CHATTANOOGA, TENN. – A silver medal in the Championship 8+ and a first-place finish by a novice crew in the College & Club Novice 8+ highlighted the first day of Tiger competition at the Head of the Hooch on Saturday.
“We raced well and showed good depth throughout our boats,” said head coach Stephen Frazier Wong. “We’re not at full strength due to illness, but we’ve had a next-rower up mentality all season, so it wasn’t surprising that we answered the call today. I’m proud of the whole team, but it was especially fun to see our 8’s do well today in light of the adversity we have been battling. Our freshmen 8, in particular, raced well and freshman coach Mandy Merritt has done a spectacular job of preparing them to perform at a high level and have fun at the same time. We have more work to do tomorrow so we’ll hand out the medals tonight but then turn the page quickly.”
In the College & Club Novice 8+, Erin Murphy’s crew came in first of 38 boats with a time of 17:13.05, Katherin Holmes’ crew came in 10th after finishing in 19:16.40, and Kasey Crane’s crew’s time of 20:28.77 placed them 20th.
In the Championship 4+, Rita O'Shea’s crew came in fourth of 31 boats with a time of 17:48.93, Rebekah Stein’s crew came in sixth after finishing in 18:07.06, Katharine Komsa’s crew came in 11th with a time of 18:34.09, and Erin Murphy’s crew came in 18th after crossing the finish in 18:58.33.
Clemson will compete in three more races on Sunday, beginning with the Open 2- at 12:10 p.m.
College & Club Novice 8+
Entry B: Coxswain: Katherine Holmes; Stroke: Kenzie Fisher; 7: Jordan Radford; 6: Mary Sales; 5: Samantha Nichols; 4: Maya Roberts; 3: Kennedy Adcock; 2: Sydney Nelson; Bow: Caitlyn Raber
Entry C: Coxswain: Kasey Crane; Stroke: Ronda Peterson; 7: Madison Harris; 6: Emalie Houk; 5: Nina Kresmer; 4: Gabrielle Lacey; 3: Hollis Skidmore; 2: Erin Belmar; Bow: Anna Loftus
Women’s Championship 4+
Entry D: Coxswain: Erin Murphy; Stroke: Kaley Wojiechowski; 3: Cate Smith; 2: Catherine Schrieber; Bow: Charlotte Taylor