March 4, 2006
The Clemson rowing team kicked off its spring season by facing Eastern Michigan on a cool morning on Lake Hartwell. Following a fog delay that lasted approximately 30 minutes, Clemson swept Eastern Michigan in five races to get the season off to a great start. Highlighting the day’s performance was the novice 8+ in a dominating victory over the Eagles of Eastern Michigan.
“The team did a great job performing today,” said Susie Lueck, head coach at Clemson. “They came off a hard week of work and stepped up with some great racing. It is good to identify areas for us to improve for the upcoming season. I am pleased with the way the varsity 8+ has come together this week. The second varsity 8+ have made some great changes and found a lot of speed recently. The novice had a great race and it was fun for them to come away with such a large margin. We look forward to next weekend racing our newest conference member here in Tiger town.”
The varsity 8+ was the first race of the morning. Clemson had a four-seat lead at the 500m mark and had open water by 1000m. At the 1500m mark, the Tigers had a boat length lead of open water over the Eagles. Clemson won the race in 6:52, while Eastern Michigan came in at 7:01.7.
The second varsity 8+ race saw the Eastern Michigan crew get out to a quick, three-seat lead by the 500m mark. But by 1000m, the Tigers had pulled even with the Eagles. Clemson then took control and pulled away to a six-seat lead by 1500m. In the final 250m, the Tigers claimed open water and won with a time of 7:09.00. Eastern Michigan finished in a time of 7:15.7.
The novice 8+ race was over shortly after it started, as Clemson pulled away to open water by the first 500m. At 1000m, Clemson’s lead was approximately seven boat lengths of open water. The Tigers won in 7:16.7, while Eastern Michigan came in at 7:58.1.
In the fourth race of the day, the varsity 8+ for both schools split into two boats of varsity 4+. Clemson’s A and B boats were in a tight race until the B boat pulled ahead at the 500m mark. At 1000m, the two boats were even. Clemson A then quickly claimed a three-seat lead at 1250m. The A boat for the Tigers won in 7:38.1, while Clemson B was second at 7:41.9. Eastern Michigan’s B boat was third in 7:59.2, while their A boat was fourth in 8:03.
The final race of the morning was the second varsity 8+ boats splitting into 4+s. At the 500m mark, Clemson A held a four-seat lead over the field. At 750m, the crew enjoyed open water over Eastern Michigan’s A boat and Clemson’s B boat. At 1000m, the Tigers’ B boat passed the Eagles’ A boat. Clemson A had a three-seat lead over B boat at 1500m and pulled away in the end to win with a time of 7:50.3. The Tigers’ B boat finished second in 7:56.4. Eastern Michigan A and B were third and fourth in 7:59 and 8:21.1, respectively. Clemson’s C boat finished in 8:33.6.
“It was a great day of racing,” said assistant coach Kelly Lynch. “It was exciting to see so many fans early in the season. We have a lot of work to do, but it was great to have positive results like we did today. Now we need to get back to work and we look forward to racing next weekend.”
Clemson’s facility had a new look on Saturday, as construction for the new boathouse is underway. Concrete for the facility was poured on Friday. The Tigers will host Boston College in a dual regatta next Saturday, March 11. The event will get underway at 9:00 AM on Lake Hartwell.
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