Tide Rowing Does Well At Clemson

CLEMSON, S.C. - The Alabama rowing team won two races as well as notching a silver and bronze medal finish at the Clemson Sprints on Lake Hartwell in Clemson, S.C. Saturday. It was the Crimson Tide's second meet of the spring season and first road contest.

"We were closer to Clemson than we were a year ago and we took two out of four (races) from Indiana and four out of five against Purdue," Alabama Coach Larry Davis said. "Overall it was a good showing and we're on track to where we want to go."

Alabama won the Second Novice 8+ race with a time of 7:40.00, bettering Purdue by eight seconds and Indiana by 16. The Tide also took top honors in the Third Varsity 8+ with a time of 7:20.48, finishing 20 seconds ahead of second place Purdue.

"I think in some respects we might have been a little edgier rowing away from home," Davis said. "Overall though, I thought we handled the pressure well."

The Tide's First Novice 8+ boat took second behind Clemson, 7:02.93 to 7:13.92 while Indiana finished third with a 7:16.48.

In the second Varsity 8+, Alabama was third with a 7:08.05, 17 seconds back of first place Clemson and five second behind third place Indiana. In the First Varsity 8+, the Tide took fourth with a time of 7:07.62 while Clemson took the win with a 6:44.15.

"As the season goes on we're getting more and more mature in our racing," Davis said. "We're making progress against teams that have given us a little more of a headache in years past, so we're making the right steps."

The Tide remains on the road next weekend, traveling to Knoxville, Tenn. on Saturday, March 27 for the University of Tennessee Regatta.

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