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Rowing Heads to ACC Championship Friday
Tuesday 05/15/2014  -  Duke Sports Information
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DURHAM, N.C. – The Duke rowing team’s 2014 season culminates this Friday and Saturday, May 16-17, at the ACC Championship on Lake Hartwell in Clemson, S.C. For the first time in league history, the championship will take place across two days with eight competing teams.

The Blue Devils, who earned the No. 5 seed at the championship, will square off against traditional league foes Boston College, Clemson, Miami, North Carolina and Virginia while welcoming ACC newcomers Notre Dame and Syracuse to the league championship for the first time. The addition of Syracuse and Notre Dame gives the ACC three top-20 teams in the competition with Virginia coming in at No. 5, Notre Dame at No. 10 and Syracuse at No. 18. Clemson is also receiving votes in the poll, while Duke was ranked No. 20 in the first poll of 2014.

The new format will split the eight competing teams into two initial heats Friday in the varsity eight, second varsity eight and varsity four with the top six finishers advancing to the Grand Final on Saturday and the bottom two finishers competing in a Petite Final. The third varsity eight – new to this year’s championship in place of the novice eight – will feature one championship race with seven teams, as Miami will not participate.

Duke made plenty of noise in last year’s championship, placing second in both the varsity eight and varsity four behind only Virginia. Duke has taken second place in the varsity four in back-to-back years and notched top-three finishes in the varsity eight in four straight championship appearances. Overall, the Blue Devils have placed third in four consecutive ACC Championships and in 12 of the 14 previous league meets. Duke was just two points shy of edging Clemson for second place in last year’s championship.

This year Duke’s varsity eight consists of coxswain Caroline Kiritsy and rowers Grace Cassidy, Claire Vannelli, Caroline Williams, Katie Dukovich, Alex Stonehill, Elizabeth Horne, Tara Dalton and Hannah Hewitt. The veteran group clocked a season-best time of 6:37.53 at the Oregon State Classic on April 6.

In the second varsity eight, Duke will deploy the crew of coxswain Simone Pitre and rowers Caroline Murphy, Tani O'Neill, Julia Bretz, Lauren Miranda, Emily Hyland, Patricia Kolman, Mary Wilson and Lauren Musso. That group’s best time of the year, 6:41.8, also came at the Oregon State Classic in a win over host Oregon State.

The varsity four will feature coxswain Karla Beltran and rowers Allison Beattie, Phoebe Donovan, Sophia Staal and Julie Rohde, while the third varsity eight, which is coming off of its best performance of the season at the UVa Invite on April 26, includes coxswain Samantha Bowman and rowers Dana Lerro, Laura Rosas, Sophia Blair, Kathleen Lyons, Gabi Weiss, Jeanette Llorens, Caroline Willis and Nicole Antoine.

Championship information and updated results are available at http://theacc.co/ROWchamp or by following @ACCRowing on Twitter.

Friday, May 16

First Varsity 4+, Heat 1 (6:00 p.m.)
Event Record: Virginia, 2010, 7:08.1
2013 ACC Champion: Virginia, 7:27.16
Fastest ACC 2014 Time: Notre Dame, 7:14.2, 4-25-14
Team Scoring: Top Six from Heat 1 and Heat 2 advance to Grand Final; Bottom Two to Petite Final.
Lane 2 (Seed #8) North Carolina
Lane 3 (Seed #5) Duke
Lane 4 (Seed #4) Clemson
Lane 5 (Seed #1) Virginia

First Varsity 4+, Heat 2 (6:10 p.m.)
Event Record: Virginia, 2010, 7:08.1
2013 ACC Champion: Virginia, 7:27.16
Fastest ACC 2014 Time: Notre Dame, 7:14.2, 4-25-14
Team Scoring: Top Six from Heat 1 and Heat 2 advance to Grand Final; Bottom Two to Petite Final.
Lane 2 (Seed #7) Miami
Lane 3 (Seed #6) Boston College
Lane 4 (Seed #3) Syracuse
Lane 5 (Seed #2) Notre Dame

Second Varsity 8+, Heat 1 (6:30 p.m.)
Event Record: Virginia, 2007, 6:28.1
2013 ACC Champion: Virginia, 7:05.17
Fastest ACC 2013 Time: Notre Dame, 6:24.8, 4-25-14
Team Scoring: Top Six from Heat 1 and Heat 2 advance to Grand Final; Bottom Two to Petite Final.
Lane 2 (Seed #8) North Carolina
Lane 3 (Seed #5) Duke
Lane 4 (Seed #4) Clemson
Lane 5 (Seed #1) Virginia

