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April 5, 2011
Greensboro, N.C.--Clemson's First Varsity 8+ boat was named the Atlantic Coast Conference Rowing Crew of the Week after defeating crews from both 7th-ranked Ohio State and 12th-ranked Michigan this past weekend at the annual ACC-Big Ten Challenge in Columbus, Ohio.
Clemson, ranked 14th nationally in the latest weekly national Collegiate Coaches Rowing Association poll last Wednesday, posted a time of 6:44.40 in defeating the Wolverines (6:47.94) in the morning session, then came back to down 7th-ranked Ohio State in the afternoon, posting a time of 6:56.35 to the Buckeyes' performance of 6:59.60.
The Tigers' First Varsity Eight crew consists of coxswain Katie Bruggeling (St. Catherine's, Ontario, Canada) and rowers Laura D'Urso (Dunross, Ireland), Laura Basadonna (Torino, Italy), Becca Brown (Greenville, S.C.), Liz Robb (Roswell, Ga.), Sarah Daanen (Hayden, Idaho), Heather Cummings (Virginia Beach, Va.), Grace Wolff (Chanhassen, Minn.) and Stephanie Cameron (Alexandria, Va.).
Clemson's crew nosed out the First Varsity Eight crew from Virginia for the honors as the Cavaliers also defeated both Ohio State and Michigan in the ACC-Big Ten Challenge. ACC teams swept all four First Varsity Eight races in the annual competition.
The Tigers, led by first-year head coach Robbie Tenenbaum, will next be in action on April 16, against 9th-ranked Southern California, 11th-ranked UCLA and 16th-ranked Texas on Lake Monticello just outside of in Charlottesville, Va.
The 2011 ACC Rowing Championships will then be held on Saturday, April 23, also on Lake Hartwell in Clemson, S.C.