Oct. 12, 2003
The juniors took the class day race for the first time since 2000 to highlight the sixth annual Class Day Regatta on Lake Hartwell Sunday morning. The event featured the first ever alumni race as well as two freshman races. In keeping with Class Day tradition, each team dressed up in a different costume.
“It was an exciting day to be a part of Clemson rowing,” said Head Coach Susie Lueck. “The sunshine and flat water, combined with great parental support and a festive atmosphere, led to fast racing.”
The event kicked off with a 1,000-meter Novice race between the Princesses and Beware the Hare. The Princesses, consisting of Kristen Holloway, Crystal Eden, Amy Keller, Sarah Broeker, Nichole Wilson, Katie Smith and Amanda Howle, took the win with a time of 5:28. Beware the Hare, which consisted of Christie Goetz, Julia Fishel, Keelin Cassidy, Brittney Waltz, Mandy Duty, Kelly Feight and Ali Sutton followed closely with a time of 5:34.6.The race was the first for those Novice teams as Clemson rowers.
Returning to the water were 18 former Tiger rowers who dressed up in white shirts and ties to reflect their new lives as members of the work force. The winning 9-to-5’ers were Mary Catherine Manning finished second in the 1,000-meter race with a time of 3:40.8.
“Having two alumni boats race each other for the first time speaks volumes of the loyalty from our graduates,” said Lueck.
The first 2,000-meter event of the day involved the freshmen, who were participating in their first sprint race as Tigers. The Football Players, consisting of Catilyn Thompson, Sarah Tiedge, Liz Averyt, Sarah Cooper, Kathryn Wait, Katie Sovik, Jen Landis, Allison Spiker and Patsy Ashmore defeated the Fresh Fruit, consisting of Kelly Croughwell, Brittney Gamble, Laura Nichols, Erica Jaros, Jayme Van Erden, Emiline Planche, Margaret Gattis, Danielle Nesbit and Barbi Briemann. The Football Players finished by a boat length with a time of 7:14.7 while Fresh Fruit finished in 7:32.
The regatta’s main event, the 2,000-meter class day race, concluded the action. Participating in the race were the seniors, dressed as Miss Americas, the juniors, who were Tinkerbell, Peter Pan and the Lost Boys, and the sophomores who were the Remeras (Spanish for female rowers).
The sophomores took an early lead but the juniors stormed back to take the win. The juniors (Mary Nell Green, Lizzie Noll, Ashlee Brown, Candice Woodward, Kara Adloff, Tina Hughes, Jen Wortman, Meagan Harriman) finished with a time of 6:49.5. The sophomores (Meghan McCleskey, Chelsea Kautz, Elizabeth Weichel, Amanda White, Jaclyn Rath, Cati Harris, Andrea Martinelli, Kristen Weinacker, Mary Wilson) finished second with a time of 6:57.6. Placing third with a time of 7:14.9 were the seniors (Liz Yost, Sally Kukla, Marianne Grant, Carrie Sinnot, Katrina Cobb, Ann Sullivan, Jenny Champa, Katie Bero, Robin Mescher).
“The racing was competitive and it was good to see fast boats and fast times,” said Lueck.
The Tigers return to action on Saturday in the two-day Head of the Charles Regatta in Boston, MA.
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