Crew captures NCAA title

The Virginia rowing team captured its second national championship in three years in come-from-behind fashion May 27, leapfrogging the University of California, Berkeley in the final race to clinch the title.

The Cavaliers erased a three-point deficit to the Golden Bears by winning the First Varsity Eight grand final race for the first time in school history. Virginia finished with a time of 6:18.72, more than three seconds faster than second-place Michigan.

The win vaulted the Cavaliers into first place with 87 points while the Wolverines settled for second with 82 points. California finished third with 78 points.

Five rowers from the title-clinching First Varsity Eight team were named Pocock First-Team All-Americans: seniors Sidney Thorsten, Keziah Beall, Sarah Cowburn and Martha Kuzzy and junior Kristine O’Brien.

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