At this past Sunday’s Princeton Chase, a victory for the first varsity eight highlighted an impressive performance from the Virginia rowing team in its second of three fall regattas. Three other Cavalier squads also registered top-five finishes.
In a varsity eight field of 52 boats, coach Kevin Sauer’s squad placed three in the top five. Virginia A obliterated the field, finishing in 14:34.417 to outstrip Yale’s top vessel by nearly 11 seconds. The Cavaliers’ Third Varsity Eight team edged out the Second Varsity Eight by .08 seconds as the teams nabbed fourth and fifth, respectively. Virginia’s final Varsity Eight boat crossed the line in 22nd.
About an hour and 15 minutes after the Varsity Eight competition concluded, the Novice Eight race — limiting participation to those with less than one year of rowing experience — featured a pair of Cavalier squads. Princeton (15:51.963) triumphed by narrowly edging Virginia A (15:53.229), which in turn finished more than 40 seconds ahead of third-place Georgetown. Sauer’s second Novice Eight boat claimed 10th to round out the Cavaliers’ participation.
Virginia will host the Rivanna Romp in Earlysville Nov. 17 to conclude its fall schedule. After a four-month hiatus, the Cavaliers’ spring season will stretch from March 15 to the NCAA Championships during the last weekend in May.