(RV) Zags Join Crowded Field At Clemson Invitational
April 19, 2017
SATURDAY & SUNDAY, APR. 22-23, 2017 | CLEMSON, S.C. | LAKE HARTWELL | CLEMSON INVITATIONAL
SPOKANE, Wash. – The (RV) Gonzaga Bulldogs have their final regatta before the 2017 West Coast Conference Championships, as they travel to the Clemson Invitational in Clemson, S.C. this Saturday and Sunday. The racing will take place on Lake Hartwell, course map above.
The Bulldogs did not compete in the event last season, but were there in 2015 and 2014. This year they are joined by No. 4 Ohio State, No. 5 Texas, No. 10 Virginia, No. 11 Wisconsin, No. 14 Washington State No. 15 Syracuse, No. 18 Louisville, No. 19 Duke, No. 20 Indiana, (RV) UCLA, which including (RV) Gonzaga, are 11 of the 24 teams ranked or receiving votes in the latest CRCA/USRowing Coaches Poll.
There are 21 total NCAA Division I schools participating in this year’s event. The Zags’ varsity eight, second varsity eight, varsity four, and second varsity four will each race twice Saturday and then be seeded into a single race for the Sunday finals. The Bulldogs open racing with the varsity eight on Saturday morning at 5:38 am PST against Columbia, Tennessee, No. 15 Syracuse, No. 5 Texas, No. 20 Indiana, and host Clemson. The second varsity eight faces the same group at 6:04 am, and the varsity four goes at 6:30 am. The second varsity four is joined by Tennessee, Texas, Syracuse, Central Florida, and Clemson at 6:56 am to round out the morning session.
In the Saturday evening session, the Zags’ second varsity four will face Clemson, Oklahoma, No. 19 Duke, No. 10 Virginia, and Navy at 2:34 pm. The varsity four goes up against Oregon State, Central Florida, No. 11 Wisconsin, No. 5 Texas, No. 19 Duke, and Navy at 2:52 pm. The second varsity eight is at 3:18 pm and the varsity eight finishes the day at 3:44 pm. The teams will then be seeded into A, B, and C finals on Sunday based on their finishes.
“We are excited about this event,” Gonzaga head coach Glenn Putyrae said. “With 21 Division 1 teams converging on Clemson, SC, all with aspirations to be competing at the NCAA’s, the racing should be intense. We are excited to see how the adjustments we have made since the Lake Natoma Invitational transfer to the racecourse."
In 2015, the Gonzaga varsity eight boat finished second in their first race just three seconds behind Cornell. Later in the day the varsity four boat finished fourth, one second ahead of UCLA, and varsity eight boat took third in their final Saturday race, one second ahead of Cornell this time. In the Sunday finals, the varsity eight finished fourth, less than a second behind Syracuse, and the second varsity eight was fifth, less than a second behind Duke. The varsity four boat took fourth in their final, 14 seconds faster than Dartmouth.
The results were impressive for GU in 2014, with the varsity eight taking second in their first Saturday race, six seconds better than host Clemson. The second varsity eight edged Oklahoma by one second for third and the varsity four finished runner-up, eight seconds faster than Oregon State. The Sunday session had two races for the varsity eight and second varsity eight boats. The top crew took third just a nose ahead of Oregon State and then fifth, eight seconds quicker than Columbia. The second varsity eight took fifth twice, beating Penn and Texas. The varsity four boat took seventh in their race, two seconds behind Miami (FL).
Live results will be available at GoZags.com and an updated video streaming link will be placed there when available for this year’s event.
Live streaming of the racing will be available from any mobile device (link provided closer to event) and from a limited number of televisions at the venue. Race video will be posted to the Clemson Rowing results page under the link “recap” in the days following the event.
Gonzaga Lineups (coxswain to bow)
The Clemson Women’s Boathouse is located on East Beach Drive in Clemson, South Carolina 29631. The directions given below are recommended for trailers and buses to avoid small roads and campus traffic.
FROM THE NORTH/EAST: Take I-85 South to exit #40 for S. Carolina 153 toward Easley. Turn right onto SC-153. Continue on SC-153 for 5.8 miles and merge onto US-123 S for 23 miles. You will be turning left onto I-93 (this is a loop through campus) but DO NOT turn onto I-93 south at 20 miles. To avoid traffic pass I-93 at 20 miles and turn left onto I-93 at 23 miles once you have passed all the way through the town of Clemson. Head south on I-93 for 1.5 miles. Turn right on Perimeter Road (First stoplight after crossing over the lake). Immediately turn right at the “Clemson Rowing” sign onto East Beach Drive. Drive past the baseball stadium and up the hill to the Boathouse.
FROM THE SOUTH/WEST: Take I-85 North to exit #19A (Hwy 76/28 West). Exit north, toward Clemson University. Follow Hwy 76/28 west for 10.2 Miles. Turn left onto Perimeter Road (there is also a sign for South Carolina Botanical Gardens). Follow Perimeter Road around campus past the football stadium (on right), Jervey Gym (on left) and McFadden (on left) for 2.3 miles. After 2.3 miles and three total traffic lights you will turn left onto East Beach Drive at the “Clemson Rowing” sign. Drive past the baseball stadium and up the hill to the Boathouse.
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