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Clemson Rowing Finishes Second at the Atlantic Coast Conference Championships

April 24, 2010

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CLEMSON, SC – The Clemson rowing team finished second in the Atlantic Coast Conference Championships Saturday morning on Lake Hartwell in Clemson, SC. The Virginia Cavaliers won the ACC Championships with a win in each race to finish with 60 points.

“I thought we rowed aggressively,” said Head Coach Richard Ruggieri. “I don’t like second place. It is not acceptable at Clemson, but I am proud of the effort from our girls. We are going to keep on fighting and try to improve and we still have three weeks to make the NCAA Championships. We just got beat by a better team today. The past means nothing and we are going to try to win again next year. Virginia is a magnificent team. We went against the very best today.”

The Tigers’, who won the title last year, finished second with 50 points. Duke placed third with 36 points, followed by Boston College with 26, North Carolina with 18 and Miami with 14 points.

In the first race of the day, the Varsity Fours took to the water. The Cavaliers took the win in a time of 7:08.1 as the Tigers group of coxswain Meredith Razzolini, Kelly Murphy, Lydia Hassell, Callen Erdeky and Allison Colberg came in second with a time of 7:19.6. Duke then took third, Boston College fourth, North Carolina fifth and Miami sixth.

In the Novice Eight race, Virginia came out on top in a time of 6:49.4 over Clemson’s group of coxswain Kelly Hall, Caroline Fregeau, Erin Grubbs and Sarah Monn with a time of 6:59.3.

Virginia’s Second Varsity Eight boat gave them their third win as they finished first in a time of 6:59.4. Clemson’s group of coxswain Melissa Weaver, Corey Geer, Leah Kelly, Jessica Gaul, Liz Robb, Katharine Mosier and Kenzie DuBrul took second in a time of 7:12.2. The Blue Devils were third, Boston College fourth and North Carolina fifth.

The last race of the day featured the Varsity Eight boats from each school. Virginia took the win in a time of 6:34.2, followed by Clemson’s group of coxswain Mairi Trimboli, Sarah Daanen, Brittany Cummings, Grace Wolff, Beata Saska, Zsofia Bende and Michelle Nance who finished in a time of 6:45.8. Duke was third, Miami fourth, Boston College and North Carolina sixth.

Clemson had three rowers named to the 2010 All-ACC Rowing team as Brittany Cummings were named for the second year in a row and Grace Wolff received her first honor. They were joined by Megan McMullin (North Carolina), Sarah Medland (Miami), Laura Petty (Boston College), Tori Greco (Boston College), Alex Japhet (Duke), Rory Erickson-Kulas (Duke), Jennifer Cromwell (Virginia), Desiree Burns (Virginia), Nora Phillips (Virginia), Helen Tompkins (Virginia) and Sidney Thorsten (Virginia).

Virginia’s Varsity Eight crew was named 2010 ACC Crew of the Year. The winning crew is composed of coxswain Sidney Thorsten, Jenifer Cromwell, Katrin Reinert, Desiree Burns, Kristine O’Brien, Martha Kuzzy, Helen Tompkins, Nora Phillips and Summers Nelson.

Full ACC Rowing Results: 1V4+: 1. Virginia 7:08.1; 2. Clemson 7:19.6; 3. Duke 7:40.9; 4. Boston College 7:45.5; 5. North Carolina 7:47.0; 6. Miami 8:11.6

N8+: 1. Virginia 6:49.4; 2. Clemson 6:59.3; 3. North Carolina 7:23.7; 4. Boston College 8:14.6

2V8+: 1. Virginia 6:59.4; 2. Clemson 7:12.2; 3. Duke 7:23.9; 4. Boston College 7:34.8; 5. North Carolina 7:44.9

1V8+: 1. Virginia 6:34.2; 2. Clemson 6:45.8; 3. Duke 6:56.5; 4. Miami 7:02.6; 5. Boston College 7:05.4; 6. North Carolina 7:22.5

2010 All-ACC Team: Brittany Cummings (Clemson), Grace Wolff (Clemson), Megan McMullin (North Carolina), Sarah Medland (Miami), Laura Petty (Boston College), Tori Greco (Boston College), Alex Japhet (Duke), Rory Erickson-Kulas (Duke), Jennifer Cromwell (Virginia), Desiree Burns (Virginia), Nora Phillips (Virginia), Helen Tompkins (Virginia) and Sidney Thorsten (Virginia).

ACC Crew of the Year – Virginia First Varsity 8+ Sydney Thorsten (C), Jennifer Cromwell (S), Katrin Reinert (7), Desiree Burns (6), Christine O’Brien (5), Martha Kuzzy (4), Helen Thompkins (3), Nora Phillips (2), Summer Nelson (B).

ACC Freshman of the Year: Kristine O’Brien (Virginia)

ACC Coach of the Year: Kevin Sauer (Virginia)

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