April 5, 2003
SAN DIEGO, Calif.
The Tennessee women's Varsity 8+ shell, ranked 23rd in the USRowing/CRCA Varsity 8+ Coaches Poll, placed fourth in its preliminary heat of the Jessop-Whittier Cup at the San Diego Crew Classic on Saturday. The Lady Vols advance to Sunday's Petite Final, missing the final qualifying spot for the Grand Final by just over two seconds to No. 17 Texas.
"We had a very strong showing today, and there was definitely a big difference from when we were out here two years ago," UT Head Coach Lisa Glenn said. "To come into the Crew Classic's premier event and push down the course like we did today was exciting. At the same time though, it is somewhat frustrating to be edged out for the last spot in the Grand Final. However, I am still very proud of our crew's race today."
UT, however, did get revenge by defeating Minnesota's Varsity 8+ crew in the prelim, after the Golden Gophers edged the Lady Vols by a half second in Knoxville on March 22. Tennessee also outraced Wisconsin, Clemson, Duke, Kansas State and San Diego State on Saturday.
The Jessop-Whittier Cup, which is 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. UT's time of 7:11.17 over the 2000m course on Mission Bay, was slower than Texas' 7:09.88 from the other prelim, and therefore placed the Longhorns in the Grand Final.
The Tennessee crew of junior Lizzie Brown (cox.), sophomore Kaitlin Bargreen, junior Nicole Bold, freshman Lauren Wells, sophomore Chelsea Pemberton, sophomore Dana Forbes, senior Kacey Montgomery, sophomore Melissa Dicerbo and junior Jessica Shreder will race in the Petite Final at 11:40 PT on Sunday. In addition to UT, the Petite Final will consist of No. 22 Minnesota, Wisconsin, Clemson, Duke, Kansas State and San Diego State. No. 1 Washington, No. 4 California, No. 3 Stanford, No. 7 Southern California, No. 14 Washington State, No. 17 Texas and No. 19 Oregon State will battle in the Grand Final.
During UT's initial appearance at the Crew Classic in 2001, the Lady Vols placed second in the Cal Cup, which is a division below the Jessop-Whittier Cup.
San Diego Crew Classic
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