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CHARLOTTESVILLE – The Virginia rowing team, ranked No. 2 in the latest Collegiate Rowing Coaches Association (CRCA) poll, travels to Columbus, Ohio, on Sunday, April 3, for races against No. 7 Ohio State and No. 12 Michigan.

The Cavaliers and Buckeyes will compete at 9 a.m., then UVa and Michigan will race at 1 p.m., on the Scioto River. The regatta also features No. 14 Clemson, as the Tigers will race both Big Ten opponents.

Virginia is coming off of competition in Redwood Shores, Calif., last weekend, where it took on No. 3 California and No. 4 Stanford. UVa’s Varsity Eight (coxswain Sidney Thorsten, Kristine O’Brien, Christine Roper, Keziah Beall, Martha Kuzzy, Fiona Schlesinger, Marelle Myers, Claudia Blandford and Taylor Levine) dropped both races to the Pac-10 schools, but the Second Varsity Eight came away with two victories.

That Second Varsity Eight crew of coxswain Molly Frear, MacKenzie Leahy, Carli Goldberg, Carolyn Glandorf, Jenny Shultis, Morgan Joseph, Brandy Herald, Cara Linnenkohl and Hunter Terry was named the Atlantic Coast Conference’s Crew of the Week for its performances vs. the Golden Bears and Cardinal.

UVa’s Varsity Four (coxswain Sarah Jordan, Ruth Retzinger, Lauren Shook, Chelsea Simpson and Kaity McCullough) finished the weekend with a 1-1 record, defeating Stanford and falling to Cal.

Ohio State jumped from 13th to seventh in the national rankings after winning four of six races vs. conference rival Michigan in its opening weekend. The Buckeyes posted an 11.8-second win in the Varsity Eight over the Wolverines.

Following Sunday’s races, Virginia is next in action on Lake Monticello on April 16-17. The Cavaliers welcome No. 10 Michigan State (April 16, 9 a.m.), No. 11 UCLA (April 16, 1 p.m.) and No. 9 Southern California (April 17, 9 a.m.) to their home course.

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