CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. — No. 10 Virginia will compete in the 2019 NCAA Rowing Championships Friday-Sunday (May 31-June 2) at the Indianapolis Rowing Center at Eagle Creek Park, with Indiana University and Indiana Sports Corporation serving as hosts.
Live results and video streaming links will be available through VirginiaSports.com and NCAA.com. NCAA Division I action is set to begin at 9 a.m. on Friday.
Each division (Varsity Eight, Second Varsity Eight and Varsity Four) has four heats in the morning on Friday, with the top two from each heat moving on to Saturday’s semifinals. The remaining boats will race in a repechage to determine the final four semifinalists in each division.
Virginia’s Varsity Eight, which is seeded 12th, will be in action in the fourth heat at 9:36 a.m. UVA’s fifth-seeded Second Varsity Eight is in the fourth heat at 10:24 a.m., while the 11th-seeded Varsity Four is in the third heat at 11 a.m.
The semifinals begin Saturday (June 1) at 8:12 a.m. with the V8, followed by the 2V8 and the V4, while the finals will take place on Sunday (June 2). Division I Grand (places 1-6) and Petite finals (places 7-12) begin at 9:24 a.m. with the final race of the weekend being the Varsity Eight Grand Final at 11:12 a.m.
The Cavaliers, who are making their 22nd NCAA championship appearance, earned the Atlantic Coast Conference’s automatic NCAA bid after claiming their 10th consecutive league championship on May 18. UVA’s Varsity Eight of coxswain Izzi Weiss (Chicago, Ill.), Reilly White (Wyckoff, N.J.), Heidi Long (Buckinghamshire, England), Anna Fairs (Thorpe Thewles, England), Emily Ashton (Albany, N.Y.), Jamey Bulloch (Johannesburg, South Africa), Sophia Kershner (Palmyra, Va.), Lizzie Trull (Wellesley, Mass.) and Carrie Warner (East London, South Africa) was named ACC Crew of the Year.
Sophie Pennoyer (Hartford, Conn.), Fairs, Long and Weiss were named to the All-ACC Rowing first team. Mackenzie King (Yardley, Pa.) was a second-team selection.
In addition to Virginia, Central Florida (American), Gonzaga (West Coast), Marist (MAAC), Michigan (Big Ten), Navy (Patriot), Northeastern (Colonial), Princeton (Ivy), Rhode Island (A-10), Texas (Big 12) and Washington (Pac-12) all earned its conferences’ automatic spots.
The 11 schools that earned at-large selections were Brown, California, Duke, Harvard, Indiana, Iowa, Ohio State, Rutgers, Stanford, Wisconsin and Yale.
Virginia placed fifth at last year’s national championship with 104 points. UVA’s Second Varsity Eight placed third, while the Varsity Eight and Varsity Four each placed seventh.
In their 21 NCAA Championship appearances in the last 22 years, the Cavaliers have finished in the top four 11 times (1997-2000, 2002, 2005, 2007, 2009-10, 2012, 2016) and have been runners-up three times (1999, 2005, 2007).
UVA captured NCAA team championships in 2010 and 2012. The Varsity Eight boat won the NCAA title in 2012, while the Second Varsity Eight won championships in 1998, 1999 and 2005. The Varsity Four claimed national championships in 2004, 2005, 2007, 2010 and 2015.
Projected Virginia Lineups
Coxswain: Izzi Weiss; Stroke: Reilly White; 7: Heidi Long; 6: Anna Fairs; 5: Emily Ashton; 4. Jamey Bulloch; 3: Sophia Kershner; 2: Lizzie Trull; Bow: Carrie Warner
Second Varsity Eight
Coxswain: Colette Glass; Stroke: Star Davidson; 7: Isabella Strickler; 6: Ally Terblanche; 5: Georgia Gray; 4: Sophie Pennoyer; 3: Mackenzie King; 2: To Wiersma; Bow: Tessa Otting
Coxswain: Eva Gobourne; 4: Abbie Bird; 3: Mary Wright; 2: Alex Slabbert; Bow: Grace Comerford