CLEMSON — The Clemson rowing team recorded strong performances against Boston, Indiana, Iowa, Marist, Purdue, and Syracuse Saturday morning on Lake Hartwell. All six races came down to the final 500 meters.
The morning started with the most exciting race of the day, the 1st Varsity 8. Clemson’s V8 lead the race in the first 500 meters, but gave up a good bit of ground to a strong Indiana boat. The Tigers pushed in the last 250 meters to pull even. Officials reviewed the finish and determined that the result was a dead heat for Clemson and Indiana at 6:46.21. Syracuse and Iowa fought hard for third and fourth place, finishing at 6:51.57 and 6:52.78, respectively. Boston University, Purdue, and Marist rounded out the seven-boat race with times of 7:01.30, 7:12.08, 7:29.50, in that order.
In the second race of the day, the 2nd Varsity 8, the Tigers held a lead for the first 1500 meters, but could not hold off a charging Iowa crew at the line. Iowa finished with a time of 6:52.81 and Clemson with a time of 6:53.31. The rest of the field (by order of finish) was Syracuse, Boston University, Indiana, Purdue, and Purdue Lwt.
“I thought our boat raced well, and we will work hard to make sure we can finish strong in our next race,” said Clemson Head Coach Robbie Tenenbaum.
Clemson’s 1st Varsity 4 jumped out to an early lead that they never relinquished in the third race of the day. The Tigers finished 11 seconds ahead of the next closest team, with a time of 7:51.46. Syracuse, Indiana, and Iowa rounded out the field, respectively.
“The 1st Varsity 4 had a great race and really dominated the competition,” said Tenenbaum. “This group has been getting better and better every week, and we are excited to watch their improvement this spring. Coach Melanie Onufrieff has been working with the 4s and has really helped them to
become great racers.”
The Tigers also won the 1st Novice 8 race, with a time of 7:11.30, followed by Syracuse (7:18.56), Indiana (7:19.04), Marist (7:20.93), Iowa (7:24.40), Purdue 7:31.78) and Boston University (7:38.08).
The 2nd Novice 8 race was another close race, this time taken by Iowa (7:31.10), followed closely by the Tigers with a time of 7:38.29. Indiana, Boston University, Purdue, and Marist rounded out the field of six.
“The Novice 8 continues to get stronger,” Tenenbaum said. “This group is really pushing each other. They are the future of our team, and Coach Jessica Leidecker is doing a fantastic job with them this season.”
The final race of the day, the 2nd Varsity 4, was a race dominated by the Clemson ‘A’ boat. The Tigers finished with a time of 8:00.25, followed by Indiana, Clemson ‘B’, and Clemson Novice.
The Tigers return to action next Saturday at 9 AM on Lake Hartwell when they take on Kansas.