ACC Championship. Clemson upset the Cavaliers' bid for a sweep with a winning time of 7:20.2. Virginia came in second with a time of 7:25.1, while North Carolina finished in 7:34.3. Miami finished fourth (7:46.7), while Duke (8:25.3) came home fifth.
The final race of the morning was the varsity 4+. In heavy wind conditions, Virginia prevailed with a time of 7:55.4. Clemson finished second for the third time in four races Saturday, coming in at a time of 8:06.3. Miami had its best showing in the varsity 4+ race, finishing third at 8:24.5. North Carolina (8:33.8) and Duke (8:53.8) completed the field.
The 11-member All-ACC team was comprised of coxswain Launa Forehand (Virginia), Margaret Matia (Virginia), Carolyn McMillan (Virginia), Beth Clark (Virginia), Ashlee Brown (Clemson), Sarah Cooper (Clemson), Liz Averyt (Clemson), Tonia Boock (Duke), Emma Darling (Duke), Sarah Conlon (Miami), and Julie Domina (North Carolina).
Clemson head coach Susie Lueck was named ACC Coach of the Year. It marked the second time during her time at Clemson she has won the award, as she also won it in 2001. Virginia's second varsity 8+, two-time winners of ACC crew of the week this spring, earned ACC Crew of the Year honors. That squad consists of coxswain Katie Hilton, Beth Clark, Crystal MacLeod, Libby McCann, Kimberly Southern, Heather Gardner, Sara Lippa, Mary Dobmeier and Chrissie Monaghan.