CLEMSON, S.C. — The Clemson rowing team opened its fall season at the Tail of the Tiger on Saturday. The event, hosted by the Clemson University club program, was held on a cool morning and afternoon on Lake Hartwell.
“These races were really about giving our novice rowers some competitive experience,” said Head Coach Stephen Frazier Wong. “It was nice to get a race in and work out the kinks before our next competition, the Head of the Charles.”
Clemson’s First Novice 8+ claimed the top prize Saturday in its first competition. The Tigers outlasted several crews, including the Second Novice 8+, which placed third overall. Clemson’s A team, composed of Emily Scircle (cox), Katharine Kosma, Taylor Bigger, Caroline Bitter, Elizabeth Sessinger, Lauren Ackerman, Briana Mahoney, Erin Neville and Susan Griffin, posted a 5,000-meter time of 23:34. The 2N8 was comprised of Victoria Martin (cox), Madison Battersby, Megan Camarote, Claire Greenlaw, Morgan Houde, Abigail Hagood, Kathryn Sanderson, Alyson Ruzycky and Madison McDowell.
The Novice 4+, made up of Scircle, Ackerman, Komsa, Jessey Willis and Elizabeth Moshier, rowed to a first-place time of 23:17.
Clemson’s First Varsity 8+ won an eight-team competition Saturday morning. The crew, led by Tatiana Lundstrom in the eight seat, finished with a time of 13:37 over the 5K course. The Tigers had four of the top five, while competing against club teams from Clemson, College of Charleston and Davidson.
The Tigers raced four boats in an open 4+ competition. Paula Wesselmann and her team placed first, posting a time of 21:32 to outdistance the other Clemson entries.
The Tigers return to action October 17 and 18 at the Head of the Charles in Boston, Mass.
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