ACC Rowing Notebook: Four ACC Teams To Compete at Clemson Invitational

Four ACC Teams To Compete at Clemson Invitational; Notre Dame Heads to Lake Natoma BC Faces BU, URI, Holy Cross

Four ACC teams--Virginia, Syracuse, Louisville and host Clemson--will compete this weekend in the Clemson Invitational, which will be held on Lake Hartwell in Clemson, South Carolina.

The Clemson Invitational has become one of the premier rowing events of the year, and will feature nine members of this week’s CRCA Top 20 in the 20-team field, led by third-ranked UVA, but also including Ohio State (No. 4), Texas (No. 8), Michigan (No. 10), Indiana (No. 13), Washington State (No. 14), Harvard-Radcliffe (No. 17), Syracuse (No. 19) and Louisville (No. 20).

Notre Dame will head to Lake Natoma, outside of Sacramento, Calif., to participate in the Lake Natoma Invitational on the same course that hosted the 2015 NCAA National Championship and will host the 2016 NCAA Rowing National Championship in late May.

The Irish, ranked 18th nationally this week, will face some high-powered opposition with seven of the nine schools ranked in the Top 20, including the top two ranked teams in the nation, in top-ranked Brown and No. 2 California. They are joined by Stanford (No. 7), Wisconsin (No. 12), Gonzaga (No. 15) and Iowa (No. 16), as well as unranked Sacramento State and Loyola Marymount.

Boston College is also busy this weekend, facing Boston University and Rhode Island on Saturday on the Charles River, and then racing Holy Cross on Sunday on Lake Quinsigamond in Worcester, Massachusetts.

Four Rowers Honored With ACC Weaver-James-Corrigan Postgraduate Scholarships

Four Atlantic Coast Conference rowers have been named winners of the 2016 ACC Weaver-James-Corrigan Postgraduate Scholarships. They were honored at the annual ACC Scholar-Athlete Luncheon, which was at the Koury Convention Center in Greensboro.

The Weaver-James-Corrigan postgraduate scholarships are awarded to selected student-athletes who intend to pursue a graduate degree following completion of their undergraduate requirements. Each recipient will receive $5,000 toward his or her graduate education. Those honored have performed with distinction in both the classroom and their respective sport, while demonstrating exemplary conduct in the community.

The Weaver-James-Corrigan Award is named in honor of the late Jim Weaver and Bob James, as well as Gene Corrigan, the first three ACC commissioners.

ACC Rowers who were honored include Clemson’s Anna Skochdopole (Indianapolis, Indiana), Notre Dame’s Sarah Kappers (Cincinnati, Ohio), Syracuse’s Kari Tomeny (Baldwinsville, New York) and Virginia’s Chelsea Adams (Chesapeake, Virginia).

Skochdopole, majoring in Biological Science, is a three-time member of the ACC Academic Honor Roll and has twice been named a CRCA National Scholar-Athlete. In the previous two seasons she rowed primarily with the First Varsity 4+ and saw racing action split between the two-seat and bow.

Kappers, who is majoring in Pre-Professional Psychology & Science, has competed at two ACC and NCAA regattas and is a two-time CRCA National Scholar-Athlete, All-ACC Rowing Academic Team member and a selection to the ACC Academic Honor Roll.

Adams, who is majoring in Public Policy & Leadership, is a two-time ACC Champion for the Virginia rowing program. She rowed as a member of the Second Varsity Eight that captured the 2013 and 2015 ACC Championships and competed twice at the NCAA Championships in the same boat, placing seventh in 2013 and 12th in 2015. Adams is a three-time member of the ACC Academic Honor Roll (2013-15).

Tomeny, who is majoring in Economics and Psychology, is a 2015 CRCA National Scholar-Athlete, she was also named a 2015 All-Atlantic Coast Conference Academic Team honoree and was one of eight team members to earn a perfect 4.0 grade point average in the fall of 2015. Tomeny rowed in the First Varsity Eight boat in every race during 2015 campaign while helping the Orange to a fourth-place showing in the First Varsity Eight competition at the 2015 ACC Championships. 

Four ACC Teams Remain In The CRCA Top 20

The ACC once again had four teams ranked in the Collegiate Rowing Coaches Association weekly national Top 20, led by Virginia which has sole possession of third-place this week, moving just ahead of fourth place Ohio State.

Notre Dame is ranked 18th, followed by Syracuse ranked 19th and Louisville in 20th. Duke remains among teams listed as receiving votes.

Virginia, which totaled 411 points and is marking its 90th consecutive week ranked in the Top 20, trails only No. 1-ranked Brown, which had 492 points and 23 first-place votes and No. 2 California, which had 453 points and two first-place votes.

Boston College First Varsity Four Named ACC Crew of the Week
Eagles’ Crew Take the Gold Medal; BC Wins Six Medals at Prestigious Knecht Cup

Boston College’s First Varsity Four was named the Atlantic Coast Conference Crew of the Week after taking home the gold medal Sunday at the Knecht Cup, held on Mercer Lake in West Windsor Township, New Jersey.

BC’s First Varsity Four won both its heat and semifinal races on Saturday, before capturing the Grand Final on Sunday with a time of 7:30.30, edging ACC rival North Carolina (7:30.78) for the gold. BC won the title against a total of 34 crews that competed at the Knecht Cup in the Varsity Four event.

The Boston College First Varsity Four is composed of sophomore coxswain Amanda Bakke (Poughkeepsie, New York); sophomore Michela Karrash (North Wales, Pennsylvania); freshman Paige Vignone (Wyckoff, New Jersey); sophomore Elizabeth McKernan (Blue Bell, Pennsylvania) and freshman Olivia Rogus (Chester, New Jersey).

The Varsity Four finish for the highlighted six medals that BC won on Sunday, in what Eagle head coach Steve Fiske termed “the best team performance in program history.”

BC also finished first in the Novice Four, second in the First Varsity Eight, third in the Second Varsity Eight, the Second Varsity Four and the Third Varsity Eight races.

Boston College will next be in action this Saturday, when the Eagles face Boston University and Rhode Island on the Charles River in Boston.