The Virginia women’s rowing team opened its 2013 spring campaign in dominant style this past weekend, winning 17 races at the Oak Ridge Cardinal Invite in Oak Ridge, Tenn.
Entering the season as the defending national champions, the Cavaliers continued to impress in their first action this year at the 12-team event hosted by Louisville. On Saturday morning, Virginia took six wins against Louisville and West Virginia, with victories at both the varsity and novice levels. The team followed the performance with six more wins Saturday afternoon against Georgetown and future ACC member Notre Dame.
Against Alabama and conference rival Duke Sunday, the Cavaliers won five more races. The weekend’s only blemish came in the last race, as the Notre Dame novice eight topped Virginia’s novices to deny the team a clean sweep of the weekend.
The two-time national champion Cavaliers are next in action April 6 when they head to San Diego for the San Diego Crew Classic. The rowers put up a strong performance in the event last year, winning the varsity four grand final.
—compiled by Michael Eilbacher