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Clemson Rowing Travels to Tennessee for the South & Central Regionals

May 12, 2010

CLEMSON, SC – The Clemson rowing team will compete in the South and Central Regionals Saturday, May 15 and Sunday May 16 in Oak Ridge, TN. The Tigers will have four teams competing in the regional championship, including the Varsity Eight, Second Varsity Eight, Varsity Four and Second Varsity Four. Clemson finished sixth as a team last season and was second in the South region for the second year in a row.

The 2010 regionals will feature 24 teams, including four from the ACC. Seven of the Varsity Eight boats that will be competing are currently ranked in the Top 20 of the CRCA/USRowing Poll.

The Tigers’ day will begin at 9:30 a.m. on Saturday, as they will compete in the fourth heat of the Open Four competition. Clemson’s fifth-seeded Second Varsity Four will go up against crews from Tennessee, Iowa, Virginia, Tulsa and Dayton. The top three finishers from each heat will go on to the A/B semifinals at 2:20 and 2:30 Saturday afternoon, and the fourth through sixth place teams will compete in the C/D semifinals at 2:00 and 2:10.

Next up for Clemson will be the Varsity Four race at 10:20, in which the Tigers are the third seed and will compete in the third heat against Kansas State, Central Florida, Michigan and Tulsa. Clemson defeated Michigan earlier in the season at the ACC/Big Ten Challenge. The top three finishers from each heat will move on to the A/B semifinals at 3:20 and 3:30 Saturday afternoon, while the fourth through sixth place crews will compete at 3:00 or 3:10 in the C/D semifinals.

Clemson’s seventh seeded Second Varsity Eight will take to the water in the second heat at 10:50 Saturday morning. They will be up against Tulsa, Iowa, Virginia and Kansas. The Cavaliers defeated the Tigers earlier this season in the ACC Championships. The top three finishers will head to the A/B semifinals at 4:00 and 4:10, while the C/D finals will take place at 3:40 and 3:50.

Then Clemson’s 15th ranked Varsity Eight crew will race at 11:30, as they seeded seventh and will compete against crews from Tulsa, Louisville, Michigan State, Indiana and Dayton. Clemson defeated Indiana in a regatta held on Lake Hartwell back in March. Like each of the other races, the top three finishers will move on to the A/B semifinals to be held at 4:40 and 4:50. The fourth through sixth place finishers will compete in the C/D semifinals at 4:20 and 4:30.