Tough Competition – Virginia And Duke Battle It Out

Tough Competition
Jim Quist @ACCTheQ –

Virginia head coach Kevin Sauer couldn’t have put it any better. “It was some tough competition. I was asked earlier this week if there was an expectation for us to come here and win and I said absolutely not.” Sauer emphasized, “The expectation is to come and race as hard and as well as we can.”

That’s exactly what the Cavaliers did as they edged out Duke 95-90 for the ACC Rowing Championship. It is Virginia’s 19th title over 20 years.

Virginia led Duke by just one point, 59-58 as teams got into position for the First Varsity Eight final. The Cavaliers maintained a slim lead over the Blue Devils after 500 meters. Finally, Virginia pulled away for the win with a four second margin over Duke.

Duke’s Megan Cooke Carcagno was named ACC Coach of the Year. It’s the second such honor she’s received from the conference. Carcagno helped lead the Blue Devils to their first ever conference championship in First Varsity Four at the championship.

Tough Competition

For their performance in the championship the Cavaliers’ First Varsity Eight team earned ACC Crew of the Year honors.

  • Coxswain
  • Izzi Weiss
  • Stroke
  • Reilly White
  • Heidi Long
  • Anna Fairs
  • Emily Ashton
  • Jamey Bulloch
  • Sophie Kershner
  • Lizzie Trull
  • Bow
  • Carrie Warner

The ACC Freshman of the Year honors went to Duke’s Amelia Shunk. She is stroke member of the Duke First Varsity Four.

Tough Competition

The Finish Line

  • #1 Virginia
  • #2 Duke
  • #3 Syracuse
  • #T4 Clemson
  • #T4 Notre Dame
  • #6 Louisville
  • #T7 Miami
  • #T7 North Carolina
  • #8 Boston College

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Top 3 Heat Finishes

  • Third Varsity Eight, Petite Final
  • Boston College
  • North Carolina
  • Miami
  • Third Varsity Eight, Grand Final
  • Virginia
  • Duke
  • Syracuse
  • Second Varsity Four, Petite Final
  • Notre Dame
  • Louisville
  • North Carolina
  • Second Varsity Four, Grand Final
  • Virginia
  • Duke
  • Miami

  • First Varsity Four, Petite Final
  • North Carolina
  • Boston College
  • Louisville
  • First Varsity Four, Grand Final
  • Duke
  • Syracuse
  • Virginia
  • Second Varsity Eight, Petite Final
  • North Carolina
  • Miami
  • Boston College
  • Second Varsity Eight, Grand Final
  • Virginia
  • Duke
  • Clemson
  • First Varsity Eight, Petite Final
  • North Carolina
  • Miami
  • Boston College
  • First Varsity Eight, Grand Final
  • Virginia
  • Duke
  • Syracuse

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All-ACC Rowing Team

  • First Team
  • Isla McRae, Clemson
  • Isabel Ruby-Hill, Duke
  • Sophie Simister, Duke
  • Emily Stinebaugh, Notre Dame
  • Megan Vorcoe, Syracuse
  • Heidi Long, Virginia
  • Anna Fairs, Virginia
  • Izzi Weiss, Virginia (coxswain)

  • Second Team
  • Kylie Kramer, Boston College
  • Aliute Udoka, Clemson
  • Violette Legrand, Louisville
  • Tessa White-Parsons, Miami
  • Maria Marroquin, North Carolina
  • Laura Migliore, Notre Dame
  • Sydney Michalak, Syracuse
  • Mackenzie King, Virginia
  • Tara Fagan, Duke (coxswain)

As conference champions Virginia will receive an automatic bid to the NCAA Championship. The NCAA will provide streaming coverage of the selection show on Tuesday, May 21 at 5:00pm ET.


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Jim Quist is Managing Editor of ACC Nation, Co-Host of ACC Nation Podcast and a member of FWAA (Football Writers Association of America) and ACSMA (Atlantic Coast Sports Media Association). He is enrolled in the Beer Brewer Professional Certificate program at the University of Richmond. Follow him on Twitter @ACCTheQ.


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