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CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. – The third-ranked Virginia rowing team swept five races vs. Bucknell in the spring season opener on Sunday, March 21, on the
Rivanna Reservoir.

“It was a solid way to open our season,” Virginia head coach Kevin Sauer said.

The Cavaliers’ Varsity Eight, competing with Bucknell’s Varsity Eight and UVa’s Second Varsity Eight, finished first in that race with a time of 6:56.8. Virginia’s Second Varsity Eight was second place with a time of 7:14.8, followed by Bucknell (7:18.2).

Racing head-to-head against Bucknell in three more eight-boat races, UVa won all three. The Cavaliers’ Third Varsity Eight won with a time of 7:17.7, compared to Bucknell’s Second Varsity Eight time of 7:31.5. Virginia’s Fourth Varsity Eight won with a time of 7:39.9, compared to Bucknell’s Third Varsity Eight time of 8:10.3. And Virginia’s Fifth Varsity Eight won with a time of 7:39.2, compared to Bucknell’s Fourth Varsity Eight time of 7:50.5.

In the Novice Eight race, Virginia won with a time of 7:46.3. Bucknell’s time was 8:09.3.

The Bison entered Sunday’s race receiving votes in the Collegiate Rowing Coaches Association (CRCA)/USRowing Preseason Top 25, while the Cavaliers were ranked No. 3.

Next weekend, Virginia travels to the San Diego Crew Classic on Saturday (March 27) and Sunday (March 28).

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