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Clemson Wins Junior Varsity 4+, 8+ and Varsity 4+ at SIRA Championships

April 16, 2000

OAK RIDGE, TN – Clemson claimed victories in the Junior Varsity4+, the Junior Varsity 8+ and the Varsity 4+ at the Southern Intercollegiate Rowing Association Championships held on Melton Hill Lake.

The Tigers claimed Sunday afternoon’s final in the Junior Varsity 8+, finishing in a time of 6 minutes, 58.7 seconds. Clemson beat second-place Notre Dame (7:11.2) and third-place North Carolina (7:17.3). Tulsa, Purdue and Central Florida rounded out the grand final.

Clemson also earned victory in the grand final of the Varsity 4+ finishing in a time of 7:50.0. The Tigers finished ahead of Duke (8:04.9) and the Clemson Rowing Association, a club team from Clemson (8:09.7). Florida Tech, Tulane and Stetson completed the field.

On Saturday night, the Tigers claimed the grand final of the Junior Varsity 4+ event in a time of 8:20.7. Clemson beat Tennessee (8:41.1) and Duke (8:49.3). The University of Charleston, Tampa and the College of Charleston rounded out the field.

In the Varsity 8+ grand final, Clemson was second behind Tulsa. The Golden Hurricane finished only three-tenths ahead of the Tigers, or about four inches. Tulsa finished in a time of 6:53.1, while Clemson was clocked at 6:53.4. North Carolina, Purdue, Notre Dame and Jacksonville were also in the grand final. Clemson was awarded the Daugherty Cup for beating Tennessee, Duke and North Carolina in the Varsity 8+. North Carolina was third in the event with a time of 6:56.2, while Tennessee and Duke did not advance to the final.

Clemson was third in the Novice 8+ on Sunday. The Tigers finished in a time of 7:05.6 behind first-place Duke (6:57.5) and Louisville (7:01.5). Notre Dame, Indiana and Miami (Fla.) were also in the race. In Sunday’s only other final, the Novice 4+, Clemson finished sixth. The event was won by NC State.

The Tigers will next compete against Washington State and Michigan State April 22 on Ovid Lake in Lansing, MI. That is the final tuneup before the ACC Championships April 29 in Charlottesville, VA.

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