Nov. 7, 2004
Gainesville, GA – Clemson rowing competed in the Head of the Chattahoochee regatta on Saturday and turned in some solid performances in the final fall season event.
For the second consecutive weekend, Clemson’s novice program turned in some outstanding performances. Clemson finished first and third in both the freshman novice 4+ and freshman novice 8+ events. In the novice 4+, Clemson’s A boat was first and the B boat finished third. In the novice 8+ event, Clemson’s A boat won with a time of 18:16, finishing ahead of Texas and the Tigers’ B boat with a time of 19:09.5.
“The novice boats competed very strongly,” said Susie Lueck, head coach of the Tigers.
The first varsity 8+ finished sixth in the championship 8+ race in a time of 18:02.2. Texas claimed the race with a time of 17:16.6, while Clemson’s second varsity 8+ came in 11th with a time of 18:38.2.
“The varsity 8+ had a solid race,” said Lueck. “They really have shown improvement from last week and a couple of weeks ago at the Head of the Charles.”
The Tigers finished with a time of 18:50.8 in the club 8+ event, while the Tigers were fifth (21:51.6) and 12th (22:54.7) in the club 4+ race.
“Overall, it was a pretty good day,” Lueck said. “We look forward to the races tomorrow and to winter training.” Clemson will have six pairs racing on Sunday to wrap up the Head of the Hooch weekend.
The event will mark the end of the nontraditional fall season for the Tigers. Clemson’s focus on aerobic conditioning has helped prepare the Tigers for the difficult spring season, which will begin in March of 2005.
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