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May 13, 2001

CAMDEN, N.J. – A second place finish by the second varsity four highlighted the performance of the University of Virginia women’s rowing team at the Eastern Sprints on Sunday (May 13). Virginia finished third in the varsity four, fifth in the second varsity eight, seventh in the second novice eight, eighth in the varsity eight and 14th in the novice eight.

Princeton won the second varsity four competition followed by Virginia, Wisconsin, Cornell, Syracuse and Dartmouth.

In the varsity four competition, UVa finished third of 12 boats. Brown won the competition followed by Wisconsin, Virginia, Princeton, Harvard and Cornell.

The Cavaliers were fifth of 17 boats in the second varsity eight competition. Brown finished first followed by Harvard, Yale, Cornell, Virginia and Princeton.

UVa failed to quality for the grand final in the varsity eight finishing behind Princeton and Boston University in its heat. The Cavaliers finished second to Rutgers in the petite final and finished eighth of 18 boats in the competition.

“The varsity eight competition was very close,” Virginia head coach Kevin Sauer said. “Our heat time would have qualified us for the grand final in the other two heats and our time in the petite final would have put us fourth in the grand final.”

Virginia’s second novice eight won the petite final to finish seventh of 11 boats in the competition and UVa was 14th of 17 boats in the novice eight competition.

The Cavaliers expect to learn this week if they will be invited to compete in the NCAA Championships scheduled for May 25-27 in Gainesville, Ga.

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