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CHARLOTTESVILLE – The top-ranked Virginia rowing team competed in the Eisenberg Cup on Lake Carnegie (Princeton, N.J.) on Saturday vs. No. 4 Yale and No. 6 Princeton. In good conditions with an increasing headwind, Princeton claimed the Varsity Eight and the Second Varsity Eight races, while UVa was victorious in the Varsity Four, the Third Varsity Eight and the Second Varsity Four.

“Princeton was definitely ready for us,” Virginia head coach Kevin Sauer said. “They rowed very well and very hard. It’s better to know now and be able to work on what our weaknesses are.”

UVa’s Varsity Eight of coxswain Sidney Thorsten, Jennifer Cromwell, Katrin Reinert, Desiree Burns, Helen Tompkins, Martha Kuzzy, Kristine O’Brien, Nora Phillips and Summers Nelson finished with a time of 6:27.4, compared to first-place Princeton’s time of 6:23.5. Yale was third (6:30.3).

In the Second Varsity Eight, Princeton was first with a time of 6:45.6, Yale was second with a time of 6:55.2 and Virginia was third with a time of 6:59.3. UVa’s Second Varsity Eight is coxswain Cristine Candland, Lauren Shook, Victoria Burke, Lauren Hutchins, Keziah Beall, Sarah Borchelt, Christine Roper, Betsy Nilan and Claudia Blandford.

UVa’s Varsity Four (coxswain Sarah Pichardo, Mackenzie Leahy, Hunter Terry, Ruth Retzinger, Inge Janssen) earned the Cavaliers’ first victory of the day with a time of 7:34.4, defeating second-place Princeton (7:41.6) and third-place Yale (7:47.2).

In the Third Varsity Eight race, Virginia ‘A’ (coxswain Sarah Shanfield, Susie Chalker, Jenny Shultis, Erin Hawes, Marelle Myers, Morgan Joseph, Liza Tullis, Carolyn Glandorf, Hannah Silver) and Virginia ‘B’ (Erin Friedlander, Alison Lyons, Erin Metcalf, Susanne Grainger, Sandy Suhling, Taylor Levine, Molly Schwoebel, Reva Geier, Ann Reid) finished first and second with times of 7:17.3 and 7:19.1, respectively. Yale (7:27.1) and Princeton (7:37.5) finished third and fourth.

In the final race of the day, UVa’s Second Varsity Four (coxswain Molly Frear, Cara Linnenkohl, Francesca Lauritano, Chelsea Simpson, Lieve Pitts) defeated Yale by a time of 7:52.4 to 8:12.3.

Virginia returns to action on Saturday, April 24, when it heads to the 2010 ACC Championships. The Cavaliers have won nine of the last 10 conference crowns.

No. 1 Virginia vs. No. 4 Yale and No. 6 Princeton
April 17, 2010
Lake Carnegie | Princeton, N.J.

Varsity Eight: 1. Princeton (6:23.5), 2. Virginia (6:27.4), 3. Yale (6:30.3)
Second Varsity Eight: 1. Princeton (6:45.6), 2. Yale (6:55.2), 3. Virginia (6:59.3)
Varsity Four: 1. Virginia (7:34.4), 2. Princeton (7:41.6), 3. Yale (7:47.2)
Third Varsity Eight: 1. Virginia ‘A’ (7:17.3), 2. Virginia ‘B’ (7:19.1), 3. Yale (7:27.1), 4. Princeton (7:37.5)
Second Varsity Four: 1. Virginia (7:52.4), 2. Yale (8:12.3)

Line-Ups
Varsity Eight
Sidney Thorsten (c), Jennifer Cromwell, Katrin Reinert, Desiree Burns, Helen Tompkins, Martha Kuzzy, Kristine O’Brien, Nora Phillips, Summers Nelson

Second Varsity Eight
Cristine Candland (c), Lauren Shook, Victoria Burke, Lauren Hutchins, Keziah Beall, Sarah Borchelt, Christine Roper, Betsy Nilan, Claudia Blandford

Third Varsity Eight / Virginia ‘A’
Sarah Shanfield (c), Susie Chalker, Jenny Shultis, Erin Hawes, Marelle Myers, Morgan Joseph, Liza Tullis, Carolyn Glandorf, Hannah Silver

Fourth Varsity Eight / Virginia ‘B’ / Novice Eight
Erin Friedlander (c), Alison Lyons, Erin Metcalf, Susanne Grainger, Sandy Suhling, Taylor Levine, Molly Schwoebel, Reva Geier, Ann Reid

Varsity Four
Sarah Pichardo (c), MacKenzie Leahy, Hunter Terry, Ruth Retzinger, Inge Janssen

Second Varsity Four
Molly Frear (c), Cara Linnenkohl, Francesca Lauritano, Chelsea Simpson, Lieve Pitts

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