March 20, 2004
Head Coach Lisa Glenn's Tennessee Lady Volunteer rowing team continued its spring season on Sat. March 20, taking home the Varsity 8+ crown on Fort Loudoun Lake against the Minnesota Golden Gophers.
The Lady Volunteers began the day in strong fashion in the Varsity 8+. After a tight start that saw Minnesota stay within two seats of the lead for the first 1,000 meters, UT's 13th ranked boat coxed by Erin Artz and powered by Nicole Bold, Lauren Wells, Chelsea Pemberton, Kaitlin Bargreen, McKensie Craig, Dana Forbes, Sarah Hutcheson and Andrea Bagwell opened up a boat-length lead down the final 500m and took home the win with a time of 6:34.06. The Golden Gophers finished in a time of 6:39.68.
"The Varsity 8+ handled their position very well," Glenn said. "I am proud of their decision-making on the course today. They each have roles to fill in the boat, and did an impressive job of filling those roles today."
The win allowed the V8+ squad to remain undefeated on the season after winning all three of their races over Notre Dame and eighth-ranked Michigan State last weekend.
In the morning's second event, the Golden Gophers opened up a quick lead off the line and never looked back, scoring a win in the Novice 8+ with a time of 6:47.40. UT's squad posted a second-place finish with a time of 6:58.50.
Minnesota continued the momentum of their N8+ win into the Varsity 4+ with a time of 7:24.81. Tennessee's boat led by coxswain Ashley Butturini and powered by Caitlyn Cleary, Heather Hill, Holly Holmes and Lindsay Jones recorded a time of 7:36.24.
The second Novice 8+ shells took to the water next and Minnesota took an early lead of two lengths by the 1,000 meter mark. UM continued to increase its margin throughout the race, coming across the line with a winning time of 6:51.70, while the Lady Vols crossed the line in a time of 7:42.30.
In the second Varsity 8+ race, Tennessee took an early advantage in the first 500m before Minnesota pulled even and eventually took a three seat advantage at 1,000m. Despite a strong time of 6:43.21, UT's team of Lizzie Brown (cox), Amy McIntosh, Beth Schwartz, Melissa DiCerbo, Kathryn Payne, Rachael Mayberry, Kristen Galloway, Marissa Allen and Amy McCormick could not overcome the deficit down the stretch and UM took home their fourth event of the day with a time of 6:37.30.
The closest finish of the day came in the morning's final event, the second Varsity 4+. Minnesota jumped out to a slight advantage down the line, but the Lady Vols' boat of Jovanna Vick (cox), Ashley Anders, Diane Samu, Jaclyn Adams and Kelly Hoskins was able to hold right with the Golden Gophers, staying within four seats throughout the first 1,500m. Down the final stretch, UM pulled away slightly, opening up just a bit of open water on UT and crossed the line first with a time of 7:35.59, just ahead of Tennessee's 7:39.52.
Overall, Glenn said she was pleased with the progress her team made.
"This week, our crews made forward progress in terms of taking advantage of the opportunity we have on race day," the head coach said. "Although we have more work to do in this area, there were positive strides taken in the novice, fours and second varsity eight events."
Tennessee returns to the water next Saturday, March 27 at 10 a.m., as they take on Louisville in the final home event of the 2004 season.
|Second Novice 8+|
|Second Varsity 8+|
|Second Varsity 4+|