April 17, 2008
Clemson, SC – Clemson will host the ACC Rowing Championships for the fifth consecutive spring and seventh time overall on Saturday morning. Teams from Boston College, Duke, Miami, North Carolina and Virginia will come to Lake Hartwell for the ninth annual competition, which has been won each time by Virginia. The competition will begin at 9 am with the Varsity 4+ competition, followed in order by the Novice 8+ at 9:20, the Second Varsity 8+ at 9:40, and the First Varsity Eight at 10:00.
The Tigers Varsity 8+ crew is currently ranked 17th in the nation and has previously been named ACC Crew of the Week. The Second Varsity 8+ crew has also been named ACC Crew of the Week and had a successful showing recently at the San Diego Crew Classic. The Novice 8+ also had a strong performance at the San Diego Crew Classic, finishing first in the petite finals.
At last season’s ACC Championships, Clemson came in second behind Virginia in the Varsity 4+, Novice 8+, and Second Varsity 8+ races. The Tiger’s Varsity 8+ boat came in third behind Virginia and Duke, helping the Tigers to a second place overall finish. Suzanne Van Fleet was an All-ACC selection last year and she will look to add another such accolade at this year’s championship event.
Virginia won the ACC crown last season and has won the championship every year it has been held. In fact, the Cavaliers have only been defeated twice in the history of the league regatta. Clemson’s Varsity 4+ took first place in 2001 and the Novice 8+ crew for the Tigers won in 2005.
The varsity 8+ race is worth the most points toward a team’s total. The winner of that race will bring home 24 points, while the second varsity 8+ champion will accumulate 18. The varsity 4+ is worth 12 points, while the novice 8+ winner will earn six. In addition to determining this year’s ACC Team Champions, the All-ACC Rowing team will be named just after the conclusion of the Championships as will the ACC’s Coach of the Year and Rookie of the Year award-winners. Also announced will be the ACC’s Crew of the Year.
Schedule of Events
Varsity 4+……….9 am
Lane 1 (Seed #5) – North Carolina
Lane 2 (Seed #3) – Duke
Lane 3 (Seed #1) – Virginia
Lane 4 (Seed #2) – Clemson
Lane 5 (Seed #4) – Miami
Lane 6 (Seed #6) – Boston College
Novice 8+……….9:20 am
Lane 1 (Seed #5) – Miami
Lane 2 (Seed #3) – North Carolina
Lane 5 (Seed #4) – Boston College
Second Varsity 8+……….9:40 am
Varsity 8+……..10:00 am
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