This weekend, the North Carolina rowing team partook in the expanded ACC Rowing Championship. UNC took eighth place out of the eight competitors, with Virginia winning for the fifth consecutive year and seizing its 14th championship in the 15 years of the event.
The Championship took place at Lake Hartwell in Clemson, S.C. Virginia, the ACC perennial power, finished in first with a score of 80. The Tar Heels finished in last with a score of 11.
But coach Sarah Haney and her rowers didn't see the season as a failure at all.
“It’s an incredibly tough race, five of the eight teams in the competition are top-20 teams in the country,” Haney said. “We put our best forward, registered some personal records and have no regrets.”
UNC senior co-captain Maria Santoyo received personal recognition for this season — earning second-team All-ACC honors rowing in the No. 8 chair. Her focus was on the team as opposed to her personal accolades.