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Clemson Rowing Closes Out Fall Season at the Head of the Hooch

Nov. 5, 2007

Chattanooga, TN – The Clemson rowing team had another strong showing this weekend at the Head of the Hooch regatta. Clemson’s best performance of the day came in the Championship 4+ race, where the Tigers finished first out of 30 teams with a time of 19:18.7. In addition, Clemson entered three other boats in the race, which finished third, sixth, and eighth.

The Tigers Varsity 8 boats also found success in the Championship 8+ race. The Varsity 8+ came in third with a time of 17:32.7, finishing just behind the University of Tennessee and Central Florida. The 2nd Varsity 8 came in seventh, with the 3rd Varsity 8+ finishing 19th.

The novice teams also fared well in Chattanooga, finishing fourth and ninth in their first collegiate rowing action.

‘It was another solid day for Clemson Rowing. Results continue to improve and rowers are becoming more comfortable with our system both on and off the water,” said Head Coach Richard Ruggieri. “Most crews competed for the first time and performed well. Most notable was an excellent race by the winning Clemson Varsity 4+ and a solid performance by an predominantly walk-on novice crew.”

This was the final regatta of the fall season for the Tigers, who look forward to building on their success in the spring.

“We head into the winter season with the goal of enhancing overall fitness and competitiveness,” said Ruggieri. “It is our goal to open the Varsity 8 and see who will rise to the top. The door is wide open and if we can accomplish our winter training goals we will come out deeper and stronger.”

The Tigers will open their spring season on March 1, 2008 at home against Eastern Michigan.