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– The third-ranked Virginia rowing team travels to Lake Hartwell in Clemson, S.C., Saturday to compete at the 2010 ACC Championship. The Cavaliers are the No. 1 seed in three of the four races (Varsity Eight, Second Varsity Eight and Varsity Four) and are the second seed in the Novice Eight race.

An exhibition race of Second Varsity Fours will begin at 8:40 a.m. The scoring events begin at 9 a.m. with the Varsity Four, continuing in order with the Novice Eight (9:20 a.m.), the Second Varsity Eight (9:40 a.m.) and the Varsity Eight (10 a.m.).

Six ACC teams compete for the conference crown: Boston College, No. 13 Clemson, Duke, Miami, North Carolina and No. 3 Virginia.

Archived coverage of the championship will be available at approximately 3 p.m. on Saturday. Click here for the archived webcast.

Virginia dropped to No. 3 in this week’s Collegiate Rowing Coaches Association (CRCA)/USRowing poll after spending two weeks with the No. 1 ranking.

The Cavaliers have won nine of the 10 ACC Championships dating back to 2000. After a string of nine-consecutive conference crowns (a Virginia school record), UVa had a second-place team finish in 2009. The Cavaliers won the Second Varsity Eight and Novice Eight races, but second-place finishes in the more heavily weighted Varsity Eight as well as the Varsity Four to Clemson gave the Tigers the title.

Virginia’s Varsity Eight has a 5-1 record this season, defeating ranked opponents Michigan and Ohio State as well as claiming the prestigious Jessop-Whittier Cup at the San Diego Crew Classic. The Varsity Eight’s sole setback was a second-place finish to then-No. 6 Princeton last weekend on the Tigers’ home course at Lake Carnegie. UVa’s Varsity Eight has twice been named the ACC Crew of the Week (March 30 and April 6).

The Virginia Second Varsity Eight, meanwhile, holds a 4-1 record in 2010. After opening the season with victories at the San Diego Crew Classic and against Michigan and Ohio State, Virginia faltered last weekend to Princeton and Yale. The Cavaliers’ Second Varsity Eight finished third in the race vs. the Tigers and the Bulldogs.

Virginia’s Varsity Four is 3-0 this season and is coming off of a victory over Princeton and Yale last weekend en route to ACC Crew of the Week honors.

The Novice Eight, meanwhile, split races with Ohio State and Michigan, defeating the Wolverines but finishing second to the Buckeyes. The Novice Eight also competed as a Third Varsity Eight ‘B’ against Princeton and Yale, finishing second to the Virginia ‘A’ squad.

Following Saturday’s races, the conference awards will be announced including ACC Crew of the Year, ACC Coach of the Year and the All-ACC team.

2010 ACC Championship
April 24, 2010 | Clemson, S.C. (Lake Hartwell)

Second Varsity Four 8:40 a.m.

* (Virginia Line-Up: Molly Frear (c), Betsy Nilan, Chelsea Simpson, Lieve Pitts, Caroline Sweeny)

Varsity Four 9 a.m.
* (Virginia Line-Up: Sarah Pichardo (c), MacKenzie Leahy, Hunter Terry, Ruth Retzinger, Sarah Borchelt)
Lane 1 (Seed No. 5) Duke
Lane 2 (Seed No. 3) Boston College
Lane 3 (Seed No. 1) Virginia
Lane 4 (Seed No. 2) Clemson
Lane 5 (Seed No. 4) Miami
Lane 6 (Seed No. 6) North Carolina

Novice Eight 9:20 a.m.
* (Virginia Line-Up: Erin Friedlander (c), Erin Metcalf, Allison Lyons, Susanne Grainger, Sandy Suhling, Molly Schwoebel, Ainsley Lastner, Ann Reid, Taylor Levine)
Lane 2 (Seed No. 3) North Carolina
Lane 3 (Seed No. 1) Clemson
Lane 4 (Seed No. 2) Virginia
Lane 5 (Seed No. 4) Boston College

Second Varsity Eight 9:40 a.m.
* (Virginia Line-Up: Cristine Candland (c), Victoria Burke, Lauren Shook, Lauren Hutchins, Marie Long, Keziah Beall, Christine Roper, Claudia Blandford, Inge Janssen)
Lane 1 (Seed No. 5) North Carolina
Lane 2 (Seed No. 3) Duke
Lane 3 (Seed No. 1) Virginia
Lane 4 (Seed No. 2) Clemson
Lane 5 (Seed No. 4) Boston College

Varsity Eight 10 a.m.
* (Virginia Line-Up: Sidney Thorsten (c), Jennifer Cromwell, Katrin Reinert, Desiree Burns, Kristine O’Brien, Martha Kuzzy, Helen Tompkins, Nora Phillips, Summers Nelson)
Lane 1 (Seed No. 5) North Carolina
Lane 2 (Seed No. 3) Duke
Lane 3 (Seed No. 1) Virginia
Lane 4 (Seed No. 2) Clemson
Lane 5 (Seed No. 4) Boston College
Lane 6 (Seed No. 6) Miami

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