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CHARLOTTESVILLE – To open its fall competition, Virginia rowing will travel to the Head of the Charles regatta in Boston, Mass., this weekend. Called the ‘Largest Regatta in the World,’ the Head of the Charles features more than 8,000 competitors from more than 15 countries.

Virginia will compete in the Championship Eight against national teams from the United States and Canada, as well as four other finalists from last year’s Varsity Eight race at the NCAA Championships – Stanford, Yale, Brown and Princeton.

Head coach Kevin Sauer, now in his 15th season as head coach of Virginia rowing, has announced his eight line-up that will compete at the Head of the Charles: coxswain Sidney Thorsten, Jennifer Cromwell, Helen Tompkins, Desiree Burns, Katrin Reinert, Lauren Hutchins, Lauren Shook, Nora Phillips and Summers Nelson.

Virginia will also have teams competing in the Championship Four, Club Eight and Club Four races.

Club events will take place on Saturday and Championship events on Sunday.

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