RALEIGH, N.C. — Clemson showed out on the first day of competition at the Lake Wheeler Invitational on Friday, winning four-of-five events and finishing as the runner-up in the other. The Tigers began the two-day regatta with an impressive performance that saw them qualify for all five finals without having to take part in any repechage races.
On a warm, sunny afternoon with light winds at Lake Wheeler, Clemson competed against regatta co-hosts No. 13 Duke and North Carolina and also rowed alongside Boston College, Central Florida, Miami and Stetson. The Tigers won their 1V8+, 2V8+, 1V4+ and 2V4+ heats and came in second place in their 3V8+ heat.
The Tigers kicked off their noteworthy day on the water by edging out UCF in the 1V8+ race, as the boat coxed by Kate Hadley won with a solid time of 6:33.138. Katie Herbolsheimer served as the coxswain for the 2V8+ boat, which clocked in at 6:48.796, nearly seven seconds faster than runner-up Miami. Perhaps the most notable achievement for the Tigers on the afternoon was defeating Duke in the 1V4+ race. Coxed by Julia Suplick, the 1V4+ crew recorded a winning time of 7:11.410.
Clemson will return to the water for the finals on Saturday, beginning with the 3V8+ final at 9 a.m. and concluding with the grand 1V8+ final at 11 a.m.
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1V8+1. Clemson 6:33.1382. Central Florida 6:34.2663. Miami 6:39.6504. Stetson 6:57.006
2V8+1. Clemson 6:48.7962. Miami 6:55.3233. Boston College 7:00.0934. Stetson 7:03.196
1V4+1. Clemson 7:11.4102. Duke 7:16.6543. North Carolina 7:34.210
2V4+1. Clemson 7:32.0722. Central Florida 7:34.9123. Stetson 8:38.538
3V8+1. Duke 6:53.8382. Clemson 6:56.1483. Central Florida 7:01.2554. Miami 7:25.0645. North Carolina 7:33.275
1V8+Kate Hadley (Cox), Rachel Twitty (Stroke), Anna Luttrell, Lori Belanger, Cate Schrieber, Kaley Wojciechowski, Isabel Velasquez, Claudia Scherbin, Maura Chozick
2V8+Katie Herbolsheimer (Cox), Bridget Kane (Stroke), Jaysen Hall, Meghan McLean, Ikelle Iturbe, Karli Robinson, Elise Sum, Auburn Dantice, Alex Thull
3V8+Christina Minyo (Cox), Charlotte Taylor (Stroke), Abby Dutton, Isabella Dudley, Amelia Rinehart, Gracie Collins, Kaila Wallace, Summer Ratley, Alexis Holliday
1V4+Emily Ash (Stroke), Ellie Loehrer, Jasmine Lewis, Cate Smith, Julia Suplick (Cox)
2V4+Emerey Sampson (Stroke), Pepper Kolman, Avery Howard, Caroline Emerson, Sarah Adams (Cox)