CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. – In its season opener over the weekend, Virginia’s Varsity Eight won all three of their races to earn Atlantic Coast Conference Crew of the Week honors.

Competing at the Oak Ridge Cardinal Invitational, the Virginia Varsity Eight opened their season with a time of 6:15.442 Saturday morning on Melton Hill Lake. Later that afternoon, the Cavaliers clocked a time of 6:13.166, finishing more than five seconds ahead of second-place Michigan (6:18.550).

The Virginia Varsity Eight wrapped up the weekend with another first-place showing, recording a time of 6:19.859 to win their Sunday race by more than nine seconds.

UVA is ranked seventh in the Collegiate Rowing Coaches Association Poll and the Cavs won races against crews from No. 3 Michigan, No. 12 Wisconsin and other teams receiving votes in the poll.

Crew Members:
Coxswain: Colette Glass (Sr., Tampa, Fla.)
Stroke: Sonja Schlosser (Gr., Deggendorf, Germany)
7: Abbie Bird (Sr., Ascot, England)
6: Leia Till (So., Potomac, Md.)
5: Sophia Kershner (Sr., Palmyra, Va.)
4: Katy Flynn (Gr., Churchville, N.Y.)
3: Cate Porter (Gr., Hopewell, N.J.)
2: Alli Terblanche (Jr., Johannesburg, South Africa)
Bow: Lily Jarrett (So., Weston, Mass.)

The Cavaliers return to action at the UVA Invite on March 26-27 at Rivanna Reservoir in Earlysville, Va.