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May 18, 2003

OAK RIDGE, Tenn. – The University of Virginia women’s rowing team won the South Region Championship and finished second overall at the Central/South Region Sprints on Sunday (May 18) on Melton Hill Lake. The Cavaliers won championships in both the first varsity eight and the first novice eight. UVa crews also finished second in the second novice eight, fourth in the second varsity eight and seventh in the first varsity four.

Ohio State won the Central Region Championship and finished first in the team standings at the Central/South Region Sprints with 76 points. Virginia finished with 70 points to win the South Region Championship and finish second in the overall standings. Rounding out the top ten in the overall team standings were Michigan (67 points), Michigan State (58), Iowa (52), Tennessee (43), Texas (40), Notre Dame (35), Clemson (10) and Minnesota (9).

“I’m very pleased with our results at the Central/South Region Sprints,” Virginia head coach Kevin Sauer said. “Our rowers gave a tremendous effort, and I’m particularly pleased with the success of our first varsity eight and first novice eight crews.”

Virginia won the grand final of the first varsity eight with a time of 6:18.7 followed by Ohio State (6:19.2), Michigan (6:20.7), Texas (6:23.1), Tennessee (6:24.4) and Michigan State (6:28.2).

UVa finished first in the grand final of the first novice eight with a time of 6:38.5. Ohio State finished second in 6:39.8 followed by Duke (6:40.5), Texas (6:45.1), Michigan State (6:47.3) and Michigan (6:49.4).

The Cavaliers’ second novice eight finished second with a time of 7:04.2. Ohio State won the second novice eight competition with a time of 6:58.1. Michigan State was third with a time of 7:06.2 followed by Clemson (7:10.6) and Miami (7:43.8).

Michigan State won the second varsity eight with a time of 6:31.6 followed by Michigan (6:33.2), Iowa (6:34.9), Virginia (6:35.3), Ohio State (6:35.5) and Notre Dame (6:42.5).

Virginia won the petite final of the first varsity four and finished seventh overall. UVa won the petite final with a time of 7:22.0 followed by Tennessee (7:26.5), Notre Dame (7:29.6), Texas (7:30.5), Duke (7:31.9) and Miami (7:35.2). Ohio State won the grand final in the first varsity four with a time of 7:08.6.

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