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Defending champions dominate first regatta

The defending national champion Virginia women’s rowing team enjoyed a stellar showing at the 48th annual Head of the Charles in Boston, the world’s largest regatta.

The Cavaliers sent three boats to the two-day, 9,000-competitor event, including two in the Championship Eights race and one in the Championship Fours. Virginia was the top collegiate finisher in both races last year.

In the Championship Eights, Virginia again emerged as the best college crew with a time of 16:35.163, good for third overall behind the teams from Cambridge Boat Club and USRowing. The Cavaliers second boat in the race finished 15th overall with a time of 17:27.187, the second best “B-team” in the race.

In the Championship Fours, Virginia came in fourth overall with a time of 19:21.590, finishing second among colleges behind only Yale.

In addition, a crew of nine former Cavaliers finished second in the Alumnae Eights with a time of 17:21.952. Michigan placed first in that race with a crew that included current Cavalier assistant coach Brett Sickler.

The Cavaliers’ next meet is Oct. 28 at the Princeton Chase in Princeton, N.J.

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