CLEMSON, S.C.— The Clemson rowing team finished second in the Women’s Club 4+ in the Head of the Charles on Saturday. The Tigers were narrowly edged out of first place by less than two-tenths of a second and made a strong showing in a field of 63 boats.
“Our Varsity 4+ put together a great race today. They were able to finish in the medals, and 2nd out of 63 competitors in their event, by establishing an attacking rhythm from the first stroke,” said Head Coach Stephen Frazier Wong. “Coach Caroline King worked with the boat in the weeks leading up to this race to create that emphatic aggression and they executed their race plan to leave their best effort out there on the course.“
“[Saturday’s] race was incredibly exciting for us. The conditions made it challenging, but we were able to respond and stay on the offensive throughout the race. As a senior, it was a very emotional experience and I extremely proud of all this boat has been able to accomplish,’ said Coxswain Katie Eidson.
The Tigers also competed in the Women’s Championship Eights on Sunday, placing 16th in a field of 33.
“In the Championship 8+ we improved to 16th this year from 21st last year. We’ve still got a lot of work to do but this improvement in our times and our placement is encouraging.”
“Overall our performance this weekend feels like a positive first step in our competitive season and gives us good feedback on the effectiveness of our training plan. I’m really looking forward to getting back to Clemson and applying the lessons we learned from this race,” said Frazier Wong.
“[Sunday’s race], the entire 4.8k we heard people shouting for Clemson which was exciting and motivational to us. Nevertheless we stayed focused in out boat and every single one of us gave everything they had,” said senior Milena Heuer, “We knew we only had this one race, this one shot, so we put all we got into this race and put it all in into every stroke.”
The team will have three weeks off before returning to competition where they will head to Chattanooga, Tenn., to compete in the Head of the Hooch on Nov. 7-8.
1V4: Katie Eidson (cox), Giorgia Bergamasco (4), Sophia Porach (3), Courtney Fallon (2), Lorena Croft (bow)
1V8: Emily Goff (cox), Paula Wesselmann (8), Tatiana Lundstrom (7), Milena Heuer (6), Dana Zielinski (5), Gaia Nencini (4), Ashley Robinson (3), Claire Prevost (2), Lydia Hanewich (bow)
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