May 16, 2011
OAK RIDGE, TN – The Clemson women’s rowing team defeated eight of the nine teams it faced and recorded strong performances at the Oak Ridge Regional on Sunday. The race was the Tigers’ final regular season race before the NCAA Championships.
In the 1st Varsity 8, ACC schools swept the top three spots with the Tigers finished second with a time of 6:31.86, behind ACC Champion Virginia (6:26.0). Duke rounded out the top three with a time of 6:34.78. Notre Dame, Louisville and Oklahoma finished fourth, fifth and sixth, respectively.
The Tigers again finished second in the 2nd Varsity 8 field of six (6:42.36), three seconds behind Virginia, who finished with a time of 6:39.30. In the 1st Varsity 4, Clemson finished in third in the field of six (7:24.50), behind Virginia (7:12.2) and Notre Dame (7:22.52).
In the 2nd Varsity 4, Clemson finished second in the field of six (7:36.79) behind ACC-foe Virginia (7:25.50). Virginia’s B boat finished third with a time of 7:38.65. The Tigers’ 3rd Varsity 8 finished second (7:04.67) behind Virginia (6:50.40).
“Our team raced really well this weekend,” said Clemson head coach Robbie Tenenbaum. “I was especially pleased with the performance of our 2nd Varsity 8. We came within three seconds of Virginia, which is one of the top 2nd Varsity 8’s in the country. Our team has been working very hard this year, and we are very proud of the progress we have shown each time we race.”
The Tigers are now waiting on the NCAA selection announcement, which will air live on the NCAA web site at 5:00 PM on Tuesday.
“We feel confident that we will get the opportunity to race again at the NCAA Championships at the end of May in Sacramento, CA,” Tenenbaum said.
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