The 19th-ranked Clemson rowing team will state its case for an NCAA bid on Saturday when the Tigers face No. 3 Michigan, No. 4 Ohio State and No. 14 Harvard on Saturday at Columbus, Ohio in the final regatta of the 2012 regular-season.
"We had a great performance at our conference championship last weekend and we are looking forward to great competition against Ohio State, Michigan and Harvard this weekend," said Clemson coach Robbie Tenenbaum. "The entire team had a great week of practice as we prepare for our last regular season race."
The Tigers will face Ohio State and Harvard in the morning session beginning at 9 a.m., and then will face Michigan and Harvard in the afternoon session beginning at 1 p.m.
Clemson's 1st Varsity 4 is looking to build on their first-place finish at the ACC Championships, while the 1st and 2nd Varsity 8 are looking to improve on their times in their final regular-season races.
"The seniors on our team have really stepped up the past few weeks," said Tenenbaum. "One of our captains, Becca Brown moved into the stroke seat of our 1st Varsity 8, Kristen Agee has been doing a great job all spring in the 2nd 8 and Taylor Hoynacki, Katie Mosier, Rebekah Clogston and Kenzie DuBrul were the Varsity 4 that won ACC's along with freshman coxswain Carissa Richardson. It is always great that the senior leaders can lead the charge."
Tenebaum says he believes the Tigers are worthy of an NCAA team bid.
“I do think this team has what it takes to get to the NCAAs,” Tenebaum said. “Harvard is (14th) in the country right now, and have beaten people that we’ve lost to earlier in the year.
“Ohio Sate and Michigan are both in the top-five or six, and this is an opportunity for us to go out and beat somebody that’s been beating a lot of people. We can prove to the selection-committee that our late season results show that we should be in the championship-field. And our team is fired-up, and ready and raring to go.”