By Staff Report.
Clemson, SC – The 14th-ranked Clemson women’s rowing team posted a second-place overall finish in Saturday’s ACC Championships on Lake
Hartwell. Defending conference champion, #5 Virginia, took home the trophy, notching 60 total points as a team.
“Virginia is historically one of the best teams in the country and again this year is one of the best teams in the country,” said Clemson head
coach Robbie Tenenbaum. “I couldn’t be more proud of the way we performed today, and I know our kids are ready to have another shot at Virginia at
The First Varsity 8 race, the final event of the day, turned out to be the closest and most exciting event of the day. It was Virginia and Clemson in
a tight battle from the beginning, with the Cavaliers pushing ahead of the Tigers halfway through the course. Clemson made a fierce charge at the
end, almost catching the crew from Virginia who finished 1.2 seconds ahead of the Tigers (about 2 seats).
Clemson’s First Varsity 8 was named ACC Crew of the Year at the conclusion of the Championships. Their impressive finishes throughout the year and
victories over multiple top-20 teams helped them win the award. The crew is comprised of Laura D’Urso, Laura Basadonna, Becca Brown, Liz Robb,
Sarah Daanen, Heather Cummings, Grace Wolff, Stephanie Cameron and coxswain Katie Bruggeling.
“The First Varsity 8 is the flagship crew of our team,” Tenenbaum continued. “They came out today and raced the way they knew they could
race. This is a crew that has raced some of the best crews in the country very tightly, and these guys know that they can race against anyone.”
In the Varsity 4 race, the Cavaliers jumped out to an early lead over the boat from Clemson and were able to hold off some late charges from the
Tigers to take the race with a time of 7:17.5. Clemson followed with a time of 7:28.0. Duke and Boston College battled for the third place spot,
with the Blue Devils coming out on top (7:39.6), followed by Boston College (7:44.8). North Carolina was fifth (8:00.9) and Miami was sixth
The second race of the day, the Novice 8, saw Virginia again claim the top spot (6:49.5), followed by Duke (7:01.0) and Clemson (7:03.6). North
Carolina finished fourth with a time of 7:09.2 and Boston College finished fifth (7:24.1).
In the second Varsity 8, Virginia finished first with a time of 6:35.9, followed closely by the Tigers who finished with a time of 6:40.8. Duke
was third (6:59.9), Miami fourth (7:04.5), Boston College fifth (7:09.9) and North Carolina sixth (7:18.3).
“I think there is some victory in the defeat today,” said Tenenbaum. “The kids are really excited about the direction the program is headed.”
Three Tigers were named First Team All-ACC. Senior Liz Robb received her second all-conference nod, while freshmen Laura D’Urso and Laura Basadonna received their first All-ACC honors.
ACC Championships Team Points
1.Virginia, 60; 2. Clemson, 49; 3. Duke, 41; 4. Miami, 23; 5. Boston
College, 22, 6. North Carolina, 14.
First Varsity Eight+
1. Virginia, 6:23.9; 2. Clemson, 6:25.1; 3. Duke, 6:41.4; 4. Miami, 6:49.6;
5. Boston College, 6:55.5; 6. North Carolina, 6:57.5.
Second Varsity Eight+
1. Virginia, 6:35.9; 2. Clemson, 6:40.8; 3. Duke, 6:59.9; 4. Miami, 7:04.5;
5. Boston College, 7:09.9; 6. North Carolina, 7:18.3.
1. Virginia, 6:49.5; 2. Duke, 7:01.0; 3. Clemson, 7:03.6; 4. North Carolina,
7:09.2; 5. Boston College, 7:24.1.
First Varsity Four+
1. Virginia, 7:17.5; 2. Clemson, 7:28.0; 3. Duke, 7:39.6; 4. Boston College,
7:44.8; 5. North Carolina, 8:00.9; 6. Miami, 8:46.2.
All-ACC Rowing Team
Brittany Walsh, North Carolina
Alycia Da’Loia-Moore, Boston College
Katalin Horvath, Miami
Sarah Medland, Miami
Alex Japhet, Duke
Emily Theys, Duke
Laura D’urso, Clemson
Liz Robb, Clemson
Laura Basadonna, Clemson
Claudia Blandford, Virginia
Christine Roper, Virginia
Martie Kuzzy, Virginia
Kristine O’Brien, Virginia
Sidney Thorsten, Virginia
Clemson First Varsity Eight
Kevin Sauer, Virginia
Alycia Da’Loia-Moore, Boston College