Rowing ACCtion: Weekend of March 20-21

March 21, 2010

12th Ranked Clemson Rowing Wins Four Races at Clemson Sprints

CLEMSON, S.C. - The Clemson rowing team had a successful day as they won all four races they competed in at the Clemson Sprints held Saturday morning on Lake Hartwell. The Tigers competed against Alabama, Indiana, Marist and Purdue in a regatta that featured six 2000 meter races.

"As a coaching staff we are pleased with the depth and work ethic of this program," said Head Coach Richard Ruggieri. "With this depth, comes the challenge of putting together the fastest team while also maximizing speed in the Varsity 8. The next two weeks will be pivotal, particularly at the Varsity 8 level. I am confident our rowers will remain aggressive, cohesive and eager to get better. The racing continues to heat up and we need to match it."

The first race pitted the varsity eight crews from each school against each other. The Tigers group of coxswain Katie Bruggeling, Kelly Murphy at stroke, Liz Robb, Ameerah Aly, Brittany Cummings, Sarah Daanen, Becca Brown, Michelle Nance and Zsofia Bende at bow, took the win in a time of 6:44.15 over five seconds ahead of second place Indiana. Purdue's varsity eight finished third, Alabama came in fourth and Marist was fifth.

No. 3 Virginia Opens Season By Sweeping Five Races vs. Bucknell

CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. - The third-ranked Virginia rowing team swept five races vs. Bucknell in the spring season opener on Sunday, March 21, on the Rivanna Reservoir.

"It was a solid way to open our season," Virginia head coach Kevin Sauer said.

The Cavaliers' Varsity Eight, competing with Bucknell's Varsity Eight and UVa's Second Varsity Eight, finished first in that race with a time of 6:56.8. Virginia's Second Varsity Eight was second place with a time of 7:14.8, followed by Bucknell (7:18.2).

Racing head-to-head against Bucknell in three more eight-boat races, UVa won all three. The Cavaliers' Third Varsity Eight won with a time of 7:17.7, compared to Bucknell's Second Varsity Eight time of 7:31.5. Virginia's Fourth Varsity Eight won with a time of 7:39.9, compared to Bucknell's Third Varsity Eight time of 8:10.3. And Virginia's Fifth Varsity Eight won with a time of 7:39.2, compared to Bucknell's Fourth Varsity Eight time of 7:50.5.

Boston College at Jesuit Invitational (hosted by Saint Joseph's University)

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