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May 14, 2016

CLEMSON, S.C. – No. 5 Virginia won all five races to claim its seventh consecutive ACC Rowing championship Saturday (May 14) morning on Lake Hartwell at Clemson.

Virginia finished with 99 points followed by Duke (75), Syracuse (75), Notre Dame (68), Louisville (60), Clemson (47), Boston College (31), Miami (22) and North Carolina (16).

The Cavaliers have won 16 of the 17 ACC championship regattas and 64 of the 70 championship races, including 18 straight over the last four championships. The finals were held on a sunny morning with calm winds and temperatures in the low 70s.

“Each one (ACC Championship) is special,” Virginia head coach Kevin Sauer said. “This is great. We challenged the kids to step up even more than they did in the heats yesterday, and they really came through. It was an excellent regatta and we’re really happy to get the win today. The finals were really competitive today led by Duke’s performance. Congrats to coach Cooke Carcagno and a well-deserved ACC coach of the year honor.”

The UVA Varsity Eight earned ACC Crew of the Year honors for the fifth consecutive year after gaining a 6:14.989-6:20.444 win over runner-up Duke. The winning time marked the second-fastest time in the V8 at the ACC championship, second only to Virginia’s record time of 6:10.00 in last year’s heats.

The UVA Varsity Eight is composed of coxswain Colette Lucas-Conwell (Palo Alto, Calif.); Stroke: Tessa Dikkers (Pelham, N.Y.); 7-Seat: Georgia Ratcliff (Falls Church, Va.); 6-Seat: Eliza Spilsbury (Centreville, Mass.); 5-Seat: Heidi Long (Buckinghamshire, England); 4-Seat: Erin Briggs (Orono, Minn.); 3-Seat: Jennifer Reid (Stafford, Va.); 2-Seat: Alice Darry (West Melton, New Zealand); Bow: Sam Casto (Dallas, Pa.).

The convincing win by the Varsity Eight set the tone for the championship as UVA’s Second Varsity Eight followed with a time of 6:25.411 to out-distance runner-up Duke (6:32.322) by more than six seconds and claim the title.

Virginia’s Varsity Four dominated the field with a time of 7:13.779 to defeat runner-up Duke (7:20.113) and Syracuse (7:20.740).

The UVA Second Varsity Four added an impressive time of 7:16.407 to win the race, defeating Syracuse (7:24.194) by more than seven seconds.

UVA’s Third Varsity Eight concluded the championship by defeating runner-up Louisville by over four seconds with a winning time of 6:31.396.

Heidi Long was named ACC Freshman of the Year, while Sam Casto, Jennifer Reid, Tessa Dikkers and Colette Lucas-Conwell were named to the All-ACC Rowing first team. Mackenzi Sherman was a second-team selection.

The Cavaliers return to action at the NCAA Rowing Championship on May 27-29 in Gold River, Calif. The NCAA DI Rowing Selection Show will air Tuesday, May 17 at 5:00 pm ET on

ACC Crew of the Year: Virginia Varsity Eight
ACC Freshman of the Year: Heidi Long, Virginia
ACC Coach of the Year: Megan Cooke Carcagno, Duke

All-ACC Rowing Team First Team

Coxswain – Colette Lucas-Conwell, Virginia
Jennifer Reid, Virginia
Tessa Dikkers, Virginia
Sam Casto, Virginia
Alexandra Stonehill, Duke
Katie Duckovich, Duke
Deidre Fitzpatrick, Syracuse
Joanna Mulvey, Notre Dame
Kristie Harrison, Louisville

All-ACC Rowing Second Team
Coxswain – Simone Pitre, Duke
Mackenzi Sherman, Virginia
Kari Tomney, Syracuse
Hilary Shinnick, Notre Dame
Katie Nord, Louisville
Paula Wesselman, Clemson
Catherine Goldberg, Boston College
Chelsea Gustafson, North Carolina
Ally White, Miami

2016 ACC Rowing Championship Results
Calm. Sunny, temperatures in the low 70’s

First Varsity Eight Petite Final
1. Miami, 6:41.569; 2. Boston College, 6:52.142; 3. North Carolina, 6:56.891.

First Varsity Eight Grand Final
1. Virginia, 6:14.989; 2. Duke, 6:20.444; 3. Syracuse, 6:20.495; 4. Notre Dame, 6:23.727; 5. Louisville, 6:29.089; 6. Clemson, 6:34.456.

Second Varsity Eight Petite Final
1. Boston College, 6:48.549; 2. Miami, 6:49.567; 3. North Carolina, 6:52.890.

Second Varsity Eight Grand Final
1. Virginia, 6:25.411; 2. Duke, 6:32.322; 3. Notre Dame, 6:32.326; 4. Syracuse, 6:37.501; 5. Louisville, 6:38.103; 6. Clemson, 6:51.296.

First Varsity Four, Petite Final
1. Boston College, 7:35.298; 2. North Carolina, 7:37.649; 3. Miami, 8:00.314.

First Varsity Four, Grand Final
1. Virginia, 7:13.779; 2. Duke, 7:20.113; 3. Syracuse, 7:20.740; 4. Notre Dame, 7:21.182; 5. Louisville, 7:30.765; 6. Clemson, 7:37.175.

Second Varsity Four, Petite Final
1. North Carolina, 7:52.65; 2. Miami, 7:57.551.

Second Varsity Four, Grand Final
1. Virginia, 7:16.407; 2. Syracuse, 7:24.194; 3. Louisville, 7:26.668; 4. Clemson, 7:27.292; 5. Notre Dame, 7:28.048; 6. Boston College, 7:43.463.

Third Varsity Eight, Petite Final
1. Duke, 6:58.091; 2. North Carolina, 7:08.061.

Third Varsity Eight, Grand Final
1. Virginia, 6:31.296; 2. Louisville, 6:35.741; 3. Syracuse, 6:42.092; 4. Notre Dame, 6:43.143; 5. Clemson, 6:50.841; 6. Boston College, 6:56.890.

Virginia Lineups

Varsity Eight
Coxswain: Colette Lucas-Conwell; Stroke: Tessa Dikkers; 7-Seat: Georgia Ratcliff; 6-Seat: Eliza Spilsbury; 5-Seat: Heidi Long; 4-Seat: Erin Briggs; 3-Seat: Jennifer Reid; 2-Seat: Alice Darry; Bow: Sam Casto

Second Varsity Eight
Coxswain: Izzi Weiss; Stroke: Ellen Pate; 7-Seat: Marijane Brennan; 6-Seat: Allie Nicholson; 5-Seat: Jane Hudson; 4-Seat: Maxime Lubbers; 3-Seat: Chelsea Adams; 2-Seat: Mackenzi Sherman; Bow: Hannah Solis-Cohen

Third Varsity Eight
Coxswain: Melody Gordon; Stroke: Lyndsay Martini; 7-Seat: Marissa Patrick; 6-Seat: Eliza Daniels; 5-Seat: Madelyn Clark; 4-Seat: Dana Lueker; 3-Seat: Ellie Stewart; 2-Seat: Kameryn Corcoran; Bow: Mary Beth Greer

Varsity Four
Coxswain: Rachel Dick; Stroke: Taylor Leonard; 3-Seat: Jo Gurman; 2-Seat: Morgan Rosts; Bow: Karen Schulte

Second Varsity Four
Coxswain: Adi Hendlin; Stroke: Mackenzie King; 3-Seat: Georgia Gray; 2-Seat: Grace Tuttle; Bow: Mackenzie Springer