March 1, 2014
OAK RIDGE, Tenn. - The Tennessee Rowing program concluded its second exhibition race of the spring schedule with success on Saturday morning against the Tarheels of North Carolina.
Tennessee head coach Lisa Glenn stated, "Once again, the opportunity to go to the line against quality competition early in the season is invaluable to our team. We were able to get everyone out on the course today: in the morning -varsity with 8 fours across and novice with 4 eights across."
During the early morning section of the exhibition, Tennessee and North Carolina raced in Varsity Fours competing in three 1000-meter pieces on Melton Hill Lake in Oak Ridge.
"Our first four had the fire to win, and raced with maturity and adaptability to get the job done. Our fifth four didn't leave the course without learning something, and found a new level in their final morning piece. Our other fours traded pieces, indicating there is some speed to find and strokes to be refined in that mix," Glenn explained.
The novice rowers also had a chance to show their improvement over the training months against North Carolina.
"I'm pleased that our novices pressed into the top spot during the course of the races today. They are doing the work to get their bow ball out, and they just need to keep pushing the envelope to learn what they are truly capable of."
After a short break the varsity eights took to the water racing in three 2000-meter pieces. The Lady Vols first varsity eight swept the Tarheels in all varsity eight races.
"In the eights, I see signs of difference-making fundamentals being brought into the stroke" Glenn said. "As we get more time on the water, those game changing elements must be emphasized in preparation for our meeting with Duke on March 9."
The Lady Volunteers will continue their exhibition schedule with a head-to-head meeting with the Blue Devils of Duke University on Sunday, March 9 beginning at 10 AM on Melton Hill Lake in Oak Ridge, Tennessee.
"We are excited to be getting closer to our season now, and to be racing on our nationally known championship course in Oak Ridge. I especially appreciate the leadership at the Oak Ridge Rowing Association for being such a good partner to us as we host a variety of quality teams this spring."