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CHARLOTTESVILLE – The top-ranked Virginia rowing team travels to take on No. 4 Yale and No. 6 Princeton on Saturday at Lake Carnegie in Princeton, N.J. The regatta will begin at 8 a.m., beginning with the Varsity Eight showdown. Inclement weather in the Princeton, N.J., area caused officials to move up the race times.

In the Varsity Eight, all three programs met in last year’s grand final at the NCAA Championships. UVa was edged by Stanford and finished with the silver medal, while Yale finished fourth and Princeton was sixth.

UVa’s Varsity Eight is undefeated this season (5-0) with impressive victories at the San Diego Crew Classic and over nationally ranked opponents Ohio State and Michigan in its last outing. It has twice been named the Atlantic Coast Conference Crew of the Week (March 30 and April 6).

UVa’s Second Varsity Eight will race at 8:20 a.m. on Saturday. This year, the crew won the Jackie Ann Stitt Hungness Trophy at the San Diego Crew Classic and also defeated Ohio State and Michigan in its last outing on Lake Monticello.

The Varsity Four race will be 8:40 a.m. on Saturday. Virginia’s Varsity Four was victorious over Ohio State and Michigan on April 17.

The Cavaliers, as a team, are ranked No. 1 for the first time in school history by the Collegiate Rowing Coaches Association (CRCA)/USRowing Top 25. They are also the fifth Cavalier program to be ranked No. 1 this year (men’s soccer, baseball, men’s lacrosse and men’s tennis are the others).

Following Saturday’s competition, Virginia will travel to Clemson, S.C., for the 2010 ACC Championships. The regatta is Saturday, April 24, and begins at 9 a.m.

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