Event Serves as Preview of the ACC Championship, Boston College Faces Harvard-Radcliffe, Michigan State on the Charles River
The ACC Rowing Championship is still three weeks away, but those who would like to get an advance preview of the event should be at Clemson this Saturday and Sunday for the annual Clemson Invitational that will feature five ACC teams competing over the same course on Lake Hartwell as they will on May 14.
Virginia, ranked 10th nationally, 15th-ranked Syracuse, 18th-ranked Louisville, 19th-ranked Duke and host Clemson will be on hand to row against a 21-team field that includes five other nationally-ranked teams, led by fourth-ranked Ohio State and fifth-ranked Texas.
Also scheduled to be on hand at the Invitational, which has become one of the larger and most prestigious regattas of the spring rowing season, will be 11th-ranked Wisconsin, 14th-ranked Washington State, and 20th-ranked Indiana, as well as Gonzaga, UCLA, UCF, Columbia, Cornell, Oregon State, Navy, Minnesota, Oklahoma, Penn and Tennessee. Both Gonzaga and Penn have been nationally ranked at some point this season and are among those receiving votes in this week’s Collegiate Rowing Coaches Association (CRCA) weekly Top 20.
The Clemson Invitational begins at 8:30 a.m. on Lake Hartwell on Saturday, with a evening session at 5 p.m. Sunday competition also begins at 8:30 a.m.
Virginia, coached by Kevin Sauer, will be looking to continue the success it has had on Lake Hartwell as the Cavaliers have won seven straight ACC titles at Clemson.
The Cavaliers are rowing in their first competition since the Pac-12 Invite on April 1 in Redwood Shores, California. UVA and Duke did face each other in an unscored exhibition last Saturday on the Rivanna River just outside of Charlottesville.
Syracuse, coached by Justin Moore, looks poised to give the Cavaliers a challenge after winning both the Doc Hosea Invite and defeating then 15th-ranked Harvard-Radcliffe in back to back competitions.
Louisville, coached by Derek Copeland, is making its first competition since April 1, when the Cardinals took five of six events from 20th-ranked Indiana at the Big Ten Double Duel in Bloomington, Indiana.
Duke, coached by Megan Cooke Carcagno, faced Ohio State and third ranked Michigan, as well as conference foe Notre Dame last weekend in the Big Ten Double Duel in Columbus, Ohio. The Blue Devils posted an impressive time of 6:29.8 while coming in third in the First Varsity Eight against the Buckeyes and Wolverines.
Host Clemson, coached by Stephen Frazier Wong, is making its first competition since defeating Sacramento State and Boston University on April 9 at the Lake Natoma Invitational in Gold River, California, in the First and Second Varsity Eights and the First Varsity Four.
Boston College, coached by Steve Fiske, is also on the water this weekend as the Eagles will face 17th-ranked Harvard-Radcliffe and Michigan State Sunday on the Charles River in Boston. The Eagles split four races against Rhode Island and Boston University last Saturday in the Resolute Cup, which which was also held on the Charles River.
BC captured the First Varsity Four and Second Varsity Four races, but dropped the First Varsity Eight and Second Varsity Eight events to Rhode Island.
Miami, Notre Dame and North Carolina are off this week and will compete next week in their final preparations for the ACC Championship.
NCAA Awards Future Rowing Championships
This year’s NCAA Rowing Championships are set for May 26-28 at Mercer County Park in West Windsor, New Jersey, but the NCAA announced four future sites for the National Championship this week.
The NCAA Rowing Championships will be held at Nathan Benderson Park in Sarasota, Florida, next year (2018) for the first time and the NCAA announced Tuesday that it will bring its Division I, Division II and Division III championships for women to Benderson Park in both 2021 and 2022, positioning the Sarasota facility to play host to the event three times in five years. The 2019 championships will be held in Indianapolis, and the 2020 championships will go to Oak Ridge, Tennessee. All three NCAA championships at Benderson are being held in conjunction with host school UCF.
Miami and North Carolina both competed at the facility earlier this month in the Sunshine State Invitational.