This weekend in Clemson, S.C., the No. 7 Virginia rowing team did what it’s done it’s done so many times before — win an ACC Championship.
With the win this season, the Cavaliers have now won nine conference titles in a row, and 18 of the 19 regattas in the ACC Championship history.
Virginia proved particularly dominant this weekend, winning all five of their races to finish with 99 points. Syracuse, the second place finisher, was a good 22 points behind the Cavaliers.
The first boat to get a win in the Grand Finals for Virginia was the Third Varsity Eight, who recorded a time of 6:32.136.
The Second Varsity Four was the next first-place finish, edging out second-place Notre Dame by about three seconds.
Virginia’s Varsity Four — comprised of sophomore coxswain Maria Zeris, sophomore Lizzie Trull, freshman Star Davidson, sophomore Toni Wiersma and senior Mary Beth Greer –— especially shined after posting a 7:06.980 to make for the fourth-fastest time for a Varsity Four boat in ACC Championship history. The boat was also named ACC Crew of the Year Sunday.
The Second Varsity Eight — who finished behind Syracuse last year — proved it was not going to let that happen again as the group topped the Orange 6:25.382 to 6:28.202.
Lastly, in the biggest event of the day, the Varsity Eight posted a 6:19.454 — which put the Cavaliers ahead of second-place Syracuse’s 6:23.318. Rounding out the top six in the race were third-place Louisville, followed by Duke, then Notre Dame and then Clemson. The lineup for Virginia’s Varsity Eight was junior coxswain Izzi Weiss, junior Heidi Long, freshman Emily Ashton, senior Jane Hudson, sophomore Sophie Pennoyer, senior Ellie Stewart, graduate student Ali Zwicker and sophomore Isabella Strickler.
Long, Hudson, Stewart and Weiss all earned a place on the All-ACC Rowing First Team, while senior Morgan Rosts was named to the Second Team. Coach Kevin Sauer also picked up his 12th ACC Coach of the Year award.
Virginia is back in action May 25-27, when the Cavaliers will compete for the NCAA Rowing Championship in Sarasota, Fla.