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No. 3 UVA wins five heats at ACC Rowing Championship

Courtesy UVA Media Relations

rowingNo. 3 Virginia won all five of its heats on the first day of the ACC Rowing Championship Friday on Lake Hartwell at Clemson.

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

UVA will seek its 11th straight ACC Rowing championship on Saturday (May 15). The Cavaliers have captured 77 of the previous 85 events at the conference championship. UVA has also raced to ACC titles in 19 of the 20 ACC championship regattas.

On Friday, UVA posted a time of 6:57.500 in the Third Varsity Eight, defeating runner-up Clemson (7:06.609) by more than nine seconds.

The Cavaliers raced past the second-place Clemson 6:33.894-6:43.624 in the Varsity Eight and topped runner-up Duke 6:39.501-6:46.199 in the Second Varsity Eight.

UVA’s Varsity Four beat second-place Duke 7:27.711-7:36.183 and UVA’s Second Varsity Four concluded the racing by out-distancing runner-up Notre Dame 7:36.082-7:42.412.

“We raced pretty well this morning and accomplished what we needed to do,” head coach Kevin Sauer said. “Tomorrow’s finals are another level for which we need to be ready.”

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 (WatchESPN.com) and the ESPN App.

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