CLEMSON, S.C. – No. 15 Virginia won four of five heats on the first day of the ACC Rowing Championship Friday (May 13) morning on Lake Hartwell at Clemson.

The Cavaliers won their respective heats in the Third Varsity Eight, Varsity Eight, Second Varsity Eight and Varsity Four. The Cavaliers placed second in the Second Varsity Four.

“The team really embraced the racing today and responded well,” Virginia head coach Kevin Sauer said. “There will need to be a lot more tomorrow.”

UVA will seek its 12th straight ACC Rowing championship on Saturday (May 14). The Cavaliers have captured 82 of the previous 90 events at the conference championship. UVA has also raced to ACC titles in 20 of the 21 ACC championship regattas.

On Friday, UVA posted a time of 6:58.735 in the Third Varsity Eight, defeating runner-up Syracuse (7:12.197) by more than 13 seconds.

The Cavaliers raced past second-place Duke 6:38.931-6:44.079 in the Varsity Eight and topped Duke 6:42.850-6:50.155 in the Second Varsity Eight.

UVA’s Varsity Four beat second-place Syracuse 7:30.755-7:36.327 and the Cavaliers’ Second Varsity Four placed second behind Duke 7:34.747-7:38.205.

The ACC Rowing Championship concludes Saturday morning beginning at 8:05 a.m. with the Petite Final of the Third Varsity Eight race. The finals will be streamed live on ACC Network Extra ( and the ESPN App.

Friday Preliminary Results

Third Varsity Eight: 1. Virginia, 6:58.735, 2. Syracuse, 7:12.197, 3. Louisville, 7:18.733, 4. Boston College, 7:28.543, 5. Miami, 7:49.340

Varsity Eight: 1. Virginia, 6:38.931, 2. Duke, 6:44.079, 3. Miami, 6:53.964, 4. Notre Dame, 7:08.641

Second Varsity Eight: 1. Virginia 6:42.850, 2. Duke, 6:50.155, 3. Miami, 6:53.238, 4. Notre Dame, 6:56.634

Varsity Four: 1. Virginia, 7:30.755, 2. Syracuse, 7:36.327, 3. Notre Dame, 7:51.723, 4. Boston College, 7:59.153

Second Varsity Four: 1. Duke, 7:34.747, 2. Virginia, 7:38.205, 3. Miami, 8:13.277, 4. North Carolina, 8:29.941


Varsity Eight: Coxswain ViVi Van Ingen, Stroke: Kate Kelly, 7: Leia Till, 6: Lauren Benedict, 5: Sonja Schlosser, 4: Nicola Lawless, 3: Alli Terblanche, 2: Kelsey Gems, Bow: Eva Frohnhofer

Second Varsity Eight: Coxswain Janet Conklin, Stroke: Addison Luce, 7: Meagan Goldsmith, 6: Lily Jarrett, 5: Helene Dimitrijev, 4: Lauren Orr, 3: Cameron Bentley, 2: Tahne Badenhorst, Bow: Larkin Brown

Third Varsity Eight: Coxswain Zoe Tekeian, Stroke: Izzie Bird, 7: Ava Wisnoski, 6: Abbie Bird, 5: Beatrice Jones, 4: Lily Bernero, 3: Ailbhe O’Grady, 2: Grace Lebo, Bow: Liv Kimche

Varsity Four: Coxswain Nora Grabcheski, Stroke: Hailey Barnett, 3: Jenna Hajji, 2: Kate McGee, Bow: Sophia Coppola

Second Varsity Four: Coxswain Emma Bradish, Bow: Bella Carter, 3: Paige Loh, 2: Izzie Begley: Bow: Bianka Smeulders