CLEMSON, S.C. — Clemson raced a full day’s worth of competition on Melton Lake in the sixth annual Oak Ridge Cardinal Invitational to open the spring rowing season Saturday. The Tigers picked up a victory and three runner-up finishes over the course of the day in Tennessee.
Head coach Stephen Frazier Wong swapped his fours in the afternoon, and the move paid off in a big way. Clemson’s Second Varsity 4+, which originally raced in the morning as the First Varsity 4+, won the afternoon session in a time of 7:51.44. The original 2V4 group showed out both sessions, claiming a pair of runner-up finishes. In the morning, the boat raced to a time of 7:33.68 and beat host Louisville, while in the afternoon recording a time of 7:36.60 ahead of Michigan State.
The Second Varsity 8+ capped a solid day with a runner-up finish in the afternoon session, beating Minnesota and West Virginia and finishing close behind Michigan State in a time of 6:53.19. The 2V8 also showed good speed in the morning, coming just two seconds shy of another runner-up finish in a battle with Louisville, posting a time of 6:47.79.
The Tigers return to the water Sunday morning to wrap up the event. Live results are available at HereNow.com.