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April 3, 2013
Greensboro, N.C. -- Clemson's First Varsity Four crew which defeated a pair of Pac-12 crews from 9th-ranked Stanford and Oregon State and performed well against 2nd-ranked California last weekend in Redwood Shores, Calif., was named by the Atlantic Coast Conference as its ACC Crew of the Week on Wednesday.
Composed of sophomore coxswain Carissa Richardson (St. Catherine's, Ontario, Canada), junior Stephanie Cameron (Alexandria, Va.), junior Kathleen Scibelli (Walkersville, Md.), senior Sarah Monn (Skillman, N.J.) and junior Maria Jose Gutierrez (Lima, Peru), the Clemson First Varsity Four posted a season's best time of 7:28.2, in its first race of the weekend, downing 9th-ranked Stanford (7:32.5) on Saturday.
The win was the first by Clemson's First Varsity Four was its first over a nationally-ranked opponent since defeating Virginia last year in the ACC Championships.
The Tigers then came back later Saturday and posted a time of respectable time of 7:29.2 in dropping a race to the 2nd-ranked California Bears (7:15.7).
Coach Robbie Tenenbaum's team then keyed a Tiger sweep of all four races against Oregon State on Sunday as the First Varsity Four crew defeated OSU (7:44.6), posting a time of 7:40.1 in much less conducive rowing conditions.
The Tigers First Varsity Four earned ACC Crew of the Week honors over the Second Varsity Eight crew from Boston College, which defeated crews from Rhode Island, Massachusetts and George Washington on the Narrow River in Kingston, R.I., last Saturday, and the North Carolina First Varsity Four crew, which defeated Fours from both Georgetown and Georgetown Lightweight, in a Saturday race on the Potomac River in Washington, D.C.
Clemson will next be in action on April 13 in Cambridge, Mass., facing 11th-ranked Yale, Dartmouth and Boston University on the Charles River.
The 2013 ACC Rowing Championship will be held on Sunday, May 12, on Lake Hartwell in Clemson, S.C.