CLEMSON, S.C.— The Clemson rowing team continues its fall slate this weekend with the annual Head of the Charles Regatta in Boston, Mass. This marks the first major regatta for the Tigers this season.
“The Head of the Charles is one of rowing’s premier events; it seems like the entire North American rowing community descends on this three mile stretch of river for the next three days,” head coach Stephen Frazier Wong said. “In addition to top collegiate teams from across the country, there will be national federations, including the U.S. National Team, competing.”
“One of our goals is to tune out distractions while also taking the time to enjoy this heightened competitive atmosphere. It will be windy and much colder than we’re used to so we’ll get a chance to assess our composure and toughness in adverse conditions.”
“From a senior’s perspective it’s our time to make a difference. Our time to represent our team and start the season off right. This isn’t just an opportunity to race it’s an opportunity to be great and prove to our teammates at home that we have their backs and will give it our all for them,” said senior Courtney Fallon.
The Tigers are set to compete in two races; the Women’s Club Fours at 1:35 on Saturday and the Women’s Championship Eights at 2:44 on Sunday. Both large events, the former features 64 teams and the latter 33. These are teams primarily from other universities, but also includes club teams as well.
The rowing team recently competed in the Tail of the Tiger; a competition hosted by the Clemson University club program on Lake Hartwell. An opportunity for competitive experience and fine-tuning, the First Varsity 8+ and 4+ both saw first place finishes.
The Head of the Charles was founded in 1956 and is one of the premier competitions in rowing. It features over 11,000 athletes and attracts nearly 400,000 specatators over the two-day event.
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