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May 26, 2004

CHARLOTTESVILLE – Five University of Virginia rowers have earned All-South Region honors from the Collegiate Rowing Coaches Association (CRCA). Seniors Genevieve Cauchon-Voyer (Boucherville, Quebec), Jennifer Reck (Grosse Pointe Park, Mich.) and Lindsay Shoop (Charlottesville, Va.), and junior coxswain Betty Shumaker (San Diego, Calif.) are first-team All-South Region selections. Senior Margaret Matia (Burke, Va.) is a second-team All-South Region selection.

It is the third consecutive year Reck has received first-team All-South honors and the second consecutive year for Shoop and Shumaker.

All five rowers are members of Virginia’s first varsity eight which is ranked fifth in the nation in the final Collegiate Rowing Coaches Association/USRowing NCAA Division I Varsity Eight Coaches Poll of the 2004 season.

In addition, Reck was named a National Scholar-Athlete by the CRCA. It is the third consecutive year Reck has earned the honor. In order to be considered for the award, an individual must have at least a 3.50 grade point average, be in at least her second year of eligibility and have rowed with her school’s first varsity eight crew for at least 75 percent of the 2004 season’s races.

The Virginia rowing team begins competition in the NCAA Women’s Rowing Championships on Friday (May 28) in Rancho Cordova, Calif. The championships continue through Sunday (May 30). UVa joins Brown, Princeton and Washington as the only schools to receive team invitations to each of the eight NCAA Women’s Rowing Championships. The Cavaliers have finished in the top seven in the team competition at each of the seven previous NCAA Women’s Rowing Championships.

Virginia has not competed since winning the overall championship and the South Region Championship at the Central/South Region Sprints on May 16 in Oak Ridge, Tenn. The Cavaliers won championships in both the second varsity eight and the varsity four competitions at that regatta. UVa crews also finished second in the first varsity eight and the open four, third in the second novice eight and seventh in the first novice eight.

Virginia won its fifth consecutive Atlantic Coast Conference Championship on April 17 in Clemson, S.C. The Cavaliers won all four races at the ACC regatta.

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