March 18, 2000
CLEMSON, SC – The Clemson rowing team opened the 2000 spring season with a sweep of the Clemson Challenge on Saturday on Lake Hartwell in Clemson. The Tigers came from behind with a sprint at the end to win the Women’s Varsity 8+ race with a time of 7:06.9, beating out Purdue by 2.8 seconds for the win. The Boilermakers finished second at 7:09.7, and Jacksonville was third with a time of 7:11.9. George Mason placed fourth (7:40.7), and Marist was fifth (7:43.7).
The Tigers’ Novice 8+ continued their success from last year, when they completed an undefeated spring season, by taking first place on Saturday. The Tigers pulled in a time of 6:32.2, followed by Marist at 6:45.3. George Mason placed third (7:00.3), and Purdue was fourth (7:10.4).
Clemson’s Varsity 4+ teams placed first and second. Clemson B won the race with a time of 7:53.1, and Clemson A was second at 8:04.2. George Mason recorded a time of 8:20.4 for third place, and Purdue was fourth with a time of 9:09.0.
The Tigers’ second Varsity 8+ teams were also first and second. Clemson A took the victory in 7:05.6, followed by Clemson B in 7:31.1. Purdue finished third at 7:36.5, and Marist was fourth with a time of 8:25.8. Clemson’s second Novice 8+ recorded a time of 9:25.2 for first place, followed by George Mason in second at 10:07.3.
“Today was a good day of racing for Clemson rowing,” said Tiger head coach Susie Lueck. “Despite the challenging wind and water conditions, the Tigers proved that they are a team that is going to be successful this spring. It was a good regatta to start the season with, to build the team’s confidence. In the last event, the Women’s Varsity 8+, there was outstanding competition from Jacksonville and Purdue. It was exciting to see a close race, and the Tigers pulled out a great sprint to win.”
Next Saturday the Tigers will compete in the Clemson Invitational on Lake Hartwell. The regatta, which features Clemson, Duke, Northeastern and Tennessee, will begin at 10 a.m. and conclude at 11:30 a.m.
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