March 19, 2005
KNOXVILLE, Tenn. - The No. 10 University of Tennessee women's rowing team defeated Minnesota in the Varsity 8+ and Second Varsity 8+ races, at Fort Loudoun Lake on Saturday. With the victories, Tennessee remains undefeated in the V8+ during the spring season.
"I am really happy with our Varsity Eights and their command of the races," Lady Vol head coach Lisa Glenn said. "I am disappointed in the results in the Fours, but I saw a lot of good things, especially in the Second Varsity Four. We will review the tape and go from there. There are some good areas for us to improve on."
Highlighting the Big Orange's performance was the Varsity 8+ shells. Tennessee's top shell - ranked 10th in the USRowing/Collegiate Rowing Coaches Association Varsity 8+ Preseason Poll - claimed victory over Minnesota, crossing the finish line in 6:10.56. The shell powered by Molly Oellerich (cox.), Lauren Wells, Rachel Mayberry, Chelsea Pemberton, Kaitlin Bargreen, McKenzie Craig, Dana Forbes, Andrea Bagwell and Beth Schwartz, finished the 2000-meter course five seconds ahead of Minnesota, at 6:15.76.
Tennessee would also prevail in the Second Varsity Eight competition, as Jovanna Vick (cox.) Nina Dobratz, Krista Gearing, Melissa DiCerbo, Sarah Hutcheson, Marissa Allen, Kristen Galloway and Heather Hill,
finished first, in a time of 6:17.18, ahead of Minnesota, at 6:21.42.
Minnesota opened up the competition taking the first three races of the afternoon, winning the Second Novice 8+ in a time of 6:52.0, the Novice 8+ in 6:30.5, and the Varsity 4+ in 7:01.84. Minnesota also won the most exciting race of the competition, as the UM entrant narrowly held off the Lady Vol squad of Stephanie Davis (cox), Genevieve Collins, Renee Brittle, Adrienne Long and Mary Jones, 7:12.79 to 7:13.72, in the Second Varsity 4+ competition.
The Lady Vols have two events remaining on Fort Loudoun Lake this season as Louisville will pay a visit to Knoxville next Saturday, March 26, before Tennessee plays host to Washington State on April 23.
|Second Novice 8+|
|(Butturini [cox.], Payne, Gerlach, Marnell, Hunley)|
|Second Varsity 8+|
|(Vick [cox.], Dobratz, Gearing, DiCerbo, Hutcheson, Allen, Galloway, Williams, Hill)|
|Second Varsity 4+|
|(Davis [cox.], Collins, Brittle, Long, Jones)|
|(Oellerich [cox.], Bargreen, Wells, Mayberry, Pemberton, Forbes, Craig, Bagwell, and Schwartz)|