April 3, 2004
SAN DIEGO, Calif.
The Tennessee women's Varsity 8+ shell, ranked 14th in the USRowing/CRCA Varsity 8+ Coaches Poll, took home first place in its preliminary heat of the Jessop-Whittier Cup at the San Diego Crew Classic on Saturday with a time of 6:38.50. In advancing to Sunday's Grand Final, the Lady Volunteers defeated several of collegiate rowing's elite, finishing ahead of No. 12 Washington State (6:39.19), No. 11 Southern California (6:39.69), No. 20 Notre Dame (6:39.69), No. 17 Stanford (6:43.78), Villanova (6:49.15) and Purdue (7:01.41).
The win marked the sixth consecutive race victory for the V8+ crew in the spring season. The race was also the fourth time this spring UT's boat has finished in front of Notre Dame's top shell. The Lady Vols dominated the Fighting Irish in three races in Knoxville earlier this season.
In the morning's other Jessop-Whitter Cup heat, 10th-ranked Washington took home first place in a time of 6:35.80 seconds, followed by No. 2 California (6:37.40), Wisconsin (6:42.30), No. 19 Texas (6:46.84), Oregon State (6:47.96), Fordham (6:56.29) and West Virginia (7:04.82).
The Jessop-Whittier Cup, the toughest division at the Crew Classic, consists of two preliminary heats on Saturday, containing seven boats apiece. The top three finishers from each heat, along with the fastest fourth place boat, qualified for Sunday's Grand Final, while the remaining crews row again on Sunday in the Petite Final.
The Tennessee crew of senior Erin Artz (cox.), senior Nicole Bold, sophomore Lauren Wells, junior Chelsea Pemberton, junior Kaitlin Bargreen, junior McKensie Craig, sophomore Dana Forbes, freshman Sarah Hutcheson, and junior Andrea Bagwell will race in the Grand Final at 2:20 pm PT on Sunday. UT's competition in the final consists of No. 12 Washington State, No. 11 Southern California, No. 20 Notre Dame, No.10 Washington, No. 2 California and Wisconsin. In the Petite Final, competition includes No. 19 Texas, Oregon State, Fordham, West Virginia, No. 17 Stanford, Villanova, and Purdue.
This is UT's first appearance in the Grand Final. Last season, the squad took home the Petite Final crown after just missing a qualifying time for the Grand Final.
San Diego Crew Classic
April 3-4, 2004