No. 20 Rowing Heads to Clemson Invitational
April 18, 2014
The No. 20 Indiana Rowing team will travel south to compete against a field of 21 teams in the second annual Clemson Invitational on Lake Hartwell in Clemson, S.C., April 19-20.
The Hoosiers are coming off a successful weekend where they beat Louisville and Iowa, and came close to knocking off No. 3 Ohio State at a weather-shortened Big Ten Double Dual in Solon, Iowa.
"I think the student-athletes really handled the challenge well," said head coach Steve Peterson. "Again, we keep relying upon the fitness that they built up and the work they did through the winter months to give us the true speed, so it's really about rowing our boat and not trying to do anything we're not capable of and I think they did that."
Racing gets underway on Saturday at 8:59 a.m. with the Hoosiers battling No. 12 Washington State, No. 14 Harvard, No. 15 Wisconsin, No. 18 Syracuse, Dartmouth and Iowa in the First Varsity 8, Second Varsity 8 and First Varsity 4 races. IU's Second Varsity 4 will open against Penn, Iowa, No. 13 UCLA, Syracuse, Louisville and Texas, while the Third Varsity 8 will taken on Texas, Wisconsin, Syracuse, Harvard, Washington State and Iowa. The evening session gets underway at 5:37 p.m. with Indiana's 3V8 take on Duke, Clemson, Washington State, Michigan State, Syracuse and Oregon State, followed by IU's 2V4 racing Louisville, Tennessee, Penn, Oklahoma, Michigan State and Iowa. The Hoosiers' 1V8, 2V8 and 1V4 will battle Texas, Tennessee, Wisconsin, UCLA, Clemson and Harvard to close day one of the invite.
Sunday's racing is slated to open 8:52 a.m. and will feature the Hoosiers' 1V8, 2V8 and 1V4 going up against Dartmouth, Michigan State, Cornell, Clemson, UCLA and Washington State. IU's 2V4 will face Louisville, Penn, UCLA, Oklahoma and Texas, while the 3V8 will battle Duke, Texas, Cornell, Clemson, Washington State and Michigan State.
"This weekend we head down to the second annual Clemson Invitational," added Peterson. "There are a lot of schools down there, so we'll see a lot of different people from all over the country. It's a wide range of schools and there's not a slow school in the bunch. We'll race three times and there's going to be seven crews in each race, so we're going to have a lot of boats to deal with. This is perfect for preparing for Big Ten Championships, which has a lot of adrenaline and a lot of excitement going on, and the rowers have to learn how to deal with that and block out the distractions so they can focus on what they need to do. So this is going to be a great weekend for us."
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