Rowers compete in Class Day Regatta
With each team dressed in costume, Clemson rowers raced for the fifth year.
by MEGAN CULPEPPER
This article originally appeared in The Tiger on October 28, 2002 | PRINT

Clemson rowing welcomed parents and fans to Lake Hartwell on Saturday for the fifth annual Class Day Regatta. Tiger rowers competed in two areas, the Freshman/Novice Race and the Class Day Race. Traditionally, each boat must dress in a theme or a costume as their racing uniform. This year the rowers creatively introduced "Tri-Row," "Milk and Cookies," "The Carebears," "G-Baby and the Babies," and "The Emergency Room."

This year's novice race was the closest in Class Day history, Tri-Row won by only four hundredths of a second over Milk and Cookies. Composed of Lindsey Wagner, Cati Harris, Lindsey Decken, Jaclyn Rath, Jaime Seitz, Jenny Walker, Jean Beckwith, Ann Sullivan and coxswain Lindsey Magdanz, Tri-Row recorded a time of 8:44.1.

Only four seconds behind Tri-Row, Milk and Cookies barely passed The Carebears finishing with times of 8:44.5 and 8:45.2. Milk and Cookies included rowers Chelsea Kautz, Elizabeth Weichel, Andrea Martinelli, Leigh Hauser, Kara Nichols, Kristen Weinacker, Tia Prack, Meg Graham and coxswain Kelly Kesack. The Carebears consisted of Amanda White, Mary Wilson, Jenny Edwards, Katie Spinapolice, Joanna Church, Erika Knaebel, Chelsea Carr-Epstein, Erica Bethel and coxswain Liz Yost. G-Baby and the Babies, Ashley Burbach, Katie Tiernan, Tammy Yahner, Katherine Lohr-Valdez, Jenny Hanson, Amanda Brandon, Sally Ann Schwartz, Erica Gohlke and coxswain Kristen Garlington, stayed close to Milk and Cookies, posting a finish time of 8:45.8.

The Emergency Room seniors won the Class Day Race despite the injuries and sprains with a time of 7:16.6. Seniors rowing for the "ER" were Robin Mescher, Liz Monteith, Nicollette Burgess, Jen Wortman, Kathey Sickinger, Mary Catherine Mannning, Kate Niebauer, Jenny Champa and coxswain Emily Kuivila. The sophomores' "Devils and Angels" were close behind "ER" with a time of 7:23.2.

Rowers for the sophomore boat were Mary Nell Green, Elizabeth Noll, Ashlee Brown, Candice Woodward, Kara Adloff, Diana Ulrey, Tina Hughes, Corey Gledhill and coxswain Sarah Canterbury.

An alumni boat returned for an encore performance at the regatta. The alumni rowers, the "Pink Flamingos," were Aimee Fox, Lisa Mischley, Farrell Finstad, Lucy Doolittle, Megan McGuirt, Heidi Robillard, Gail Cadorniga, Lynn Hall and coxswain Lisa Christopher. The "Pink Flamingos" posted a time of 7:42.6.

Megan McClesky, "Mama Smurf," led the "Smurfs" to a 8:19.2 finishing time. Junior rowers were Sally Kukla, Marianne Grant, Carrie Sinnott, Diane Ulmer, Meagan Harriman, Chelsea Kautz, Katie Bero and Megan Reed.

Head coach Susie Lueck was very pleased with this year's Class Day Regatta. She commented, "It was a great day of racing. The closeness of the novice race shows the depth of this year's freshman class.

In the Class Day Race, it was exciting to have an alumni boat competing. The seniors and sophomores both had great times which show there is good speed to come this year."

The Tigers will row their boats again on Saturday, Oct. 20, in Boston, Mass., when they compete in the Championship 8+ race at the Head of the Charles.

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