15th Annual ACC Rowing Championship Opens Friday


Clemson Hosts ACC Rowing Championship for 12th Time on Lake Hartwell
ACC Rowing Championship To Feature Eight Teams and Two Days of Competition

Greensboro, N.C—The 15th Annual Atlantic Coast Conference Rowing Championship will be held this Friday and Saturday on Lake Hartwell in Clemson, S.C.

Saturday’s Championship finals will be video streamed live by the ACC Digital Network and will be available on the ACC’s official website, theACC.com with Dean Linke providing the play-by-play and Steve Pritzker, the analysis.  
Friday’s competition with heats in the First Varsity Four, Second Varsity Eight and First Varsity Eight will begin at 6 p.m. Saturday’s finals begin at 8:02 a.m. with the debut of the Third Varsity Eight competition (formerly the Novice Eight).

There is no charge for admission.

This week’s event marks the 12th time the Clemson Tigers have hosted the Rowing Championship which has also been held on Lake Monticello outside Charlottesville, Va., and Lake Melton in Oak Ridge, Tenn.

This year’s championship features eight teams for the first time as Notre Dame, ranked 10th nationally in this week’s Collegiate Rowing Coaches Association (CRCA) poll, and 18th-ranked Syracuse join 5th-ranked Virginia, host Clemson, which is among others receiving votes in the CRCA poll, Boston College,  Duke, Miami and North Carolina.

The addition of the two new schools has expanded the Rowing Championship to two days of competition and a total of 13 races in the First Varsity Eight, the Second Varsity Eight, the First Varsity Four and the Third Varsity Eight events.

Virginia, coached by Kevin Sauer, has won 13 of the previous 14 ACC titles, including the last four in a row. Clemson, which broke through to win the title in 2009, is the only other team to have won an ACC Rowing Championship.

The Cavaliers are the favorites to win this year’s event and are seeded first in each of the four Championship events by a vote of the league’s head coaches.

They will receive a strong test from the Fighting Irish, Syracuse and Clemson.  Notre Dame, coached by Martin Stone, enters this year’s ACC event for the first time, having won the past 10 BIG EAST rowing championships.
Virginia has won 50 of the 56 events of the previous 14 championships, with host Clemson having won the other six events.

The 2014 Rowing Championship Schedule

Friday, May 16
6:00 p.m.—First Varsity Four, Heat 1
6:10 p.m.—First Varsity Four, Heat 2
6:20 p.m.—Second Varsity Eight, Heat 1
6:30 p.m.—Second Varsity Eight, Heat 2
6:40 p.m.—First Varsity Eight, Heat 1
6:50 p.m.—First Varsity Eight, Heat 2

Saturday, May 17
8:02 a.m.—Third Varsity Eight, Final
8:10 a.m.—First Varsity Four, Petite Final
8:20 a.m.—First Varsity Four, Grand Final
8:30 a.m.—Second Varsity Eight, Petite Final
8:40 a.m.—Second Varsity Eight, Grand Final
8:50 a.m.—First Varsity Eight, Petite Final
9:00 a.m.—First Varsity Eight, Grand Final

9:30 a.m.—Awards Ceremonies