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CHARLOTTESVILLE The Virginia rowing team and head coach Kevin Sauer announced the 2008-09 schedule on Thursday. The Cavaliers will row head-to-head against at least 10 teams that participated in last year’s NCAA Championships and host five events on their home courses in Charlottesville, Va.

“We have a challenging schedule and we’re looking forward to training and racing this fall to prepare us for our formidable spring racing schedule,” Sauer said.

Virginia, which last year won its school-record ninth-consecutive ACC Championship, captured the overall team title at the South/Central Regional Championships and finished fifth at the NCAA Championships, begins the 2008-09 campaign with a trip to the Princeton Chase on Oct. 28.

The next weekend, Nov. 1, the novices are in action against Georgetown in the first of five home events for the Cavaliers while the varsity squad will travel to Chicago, Ill., for the Blue Island Challenge on Nov. 2.

The Rivanna Romp highlights the fall schedule on Nov. 16, held on the Rivanna Reservoir.

A March 14 scrimmage with NCAA participant Michigan State in Marion, Va., kicks off the spring schedule, followed by the first regular-season race on March 20 vs. Bucknell.

UVa then heads to the Pac-10 Challenge in Redwood Shores, Calif., from March 28-29, where it will face Stanford, California and UCLA.

Two regattas at Lake Monticello follow, April 4 vs. Ohio State and April 11 vs. Tennessee and Central Florida.

The Cavaliers will look to extend their school-record streak and win their 10th-straight ACC Championship on April 18 in Clemson, S.C., before wrapping up the regular-season with a trip to Boston, Mass., to face Yale, Harvard, Northeastern and USC.

The South/Central Regionals will be held May 16-17 in Oak Ridge, Tenn. Virginia has won the South Region five times in the last six years (2003, 2004, 2005, 2007, 2008) and the South/Central team championship four times in the last five seasons (2004, 2005, 2007, 2008).

The 2009 NCAA Championships will be held May 29-31 in Rancho Cordova, Calif. Virginia has earned a berth 11 times in the 12-year history of the championship.

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