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CHARLOTTESVILLE – The Virginia rowing team will compete at the Princeton Chase on Sunday (Oct. 25). The Cavaliers will have five boats in the Varsity Eight and one boat in the Novice Eight.

The Varsity Eight race begins at 11 a.m., followed by the Novice Eight at 12:30 p.m. Yale, the top college finisher at the Head of the Charles last weekend, will compete at Princeton along with perennial powerhouses Princeton, Boston University and Brown.

The Princeton Chase marks the second of three fall regattas that UVa will row in. Virginia is coming off of a successful weekend at the Head of the Charles in Boston, Mass., last weekend (Oct. 17-18), winning three of five events that it competed in.

Rowing against national teams and top collegiate competition, Virginia’s Championship Eight had a seventh-place time of 17.00.7 in its race.

That crew of coxswain Sidney Thorsten, Jennifer Cromwell, Helen Tompkins, Desiree Burns, Katrin Reinert, Lauren Hutchins, Lauren Shook, Nora Phillips and Summers Nelson) finished behind national teams ASR Nereus (16:08.7) and USRowing Training Center (16:32.5) in first and second place. Yale finished third (16.43.8), followed by the Nautilus Rowing Club (16:45.55).

In the battle for fifth place, 2009 Washington, Princeton, Virginia and Brown all finished within 1.5 seconds of each other, with the Cavaliers taking seventh place.

UVa’s Championship Four (Coxswain Molly Frear, Claudia Blandford, Kristine O’Brien, Cara Linnenkohl and Betsy Nilan) finished in fifth place in its race with a time of 19.20.8. In that race, a national team (Old Glory Boat Club) was first with a time of 18:14.58, followed by Boston University (19:01.68), Cornell (19:17.20) and Brown (19:19.47).

On the first day of the regatta, Virginia rowers won all three events they competed in. (Club Eight, Club Four and Alumni Eight).

Following the Princeton Chase, Virginia will host the Rivanna Romp on Sunday, Nov. 15.

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