March 17, 2007
KNOXVILLE, Tenn. - In a repeat of last year, the Tennessee rowing team saw its Second Varsity 8+ sweep the three rounds of races during the 1,500-meter scrimmage against Minnesota and Notre Dame on Saturday morning on Fort Loudoun Lake. The Second Varsity 4+ won its first race of the day, while the Varsity 4+ ranked second in all three races.
The 2V8+ crew of senior coxswain Stephanie Davis (Martin, Tenn.), freshman Mary Beth Dreusike (Huntington Station, N.Y.), junior Jessica Ayers (Alpharetta, Ga.), sophomore Alex Shishkov (Mississauga, Ontario), juniors Krista Gearing (Fenwick, Ontario) and Kendra Warren (Franklin, Tenn.), freshman Kate Snider (Ramona, Calif.) and juniors Nina Dobratz (Portland, Ore.) and Genevieve Collins (Dallas, Texas) sandwiched near-length victories with a half-second win over Minnesota. The Golden Gophers ranked second in all three outings, with Notre Dame coming in third.
In a match-up of three top-15 Varsity Eight shells according to the Collegiate Rowing Coaches Association (CRCA) and USRowing, the 13th-ranked Minnesota crew swept the three rounds of action, edging out No. 9 Tennessee by 0.6 seconds in the first round, No. 11 Notre Dame in the second by six seats and UT again in the final round by a length. The Fighting Irish had a length win over the Lady Vols in the second race before the Big Orange came back with a seven-seat advantage in the third outing. UT's group of freshman coxswain Katie Ross (Saratoga Springs, N.Y.), junior Renee Brittle (Dublin, Va.), sophomore Kate Brownlee (North Gower, Ontario), senior Rachel Mayberry (Woodbridge, Va.), sophomore Erin-Monique Shelton (Upper Hutt, New Zealand), junior Leah Smelser (Macon, Ga.), sophomore Caroline Howell (Davenport, Iowa), junior Mary Jones (Huntsville, Ala.) and senior Sarah Hutcheson (Orlando, Fla.) had a two-length advantage over Notre Dame in the first round.
The Varsity 4+ results stayed the same in all three races, with Minnesota winning each round followed by Tennessee and Notre Dame. The Orange and White shell, manned by sophomore coxswain Pam Harder (Mayetta, N.J.), senior Katie Payne (Parksville, British Columbia), junior Marisa Mohan (San Diego, Calif.), senior Kristen Galloway (Knoxville, Tenn.) and junior Danielle Hmielewski (Batavia, Ohio) closed the length and two-length victories the Golden Gophers had the first two races to a 1.1-second deficit in the final race. The crew also increased its wins over the Green and Gold from 3.7 seconds to nine seconds in the series.
The Second Varsity 4+ opened the day with a 3.6-second triumph over Minnesota and Notre Dame. However, the crew of freshman coxswain Roshauna Singh (Vienna, Va.), senior Heather Hill (Knoxville, Tenn.), freshmen Erin Gray (Wuerzburg, Germany) and Brittany Sehring (Alpharetta, Ga.) and senior Katrina von Peters (Chattanooga, Tenn.) came in second in the final two rounds, finishing 5.5 and 4.7 seconds in back of the Golden Gophers. However, their gap above Notre Dame climbed from 12 to 23 seconds in those last races.
Tennessee's Novice 8+ and Second Novice 8+ finished third in all three series during the morning competition.
The Lady Vols face 19th-ranked Louisville next Saturday at 10 a.m. on the home waters of Fort Loudoun Lake.