INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. — No. 15 Virginia is one of 22 schools that will compete at the 2022 NCAA Rowing Championships, announced Tuesday (May 17). The national regatta will be held May 27-29 at Nathan Benderson Park in Sarasota, Fla.
UVA earned the Atlantic Coast Conference’s automatic bid after claiming its 12th consecutive league championship on May 14. The Cavaliers won four of five events at the ACC Championship, including the Varsity Eight, Second Varsity Eight, Third Varsity Eight and Varsity Four.
UVA’s Varsity Eight of coxswain ViVi Van Ingen, Kate Kelly, Leia Till, Lauren Benedict, Sonja Schlosser, Nicola Lawless, Alli Terblanche, Kelsey Gems and Eva Frohnhofer was named ACC Crew of the Year.
Virginia’s Kevin Sauer earned his 14th ACC Coach of the Year honor, while Schlosser, Lawless, Terblanche and Van Ingen were named to the All-ACC Rowing first team. Leia Till was a second-team selection.
In addition to Virginia, SMU (American), Gonzaga (West Coast), Jacksonville (MAAC), Ohio State (Big Ten), Boston University (Patriot), Northeastern (Colonial), Princeton (Ivy League), Rhode Island (A-10), Texas (Big 12) and Stanford (Pac-12) all earned its conferences’ automatic spots.
The 11 schools that earned at-large selections were Brown, California, Duke, Michigan, Oregon State, Pennsylvania, Rutgers, USC, Syracuse, Washington and Yale.
The Cavaliers are seeded No. 13 in the Varsity Eight, No. 11 in the Second Varsity Eight and No. 10 in the Varsity Four.
Virginia placed fifth at the 2021 NCAA Rowing Championships with 106 points. UVA’s Varsity Four placed fourth, while the Second Varsity Eight placed fifth, while the Varsity Eight placed sixth.
In their 23 NCAA Championship appearances in the last 25 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.