Virginia Crews Begin Competition At The NCAA Rowing Championships
May 30, 2003
INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. – The University of Virginia’s second varsity eight and varsity four crews finished second in their heats, and the first varsity eight finished third in its heat on the first day of the NCAA Women’s Rowing Championships on Friday (May 30) at Eagle Creek Reservoir.
UVa’s first varsity eight crew advances to the semifinals, while the second varsity eight and varsity four crews advance to repechage competition on Saturday (May 31). The championships continue through Sunday (June 1).
“I’m proud of the maturity all of our crews showed today,” UVa head coach Kevin Sauer said. “I look forward to tomorrow’s racing.”
Virginia’s first varsity eight crew had a time of 6:42.60 and finished behind Michigan (6:40.50) and Stanford (6:41.30) in its heat. Michigan State finished fourth with a time of 6:43.70 followed by Yale (6:47.20) and Texas (6:47.60). The Cavaliers were in fifth place after the first 1,000 meters, but rallied to finish third.
UVa’s first varsity eight crew was comprised of coxswain Betty Shumaker, Molly Baker, Julie McQueen, Jen Reck, Lindsay Shoop, Beth Clark, Tammy Clark, Carolyn McMillan and Genevieve Cauchon-Voyer.
In the second varsity eight, the Cavaliers finished with a time of 6:56.60 and Brown won the heat with a time of 6:50.35. Washington finished third in 6:59.25 followed by Michigan State (7:00.86), Yale (7:01.29) and Harvard (7:02.70).
Virginia’s second varsity eight crew was comprised of coxswain Danielle Sewell, Andrea Czarkowski, Jessie Haury, Katie Yrazabal, Amanda Kennedy, Margaret Matia, Claudia Durkin, Mary Dobmeier and Kelley Jesnig.
UVa’s varsity four crew finished with a time of 7:39.86 and California won the heat with a time of 7:35.39. Washington was third with a time of 7:44.89 followed by Harvard (7:50.21), Washington State (7:55.37) and Stanford (8:04.88).
The Cavaliers’ varsity four crew was comprised of coxswain Launa Forehand, Kim Maxfield, Kelley Dougherty, Julie Creighton and Crystal MacLeod.
Virginia’s second varsity eight and varsity four races were similar in that the UVa crews started in the back and worked through the field to second place finishes.
UVa has finished in the top seven in the team competition at each of the six previous NCAA Women’s Rowing Championships. The Cavaliers finished fourth in 1997, third in 1998, second in 1999, third in 2000, seventh in 2001 and fourth in 2002.
Virginia, Brown, Princeton and Washington are the only schools to receive team invitations to each of the seven NCAA Women’s Rowing Championships.