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    Melissa Toms     
     
      Melissa Toms
Class:
Senior

Hometown:
Annapolis, Md.

High School:
Broadneck Senior

Experience:
3V

AT TENNESSEE: FALL 2010: Took home a pair of medals during her fall campaign...Part of the Collegiate 8+ shell that traveled to Boston, Mass., to compete in the prestigious Head of the Charles Regatta, finishing 10th...Opened the fall with two bronze medals at the Chattanooga Head Race, in the C8+ and C4+.

2009-10: An SEC Spring Academic Honor Roll member...Competed solely with the V8+ during her junior season...Began the year by pushing the Lady Vols to wins over Minnesota and Alabama...Sat in the bowseat at the Lake Natoma Invitational and helped the V8+ take home the petite final...Was a member of the Conference USA-title winning V8+ shell at the Aramark Sprints...Took part in the 2010 NCAA Championships as part of the V8+...Kicked off the fall season by helping her Championship 8+ and C4+ crews to bronze medals at the Chattanooga Head Race...Finished in 12th-place as a member of the C8+ boat in the Head of the Hooch regatta...Helped the same shell take seventh at the Rivanna Romp.

2008-09: Following a successful fall season, helped her 2V8+ shell to a first-place finish over Alabama and multiple runner-up finishes in the remaining dual-races... Helped propel her boat to victory in the B Final of the Lake Natoma Invitational, followed by strong finishes at the Charles River Challenge, six days later...Was a part of the V8+ shell that recorded a first-place finish in the C Finals at the Aramark sprints...Brought home five medals in the fall...Raced with the top shell throughout the campaign...Opened the season with a win in the champ 8+ at the Chattanooga Head Race...Also took home silver in the champ 4+...Part of the 14th-place champ 8+ shell at the prestigious Head of the Charles Regatta...Collected another gold medal in the C8+ at the Head of the Tennessee...Also paired with Rachel Dooley to finish fourth in the pair at the event...Snagged a bronze in both the champ 8+ and the champ 4+ at the Head of the Hooch...Capped the fall with a fourth-place showing in the C8+ at the Rivanna Romp.

2007-08: Earned a bronze medal in her first collegiate action in the Championship 8+ at the Chattanooga Head Race...Part of UT's fourth gold medal-winning Club 8+ squad in the past six years at the Head of the Charles Regatta...Began the spring with the 2V4+, helping it to a win over Minnesota to open the season...Jumped up to the 2V8+ against Louisville and stayed in that shell for the remainder of the season...Helped the second eights to a second-place showing in a quad-meet with Ohio State, Michigan and Bucknell on April 12...Part of the squad that topped Princeton in a tri-meet on April 19...Sat in the No. 4 seat for Aramark Sprints, guiding the shell to a fifth-place finish in the grand final on May 18...Member of the first UT boat in program history to reach a grand final at NCAA Championships...Finished fifth in the 2V8+ grand final at the NCAA event, recording Tennessee's best showing ever...Capped the year with a selection to the SEC Freshman Academic Honor Roll.

HIGH SCHOOL: Graduated from Broadneck Senior High School in Annapolis, Md....Rowed with the Annapolis Rowing Club...Member of the Foreign Language Club, Russian Folk Club and the newspaper staff.

PERSONAL: Pursuing a degree in journalism and electronic media...Desires to become a broadcast journalist...Enjoys kayaking and photography...Always wears her lucky socks on race day...Chose Tennessee over Kansas, Delaware and Rutgers...Has two younger siblings, Amanda, 17, and Scott, 13...Melissa Toms was born on October 20, 1989, in Annapolis, Md....She is the daughter of Gregory and Sharon Toms.

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