Second Varsity 8+, Heat 2 (6:40 p.m.)
Event Record: Virginia, 2007, 6:28.1
2013 ACC Champion: Virginia, 7:05.17
Fastest ACC 2013 Time: Notre Dame, 6:24.8, 4-25-14
Team Scoring: Top Six from Heat 1 and Heat 2 advance to Grand Final; Bottom Two to Petite Final.
Lane 2 (Seed #7) Boston College
Lane 3 (Seed #6) Miami
Lane 4 (Seed #3) Syracuse
Lane 5 (Seed #2) Notre Dame

First Varsity 8+, Heat 1 (6:50 p.m.)
Event Record: Virginia, 2008, 6:22.0
2013 ACC Champion: Virginia, 6:46.08
Fastest ACC 2014 Time: Notre Dame, 6:17.9, 4-25-14
Team Scoring: Top Six from Heat 1 and Heat 2 advance to Grand Final; Bottom Two to Petite Final.
Lane 2 (Seed #8) North Carolina
Lane 3 (Seed #5) Duke
Lane 4 (Seed #4) Clemson
Lane 5 (Seed #1) Virginia

First Varsity 8+, Heat 2 (7:00 p.m.)
Event Record: Virginia, 2008, 6:22.0
2013 ACC Champion: Virginia, 6:46.08
Fastest ACC 2014 Time: Notre Dame, 6:17.9, 4-25-14
Team Scoring: Top Six from Heat 1 and Heat 2 advance to Grand Final; Bottom Two to Petite Final.
Lane 2 (Seed #7) Boston College
Lane 3 (Seed #6) Miami
Lane 4 (Seed #3) Syracuse
Lane 5 (Seed #2) Notre Dame

Saturday, May 17

Third Varsity 8+, Final (8:02 a.m.)
Event Record: First Year of Championship Event
2013 ACC Champion: First Year of Championship Event
Fastest ACC 2014 Time: Virginia, 6:44.2, 4-26-14
Team Scoring: 8-7-6-5-4-3-2 points
Lane 0 (Seed #7) North Carolina
Lane 1 (Seed #6) Boston College
Lane 2 (Seed #5) Duke
Lane 3 (Seed #4) Clemson
Lane 4 (Seed #3) Syracuse
Lane 5 (Seed #2) Notre Dame
Lane 6 (Seed #1) Virginia

First Varsity 4+, Petite Final (8:10 a.m.)
Event Record: Virginia, 2010, 7:08.1
2013 ACC Champion: Virginia, 7:27.16
Fastest ACC 2014 Time: Notre Dame, 7:14.2, 4-25-14
Team Scoring: 4-2 points
Lane 3 TBD
Lane 4 TBD

First Varsity 4+, Grand Final (8:20 a.m.)
Event Record: Virginia, 2010, 7:08.1
2013 ACC Champion: Virginia, 7:27.16
Fastest ACC 2014 Time: Notre Dame, 7:14.2, 4-25-14
Team Scoring: 16-14-12-10-8-6 points
Lane 1 TBD
Lane 2 TBD
Lane 3 TBD
Lane 4 TBD
Lane 5 TBD
Lane 6 TBD

Second Varsity 8+, Petite Final (8:30 a.m.)
Event Record: Virginia, 2007, 6:28.1
2013 ACC Champion: Virginia, 7:05.17
Fastest ACC 2013 Time: Notre Dame, 6:24.8, 4-25-14
Team Scoring: 6-3 points
Lane 3 TBD
Lane 4 TBD

Second Varsity 8+, Grand Final (8:50 a.m.)
Event Record: Virginia, 2007, 6:28.1
2013 ACC Champion: Virginia, 7:05.17
Fastest ACC 2013 Time: Notre Dame, 6:24.8, 4-25-14
Team Scoring: 24-21-18-15-12-9
Lane 1 TBD
Lane 2 TBD
Lane 3 TBD
Lane 4 TBD
Lane 5 TBD
Lane 6 TBD

First Varsity 8+, Petite Final (9:00 a.m.)
Event Record: Virginia, 2008, 6:22.0
2013 ACC Champion: Virginia, 6:46.08
Fastest ACC 2014 Time: Notre Dame, 6:17.9, 4-25-14
Team Scoring: 8-4
Lane 3 TBD
Lane 4 TBD

First Varsity 8+, Grand Final (9:10 a.m.)
Event Record: Virginia, 2008, 6:22.0
2013 ACC Champion: Virginia, 6:46.08
Fastest ACC 2014 Time: Notre Dame, 6:17.9, 4-25-14
Team Scoring: 32-28-24-20-16-12
Lane 1 TBD
Lane 2 TBD
Lane 3 TBD
Lane 4 TBD
Lane 5 TBD
Lane 6 TBD

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