May 13, 2001
OAK RIDGE, Tenn. — The Clemson rowing team claimed the South Region title as three Tiger boats claimed championships Sunday in the 2001 Lexus South/Central Sprints held on Melton Hill Lake. The Tigers’ second varsity eight, varsity four and second varsity four boats claimed titles.
The second varsity eight finished fourth in the grand final with a time of 6:55.1. Michigan won the race with a time of 6:42.6, while Ohio State was second in 6:50.1. Iowa took third (6:51.2) and the Tigers placed fourth. Michigan State finished fifth (6:55.6), and Notre Dame was sixth (7:03.6).
Clemson’s varsity four also finished fourth in the grand final with a time of 7:39.5. Michigan won the race with a time of 7:23.6, Iowa was second in 7:26.5 and Ohio State finished third with a time of 7:28.8. The Tigers placed fourth, defeating Michigan State (7:39.7) and Kansas (7:54.4).
The second varsity four finished sixth in their grand final, posting a time of 8:01.2. Michigan won the race with a time of 7:32.7, Ohio State was second in 7:43.7 and Iowa was third in 7:44.8. Notre Dame placed fourth (7:56.9) and Michigan State was fifth with a time of 7:58.8.
Clemson’s first varsity eight won the C level final with a time of 6:44.9, defeating second-place Indiana by eight seconds (6:52.1). North Carolina was third in 6:54.6, SMU was fourth in 6:57.3 and Cincinnati placed fifth with a time of 6:59.4.
The first novice eight finished sixth in the petite final with a time of 7:23.1. Cincinnati won the race in 7:09.6 while Duke was second with a time of 7:11.2. Notre Dame finished third (7:11.5), SMU was fourth (7:12.6) and Michigan State was fifth (7:18.6).
“We had a great day of racing – all of our boats performed well today with the second varsity eight, varsity four and second varsity four capturing south region championships,” said head coach Susie Lueck. “Unfortunately, yesterday was a disappointing day for the varsity eight and because our protest was not upheld we competed in the C final. However, the Tigers dominated that race with a great time.”
The Tigers await word of an invitation to the NCAA Championships to be held on Lake Lanier in Gainesville, GA, May 24-27. The field is scheduled to be announced on Tuesday.
Complete Results First Varsity Eight C Final – Clemson 6:44.9, Indiana 6:52.1, North Carolina 6:54.6, SMU 6:57.3, Cincinnati 6:59.4 Second Varsity Eight Grand Final – Michigan 6:42.6, Ohio State 6:50.1, Iowa 6:51.2, Clemson 6:55.1, Michigan State 6:55.6, Notre Dame 7:03.6 First Novice Eight Petite Final – Cincinnati 7:09.6, Duke 7:11.2, Notre Dame 7:11.5, SMU 7:12.6, Michigan State 7:18.6, Clemson 7:23.1 First Varsity Four Grand Final – Michigan 7:23.6, Iowa 7:26.5, Ohio State 7:28.8, Clemson 7:39.5, Michigan State 7:39.7, Kansas 7:54.4 Second Varsity Four Grand Final – Michigan (7:32.7), Ohio State (7:43.7), Iowa (7:44.8), Notre Dame (7:56.9), Michigan State (7:58.8), Clemson (8:01.2)
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