Oct. 31, 2004
Knoxville, TN – Clemson rowing battled windy conditions and rough water to a successful day in the 29th annual Head of the Tennessee regatta on Saturday. For the Tigers, the novice program performed well in the event. In the women’s collegiate novice 8+ race, the Tigers finished first and second. The “A” boat had a time of 19:11, while the Clemson “B” boat came in at 20:10.
In the collegiate novice 4+, Clemson swept all first three spots. Clemson “C” finished in first place with a time of 22:05, followed at 22:19 by the Clemson “A” boat, and Clemson’s “B” boat came in third with a time of 23:07.
“Sweeping the novice races was huge for them in their first intercollegiate competition against division I teams,” said Susie Lueck, head coach for the Tigers.
The varsity programs battled the conditions and came away with good finishes, ending up 2-3 behind Tennessee in the Championship 8+ race. The first varsity 8+ finished in a time of 18:50, with the second varsity 8+ coming in at 19:05. “The varsity programs competed well today,” Lueck said.
Lueck was proud of the effort she saw from the Tiger rowers, especially considering the tough conditions. “Rowing is the ultimate team sport and the tigers showed it today with a Solid Orange effort.”
The Tiger rowers return to action next Saturday, November 6 for the third consecutive weekend of competition. Clemson will compete in the Head of the Chattahoochee, which is held at Clark’s Bridge Park (1996 Olympics rowing venue) near Gainesville, GA. The event will conclude Clemson’s fall season.
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