Fierce as a Tiger: Clemson Sprints Race Recap

Clemson, SC - Junior Rowers traveled to Clemson, SC for the second regatta of the Spring 2018 Racing Season, the Clemson Sprints. Unlike last weekend, we experienced beautiful weather with warm sunshine shining on us all day. PTCRC raced in a total of 4 events. The team came home with three one 1st place finish, one 2nd place finish, and four 3rd place finishes.

Women's Youth 4+ (A) battling for a spot in the semi-finals to move onto the finals.

The Clemson Sprints is held in Clemson, SC right at Clemson University’s boathouse. It is a beautiful race course located on Lake Hartwell. Boats row about 2,000m up to the start where they are then lined up by what we call stake boats. The sterns of the rowing shells are held by an individual on a floating platform or boat called a stake boat.

The morning started out with our 8+ participants racing. PTCRC faced some very tough competition, where participating clubs have some of the fastest Junior Rowers in the world. Our Men’s Youth 8+ kicked off the day by placing 3rd in their event, with a final time of (6:46). The men fought a hard battle and raced very well. Varsity Coxswain Felipe Andrade did an excellent job guiding the men down the course. Coach Matt is extremely proud of the work they put in during this event.

As the day continued, the team kept fighting hard against these fast crews. The Women’s U17 1x had a stellar performance for Varsity Rower Jocalyn Ortega’s first time racing in the 1x. Ortega had a superb start to her race, and stayed consistent with the race plant her and Coach Margie put together. In the last 100m of the race, Ortega came very close to walking on 2nd place. She unleashed the fury and went on to take 3rd place finishing with a time of (9:18.1).

The Women’s Youth 4+ event had a total of 12 entries. PTCRC had a 1st and 2nd boat in this event. The 1st 4+ had one hell of a performance. They held consistent power throughout the whole race. Their set and power increased significantly from last week’s race. They ended the race placing 4th in a tough heat. They would later go on to row in the finals. This was an excellent learning experience for them, as they not only rowed against some very fast ladies, but also grew together as a boat.

Jocalyn Ortega racing in the Women's U17 1x fighting hard to take home a podium finish.

Coach Matt and Coach Margie of PTCRC are excited for the results, and continue to expect upward progress.


Peachtree City Rowing Club will be racing in at our home venue, Lake McIntosh Park in Peachtree City, GA. We will be scrimmaging against Baylor and Westminster on April 7th, 2018.

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You can also find the full result sheet by clicking here.