Feb. 16, 2014
ORLANDO, Fla. - The Tennessee Rowing program began their spring season with success this weekend in Orlando, Fla. competing in multiple exhibition races against Central Florida and Michigan.
Head coach Lisa Glenn was thankful for the chance to travel to the warm waters of Orlando. "We had great weather in Florida and appreciate the opportunity to go side-by-side against quality crews early in the year," explained Lisa Glenn.
The Big Orange began with races early Saturday morning, Tennessee took four out of five during the 4:00 pieces.
"Saturday morning we evaluated the effect each crew had on the speed of their four and returned in the afternoon for short pieces in the eights."
During Saturday afternoon, Tennessee swept all the 15-stroke pieces, ten out of ten.
During Sunday's exhibition, Tennessee competed in eights in multiple 1500-meter pieces, Tennessee prevailed against UCF while Michigan prevailed over Tennessee and UCF.
"The team took advantage of the opportunity to compete this early in the year and several strong finishes made it a very worthwhile trip for our team," Lisa Glenn explained. "There were also plenty of learning moments to go around. The key for our team and our staff is to make those learning moments platforms to rise from in our move from February into March.
"Tennessee rowing is excited to get back to classes and into the two weeks of training leading up to our next exhibition with UNC in Oak Ridge."
The team will have two weeks of training before their next exhibition race against the University of North Carolina on Melton Hill Lake in Oak Ridge on March 1.