Rowing's Varsity 8+ and 2V8+ Victorious In Season Opener Against Minnesota

March 20, 2010

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By: Lindsey Williford, Media Relations Graduate Assistant

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. - The University of Tennessee women's rowing squad kicked off the spring season on their home waters of Lake Loudoun on the Tennessee River, Saturday morning. The Lady Vols came away with wins over Minnesota in the varsity eight and second varsity eight races, while the Golden Gophers won the V4+ and 2V4+ events.

"We appreciate the opportunity to race Minnesota," Head Coach Lisa Glenn said. "They are always ready to race and handle themselves very well on and off the water."

The day started with a varsity eight race that pitted the No. 19 Lady Vols against the Golden Gophers. From the beginning it was all Tennessee as senior coxswain Sydney Newman guided her shell out to a quick lead. Minnesota was unable to catch them, ultimately finishing the course in 6:23.2, 10 seconds behind UT. The Lady Vol shell crossed the line with a time of 6:13.3 and was comprised of Newman [cox], Laura Miller, Erika Lauderdale, Erika Johnson, Karoline Mikolajewski, Jewell Ludwigsen, Kate Snider, Melissa Toms and Ruth Ann Johnson.

Shortly after the conclusion of the first event, the second varsity eight crews were launched and, once again, the Orange and White moved way out in front of the Golden Gophers. Senior coxswain Katie Ross was joined on the 2V8+ boat by Rachel Dooley, Hilary Epes, Kaelyn Gibson, Marissa Bell, Libuse Bruncviková, Mary Beth Dreusike, Jennifer Bailey and Kristin Coggin. The shell finished first with a time of 6:23.4, while Minnesota's crew clocked in at 6:31.9.

"The varsity and second varsity eights put together exciting races today," Glenn said. "Their commitment to having strong performances was evident down the course. We have more to do this spring and we are excited for the next steps in the process."

The varsity and second varsity four races capped the first day of rowing action of the 2010 spring slate. Tennessee entered two shells in the first event but neither was able to overcome Minnesota's crew that finished the course in 7:13.2. UT's "A" boat finished second with a time of 7:24.5. It was comprised of freshman cox Emily Krison, Ashley Case, Lindsay Nelson, Paula Coughlin and Samantha Sedgwick. The Big Orange "B" shell made up of Danielle Woods [cox], Mary-Hannah Daugherty, Emily Boyer, Nikki Aracamuzzi and Ali Elder took third with a time of 7:28.7.

The Golden Gophers went on to claim the 2V4+ victory in 7:29.4, followed by the Orange and White crew in 7:49.6. UT's second varsity four was led by coxswain Ragan Oliver. She was joined by Andrea Keesecker, Audrey Hill, Anita McLure and Paige Austin.

"As evidenced down the course, our fours are not where we'd like them to be yet," Glenn said. "My staff and I look forward to more progress at this level, as we do see opportunity for growth among the athletes in these boats."

Tennessee rowing will remain at home when it hosts Louisville, Dartmouth and Alabama at 9 a.m., on Saturday, March 27. This event marks the first-ever double-dual meet on the waters of Lake Loudoun.


Varsity 8+

1: Tennessee: 6:13.3

(Newman [cox], Miller, Lauderdale, Johnson, E., Mikolajewski, Ludwigsen, Snider, Toms, Johnson, R.)

2: Minnesota: 6:23.2

Second Varsity 8+

1: Tennessee: 6:23.4

(Ross [cox], Dooley, Epes, Gibson, Bell, Bruncviková, Dreusike, Bailey, Coggin)

2: Minnesota: 6:31.9

Varsity 4+

1: Minnesota: 7:13.2

2: Tennessee A: 7:24.5

(Krison [cox], Case, Nelson, Coughlin, Sedgwick)

3: Tennessee B: 7:28.7

(Woods [cox], Daugherty, Boyer, Arcamuzi, Elder)

Second Varsity 4+

1: Minnesota: 7:29.4

2: Tennessee: 7:49.6

(Oliver [cox], Keesecker, Hill, McLure, Austin)





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