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CHARLOTTESVILLE – Fresh off its 10th ACC Championship in 11 years, the third-ranked Virginia rowing team hosts Pennsylvania on Saturday, May 1, on the Rivanna Reservoir. The racing is scheduled to start at noon, which is a change from the original start time announced at 4 p.m. Admission is free.

Saturday’s schedule is as follows: Third Varsity Eight (noon), Second Varsity Four (12:20 p.m.), Varsity Four (12:40 p.m.), Second Varsity Eight (1 p.m.) and Varsity Eight (1:20 p.m.).

Virginia is ranked No. 3 in the Collegiate Rowing Coaches Association (CRCA)/USRowing poll, and is coming off of a five-race sweep at the ACC Championship to claim the conference crown.

Head coach Kevin Sauer, who has led the Cavaliers since rowing became a varsity sport in 1995, earned his sixth ACC Coach of the Year award at the conclusion of the regatta. Virginia’s Varsity Eight of coxswain Sidney Thorsten, Jennifer Cromwell, Katrin Reinert, Desiree Burns, Kristine O’Brien, Martha Kuzzy, Helen Tompkins, Nora Phillips and Summers Nelson was named ACC Crew of the Year, while O’Brien took home ACC Rookie of the Year honors.

Pennsylvania is receiving votes in the latest top 20 poll, and is coming off races against Princeton, Dartmouth and Bucknell on Saturday (April 24). In the Varsity Eight, Penn finished third after first-place Princeton and second-place Dartmouth. The Quakers also had a third-place finish in the Second Varsity Eight, behind Princeton and Bucknell. In the Varsity Four, Penn was fourth behind the three other schools.

Following Saturday’s races, the Cavaliers head to the 2010 South/Central Regional Championships, being held May 15-16 in Oak Ridge, Tenn.

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