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March 26, 2005

COLUMBUS, Ohio – The University of Virginia women’s rowing team won eight out of the 12 races in which it competed at the ACC/Big Ten Regatta on Saturday (March 26). The Cavaliers’ second varsity eight, first varsity four, second varsity four, and second novice eight crews won both their morning races against Michigan and their afternoon events against Ohio State. OSU hosted the regatta at the Griggs Reservoir on the Scioto River in Columbus, Ohio.

UVa, ranked sixth in the preseason USRowing/Collegiate Rowing Coaches Association NCAA Division I Varsity Eight Coaches Poll, finished second to fourth-ranked Michigan in the first race of the dual regatta. Virginia’s first varsity eight boat finished in 6:30.6, slightly after Michigan’s crew, which won the competition in a time of 6:29.1.

The Cavaliers’ second varsity eight boat was victorious, defeating the Wolverines in that event with a time of 6:36.8. Michigan’s time was 6:44.6.

Virginia defeated both Ohio State and Michigan in the first varsity four morning race. UVa finished in 7:24.7, the Buckeyes placed second in 7:27.9, and Michigan came in third with a time of 7:41.3.

UVa also won the second varsity four morning race, finishing with a time of 7:31.6. Ohio State was second (7:43.9), followed by the Virginia B crew (7:45.7), and the Wolverines in fourth (7:50.2).

Michigan won the first novice eight event in 6:50.4 and Virginia placed second in 7:10.0. The second novice eight race was won by UVa (7:11.3). Michigan’s time was 7:15.7.

Virginia was defeated by fifth-ranked Ohio State in the afternoon first varsity eight race. Ohio State won in a time of 6:25.5 and UVa finished in 6:30.2.

The Cavaliers’ second varsity eight boat claimed its second victory of the day, winning the afternoon competition against Ohio State by nearly five seconds (6:30.6 to 6:35.4).

UVa was victorious in the first varsity four afternoon race as well (7:24.5). OSU placed second in that event (7:35.3), followed by Michigan (7:44.2).

The Cavaliers were also successful in the second varsity four race, with their A and B boats claiming first (7:32.8), and second (7:37.3) places, respectively. Ohio State took third place (7:42.1), and Michigan followed in fourth (7:47.9).

Ohio State won the first novice eight competition. The Buckeyes finished in 7:00.7 and the Cavaliers finished in 7:18.1.

The UVa second novice eight boat repeated its winning performance from earlier in the competition, defeating Ohio State by just over 12 seconds in that event (7:09.8 to 7:22.0).

The Cavaliers host Michigan State at the Rivanna Reservoir in Charlottesville on Saturday (April 2). The regatta, scheduled to begin at 9:00 a.m., is the first of two home competitions for the team this spring.

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