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March 23, 2010
GREENSBORO, N.C. - Clemson's First Varsity Eight was named the initial 2010 Atlantic Coast Conference Rowing Crew of the Week this week for defeating crews from Indiana, Alabama, Purdue and Marist this past Saturday on Lake Hartwell in Clemson.
The Tigers' First Varsity Eight Boat, which is composed of Kelly Murphy (Marietta, Ga.), Liz Robb (Roswell, Ga.), Ameerah Aly (Longwood, Fla.), Brittany Cummings (Virginia Beach, Va.), Sarah Daanen (Hayden, Id.), Becca Brown (Greenville, S.C.), Michelle Nance (Simpsonville, S.C.), Zsofia Bende (Mohacs, Hungary) and coxswain Katie Bruggeling (St. Catherines, Ontario, Canada), finished first in a time of 6:44.15, outdistancing Indiana (6:49.66), Purdue (6:53.83), Alabama (7:07.62) and Marist (7:27.27) in the Clemson Sprints.
In all, Clemson captured all four events in which it competed, also taking the Second Varsity Eight, the First Varsity Four and the Novice Eight competitions.
The Tigers, the defending ACC Champions, are coached by Richard Ruggieri, now in his third season as head coach of the Clemson Rowing program.
Clemson edged out the First Varsity Eight crew of Virginia which defeated Bucknell on Sunday on the Rivanna Reservoir in Charlottesville.
Virginia posted a time of 6:56.8 to best its own Second Varsity Eight (7:14.0) and the First Varsity Eight of Bucknell (7:18.2). The Cavaliers rowed to wins in five events: the First Varsity Eight, the Second Varsity Eight, the Third Varsity Eight, the Fourth Varsity Eight and the Novice Eight.
Clemson's First Varsity Eight crew is ranked 12th nationally in the pre-season CRCA national poll, while Virginia's First Varsity Eight is ranked 3rd nationally.