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May 21, 2003

INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. – The University of Virginia women’s rowing team’s first varsity eight is ranked fifth in the nation in the final USRowing/Collegiate Rowing Coaches Association NCAA Division I Varsity Eight Coaches Poll of the 2003 season. Stanford is ranked first in the poll followed by Harvard, Washington, Princeton and Virginia.

The Virginia crew, ranked 12th each of the last three weeks, moved up to fifth on the strength of its performance at the Central/South Region Sprints last weekend (May 17-18) in Oak Ridge, Tenn. The Cavaliers won the first varsity eight competition at that regatta.

The Virginia women’s rowing team is one of 12 teams selected earlier this week to compete in the NCAA Women’s Rowing Championships scheduled for May 30-June 1 at Eagle Creek Reservoir in Indianapolis. The other team selections include Brown, California, Harvard, Michigan, Michigan State, Ohio State, Princeton, Stanford, Washington, Washington State and Yale. Virginia joins Brown, Princeton and Washington as the only schools to receive team invitations to each of the seven NCAA Women’s Rowing Championships.

Virginia finished fourth as a team at last year’s NCAA Championships in Indianapolis.

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