The Lady Vol Varsity 8+ earned top honors at the George Washington Invitational.
April 10, 2004
Head Coach Lisa Glenn's Lady Vol rowing team had a successful showing at the George Washington Invitational Crew Classic on Saturday, April 11, as the Varsity 8+ boat earned top honors and claimed the Howard Wilkins Bowl while three other UT shells finished second in their respective races.
The Big Orange's top crew, ranked 11th nationally in the USRowing/Collegiate Rowing Coaches Association Varsity 8+ Poll, completed the 2,000-meter course in 6:30.90 and defeated 16th-ranked Southern California by more than two seconds. With the triumph, Tennessee's Varsity 8+ has defeated the Women of Troy in each of the last two weeks. The victorious Lady Vol shell, comprised of Lizzie Brown (cox.), Nicole Bold, Lauren Wells, Chelsea Pemberton, Kaitlin Bargreen, McKenzie Craig, Dana Forbes, Sarah Hutcheson and Andrea Bagwell, advanced to the final by winning its opening heat with a time of 6:14.00, defeating Iowa, George Washington and Georgetown.
"This was a really important race," Glenn said. "While the San Diego Crew Classic last weekend was prestigious, the fact that Southern California came to George Washington this weekend and we were able to defeat them again was good. I was really pleased with the way we handled the last 500 meters. We were down a little and we made a good decision to go for it. It was a gutsy performance."
Also rowing well for the Lady Vols was the Varsity 4+ crew, which finished in second place. Powered by Ashley Butturini (cox.), Caitlyn Cleary, Kelly Hoskins, Kathryn Payne and Holly Holmes, the squad defeated George Mason and St. Joe's in the preliminary heat but got edged out by USC in the final.
Like UT's Varsity 4+ boat, the Second Varsity 8+ shell claimed its opening heat but finished second to USC in the afternoon final. The crew of Erin Artz (cox.), Amy McCormick, Melissa DiCerbo, Lindsay Jones, Marissa Allen, Kristen Galloway, Rachel Mayberry, Beth Schwartz and Amy McIntosh, advanced to the final by besting Iowa, St. Joe's and George Washington in the morning race and later finished ahead of the Hawkeyes and Navy to claim silver medals.
In Novice 8+ action, the Tennessee boat comprised of Molly Oellerich (cox.), Laura Barton, Rory Mohon, Heather Hill, Lindsey Kelly, Olivia Marnell, Brittany Hunley, Adrienne Long and Steppie Williams also had a successful day with a second-place showing. The team finished the course in 6:57.52 and just a little more than two seconds behind Georgetown for top honors.
The Lady Vols will return to action next weekend when they compete in the Southern Intercollegiate Rowing Association Regatta in Oak Ridge, Tenn., to be held April 17-18.
George Washington Invitational Crew Classic
April 10, 2004
|1.||Southern California 7:15.60|
|2nd Varsity 8+|
|1.||Southern California 6:45.60|