Women's Rowing Competes in Three Races Before Winds Halt Clemson Invite

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Senior veteran Karli McMenamin
Courtesy: Columbia University Athletics/Gene Boyars
CLEMSON, S.C. -- Clemson women's rowing coach Rob Tenenbaum invited 20 schools to the Clemson Invite. Unfortunately, the winds came, too, as a highly unwelcome guest, and caused the huge competition to be stopped after Saturday morning racing.
    
"The wind was really blowing," Columbia women's coach Scott Ramsey said. "The officials stopped it when there were whitecaps on the lake."
    
The Lions competed in three races before the event was stopped. Their best effort was the varsity eights event, which featured such geographically diverse institutions as Texas, Gonzaga, Tennessee, and Oklahoma.
    
They got off to a good start, slowed down somewhat, but then came on to finish strongly, only fractions of a second behind the host school, Clemson. Oregon State won the race in 7:08.40, followed closely by Gonzaga of Spokane, Washington, in 7:11.0. The Tigers were third in 7:17.10, and the Lions were next in 7:17.9. Oklahoma, Tennessee and Texas followed.
    
"We rowed a really good piece," Ramsey said.
    
Racing begins Sunday at 7:45 a.m.

Today's results:

The Clemson Invite - 21 schools
Saturday-Sunday, April 19-20, 2014
Lake Hartwell, Clemson, S.C.

Saturday, April 19

Varsity Eights (Saturday, 8:52 am)
1. Oregon State, 7:08.40
2. Gonzaga, 7:11.0
3. Clemson, 7:17.10
4. COLUMBIA, 7:17.9
5. Oklahoma, 7:23.2
6. Tennessee, 7:27.00
7. Texas, 7:40.2

Second Varsity Eights (Saturday, 9:13 am)
1. Clemson, 7:26.90
2. Oregon State, 7:30.50
3. Gonzaga, 7:31.6
4. Oklahoma, 7:32.7
5. Texas, 7:40.0
6. Tennessee, 7:43.9
7. COLUMBIA, 7:45.00

Varsity Fours (Saturday, 9:34 am)
1. Clemson, 8:40.30
2. Gonzaga, 8:52.40
3. Oregon State, 9:00.70
4. Tennessee, 9:02.00
5. Texas, 9:08.50
6. Oklahoma, 9:13.10
7. COLUMBIA, 9:21.20

Note: remaining races postponed to Sunday, beginning at 7:45 a.m.

The Clemson Invite Boatings:

Varsity Eight
Aneesha Baliga, cox; Colleen Condon, stroke; Lottie Galliano, 7; Karli McMenamin, 6; Jocelyn Bohn, 5; Madeline O'Brien, 4; Kellie Solowski, 3; Sara Hyten, 2; Kaitlyn Loftus, bow

Second Varsity Eight
Erica Glaser, cox; Emerald Smith, stroke; Giovanna Crozier-Fitzgerald, 7; Emily Ball, 6; Alexandra Swift, 5; Carly Tashjian, 4; Maia Claman, 3; Elena McGahey, 2; India Knight, bow
 
Varsity Four
Allison Lavine, cox; Maggie DeVlieger, stroke; Hilary Going, 3; Linda Blanken, 2; Hayley Weil, bow
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