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March 24, 2006

CHARLOTTESVILLE – The University of Virginia women’s rowing team opens its spring season at the Windermere Collegiate Crew Classic this weekend (March 25-26). The regatta, hosted by Stanford University and Windermere Real Estate, will be held at Redwood Shores in Redwood City, Calif. The Cavaliers are scheduled to race two boats at the regatta, competing against Stanford, Oregon State, and California.

The Cavaliers’ varsity eight and second varsity eight will compete against Stanford on Saturday, March 25, at 9 a.m. and 10:20 a.m., respectively. Stanford finished fifth in the 2005 PAC-10 Conference Rowing Championships, earning second in the women’s varsity eight event. The Cardinal received a bid for the at-large eights at the 2005 NCAA Championships.

UVa will race against Oregon State later that afternoon; the varsity eight will compete at 3:40 p.m. and the second varsity eight will race at 4:52 p.m. The Beavers finished seventh in the 2005 PAC-10 Conference Rowing Championships, placing third in the women’s novice eight competition. The Cavaliers competed against Oregon State during the 2005 season, finishing first in four of the five events.

On Sunday, March 26, Virginia will compete against California, the 2005 National Champion, with the second varsity eight racing at 9:24 a.m. and the varsity eight competing at 10:44 a.m. The Golden Bears finished first in the 2005 NCAA Championships four points ahead of Virginia, coming in first in varsity eight grand final. California was also the PAC-10 Conference Champion, winning first in both the varsity and second varsity eight events.

The Cavaliers competed in the 2005 Windermere Collegiate Crew Classic, finishing first against Washington and UCLA in both the varsity and second varsity eight races. UVa split the races against California, receiving first in the second varsity eight event and second in the varsity eight race.

Virginia finished its fall competition at the Rivanna Romp, where the Cavaliers won the doubles competition and placed second in the pair and third in the varsity eight races.

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