March 29, 2003
The Tennessee rowing team's Varsity 8+ shell claimed victory by a convincing margin against the Louisville Cardinals on Saturday, while the Lady Vols also posted a win in the 2nd Novice 8+ race.
UT's Varsity 8+ boat finished over 10 seconds ahead of the Louisville shell on the waters of Fort Loudoun Lake. The Lady Vol squad, comprised of Lizzie Brown (cox.), Kaitlin Bargreen, Nicole Bold, Lauren Wells, Chelsea Pemberton, Dana Forbes, Kacey Montgomery, Melissa DiCerbo and Jessica Shreder turned in a time of 6:19.8 over the 2000m course, compared to the Cardinals' 6:29.9. In that same race, Tennessee's second Varsity 8+ crew of Erin Artz (cox.), Kelly Kraiss, McKenzie Craig, Andrea Bagwell, Lindsay Jones, Mary Gruzalski, Kay Logan, Amy McIntosh and Mary Beth Lewis finished just over a second behind UL with a clocking of 6:31.1.
"I'm really proud of how the varsity is working through the first part of our season," UT Head Coach Lisa Glenn said. "Everybody is doing a nice job of re-focusing on the elements of the race that are necessary to improve boat speed. Both crews learned from last week's race and executed better today. The Varsity 8+ and second Varsity 8+ each came into the race with a couple of concrete goals in mind, which they were able to accomplish."
Louisville provided a challenge in the Novice 8+, clocking a time of 7:06.0 to outpace the Lady Vol N8+ shell powered to a time of 7:13.3 by Maggie Wheeler (cox.), Lindsey Groves, Beth Schwartz, Amy McCormick, Katie Peterson, Caitlyn Cleary, Channel Hambrick, Holly Holmes and Andrea Searby. Tennessee, however, bounced back in the second Novice 8+ with Devon Johnson (cox.), Groves, Schwartz, McCormick, Stephanie Rinehart, Holmes, Hambrick, Whitney Tehan and Jaclyn Adams leading the team to a time of 7:55.1, well ahead of the Cardinals' 8:15.7.
The Lady Vols also fell in the Varsity 4+ race, as Louisville recorded a time of 7:31.1 to outpace the UT shell of Jovanna Vick (cox.), Hilary Gilmore, Kelly Kravitz, Marissa Allen and Elizabeth Freeman (7:36.1) and the Orange and White boat of Jessica Dainty (Cox.), Ariana Fitzgerald, Diane Samu, Ashley Anders and Hillary Graber (7:53.0).
For their next competition, the Lady Vols hit the road for the first time this spring, as the Varsity 8+ crew heads west to California for the San Diego Crew Classic, April 5, on scenic Mission Bay.