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UT's VARSITY 8+ REMAINS UNDEFEATED WITH DOMINATING PERFORMANCE AGAINST LOUISVILLE
The Lady Vol Varsity 8+ remained undefeated in spring competition.

The Lady Vol Varsity 8+ remained undefeated in spring competition.

March 27, 2004

KNOXVILLE, Tenn.

Head Coach Lisa Glenn's Tennessee Lady Volunteer rowing team continued its spring season on Sat., March 27, taking on competition from Louisville and Virginia.

The morning's events began with the second Varsity 8+ race. Tennessee's crew of Erin Artz (cox.), Amy McIntosh, Beth Schwartz, Melissa DiCerbo, Kathryn Payne, Rachel Mayberry, Kristen Galloway, Marissa Allen and Amy McCormick took an early lead, jumping ahead by two seats at the 500 meter mark. As the teams continued down the water, UT opened up a boat-length lead by the halfway mark and cruised home, taking the victory by a substantial margin to pick up their initial win of the spring season with a time of 7:27.27. Louisville clocked in with a second-place effort of 7:45.11.

Next, the Varsity 4+ took to the water. The Lady Vol boat of JovannaVick (cox.), Holly Holmes, Heather Hill, Kelly Hoskins and Lindsay Jones, fell behind slightly at the start, and Virginia proved to be too strong down the stretch as the Cavaliers scored a winning time of 8:09.29.

 

 

In the Varsity 8+ race, UT jumped out to a quick lead over the Cardinals off the line. By the 500m mark, the advantage had grown to four seats of open water and by the 1500m point, the lead was well over a boat-length. The Lady Volunteer crew, ranked 13th in the preseason US Rowing poll, led by coxswain Lizzie Brown and powered by Nicole Bold, Lauren Wells, Chelsea Pemberton, Kaitlin Bargreen, McKensie Craig, Dana Forbes, Sarah Hutcheson and Andrea Bagwell came across the line with a winning time of 7:08.85. Louisville's time was 7:25.07.

The win kept the UT V8+ boat undefeated on the spring season after previous wins over Notre Dame, eighth-ranked Michigan State and Minnesota.

Virginia had two entries in the second Varsity 4+. The UVA "A" and "B" boats sandwiched UT at the finish, with Virginia "A" taking the win in a time of 8:16.22. The Tennessee boat of Ashley Butturini (cox.), Caitlyn Cleary, Ashley Anders, Diane Samu and Jaclyn Adams was second in 8:25.67, followed by Virginia "B" with 8:50.50.

The second Novice 8+ shells were next in the water. Virginia lead the race throughout, winning in a time of 8:06.7 over Tennessee (8:27.9) and Louisville (8:59.41).

In the morning's final event, the Novice 8+, the Lady Volunteers and Cavaliers engaged in an epic battle, evenly matched throughout most of the race. Tennessee's shell, guided by Molly Oellerich and powered by Stephanie Williams, Adrienne Long, Brittany Hunley, Olivia Marnell, Lindsey Kelly, Emily Burkeholder, Rory Mohon and Laura Barton, opened a slight advantage of two seats just past the 1,000m mark and extended their lead to as much as seven seats before heading down the final stretch. With the finish line in sight, UVA powered back to draw even with UT, stroke for stroke over the last 250 meters. At the finish line, Virginia came across first, beating the Lady Vols in one of the closest finishes in Tennessee Rowing history, downing UT by six tenths of a second with a winning time of 7:28.03. Tennessee scored a time of 7:28.69, while Louisville was third in a time of 8:01.49.

Next up for the Lady Vols is the San Diego crew classic in San Diego, Calif. over April 3-4. UT returns to the waters of East Tennessee April 17-18 when it competes in the Southern Intercollegiate Rowing Association Regatta in Oak Ridge.

Official results (in order of race finish)

2nd Varsity 8+
1.Tennessee7:27.27
2.Louisville7:45.11
Varsity 4+
1.Virginia8:09.29
2. Tennessee8:28.43
Varsity 8+
1.Tennessee7:08.85
2.Louisville7:25.07
2nd Varsity 4+
1.Virginia (A)8:16.22
2.Tennessee8:25.67
3.Virginia (B)8:50.50
2nd Novice 8+
1.Virginia8:06.70
2.Tennessee8:29.90
3.Louisville8:59.41
Novice 8+
1.Virginia 7:28.03
2. Tennessee 7:28.69
3.Louisville8:01.49
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