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April 9, 2005

REDWOOD CITY, Calif. & WASHINGTON, D.C. – Crews representing the University of Virginia women’s rowing team were successful on both coasts on Saturday (April 9). Virginia’s varsity eight and second varsity eight crews defeated boats from the University of Washington and UCLA at the Windermere Collegiate Crew Classic in Redwood City, Calif. UVa boats also won two events at the George Washington Invitational Crew Classic in Washington, D.C.

Virginia’s varsity eight boat is ranked ninth in the nation and finished with a time of 6:28.21 to defeat 11th ranked Washington (6:32.11) on the 2,000-meter Redwood Shores course. Washington led early, but the Cavaliers took the lead during the second 500 meters of the race and led the rest of the way. Virginia also took control of the race against UCLA in the second 500 meters and finished in a time of 6:54.64. UCLA, ranked 13th in the nation, had a time of 7:01.23.

Virginia’s second varsity eight took control early in its race with Washington and finished with a time of 6:35.19. Washington had a time of 6:40.02. The Cavaliers also took the lead in the first 500 meters against UCLA and cruised to the victory. UVa finished with a time of 7:01.61 and UCLA had a time of 7:17.48.

Virginia crews won both the varsity four and the second varsity eight competitions on the 2,000-meter Potomac River course at the George Washington Invitational. UVa won the varsity four competition with a time of 6:56.80 followed by George Washington (7:29.60) and Villanova (7:39.70). In the finals of the second varsity eight, the Cavaliers won with a time of 6:35.50 followed by George Washington (6:54.90), Georgetown “A” (6:56.00) and Georgetown “B” (7:18.00).

UVa crews also finished second in the freshman eight and fourth in the second freshman eight.

Virginia’s women’s crews combined with crews from the UVa men’s club team to finish first in the final team standings with 67 points and win the Gilbert H. Hood, Jr. Point Trophy at the George Washington Invitational. George Washington finished second with 51 points and the United States Naval Academy was third with 46 points.

UVa’s men’s club team finished first in the freshman eight and the second freshman eight, second in the varsity four and the varsity eight, and third in the second varsity four and the second varsity eight.

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