Nov. 3, 2001
GAINESVILLE, Ga. — The Clemson rowing teams first varsity 8+ boat claimed the championship 8+ race at the Head of the Chattahoochee held Saturday. The Head of the Hooch is the world’s second-largest regatta.
Clemson’s varsity 8+ defeated ACC-rival Duke as well as regional rivals Tennessee and Texas to win the championship. The Tigers posted a time of 16:50.4, defeating second-place Duke by 20 seconds (17:10). Tennessee finished third in 17:26, while Texas was fourth with a time of 17:26.6. Clemson’s second varsity 8+ finished 10th, and the Tigers’ third varsity 8+ raced in the Club 8+ race, finishing 11th.
In the novice 8+ race, Clemson finished fourth and sixth, with the Tigers’ fourth-place boat completing the course a mere two seconds behind third-place Texas.
The novice 4+ boats finished second and third in their race, as did the Tigers’ varsity 4+ boats.
“This was a really exciting day of racing for Clemson. The varsity and novice had outstanding results today,” said head coach Susie Lueck. “It’s exciting to have such a convincing win against ACC-rival Duke and regionally strong Tennessee and Texas teams. This is a great stepping stone to build the team’s confidence heading into next weekend’s regatta where we will face Ohio State, Virginia, Syracuse as well as Duke, who were NCAA participants last year.”
Clemson returns to action next Sunday, Nov. 11, at the Rivanna Romp in Charlottesville, VA.
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