Lady Vol Rowing Falls to Virginia, Clemson

April 11, 2009

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. - The University of Tennessee women's rowing team faced two formidable opponents in Virginia and Clemson on Saturday, falling to its South Region rivals on Lake Monticello in Charlottesville, Va. The 19th-ranked varsity eight shell saw the 13th-ranked Cavaliers and the No. 16 Tigers claim wins in the two dual meets.

Tennessee and Virginia opened Saturday's schedule, kicking off with the second varsity 4+. The field included two Cavalier shells, along with the Lady Vol second four comprised of freshman coxswain Danielle Woods, sophomore Shayna Sandlan, freshmen Erika Lauderdale, Leslie Reynolds and Maggie Sewell. Virginia's A shell completed the course in 7:40.6, with the B boat coming in five seconds later and the Orange and White crew finishing in 8:27.3.

The second eights took to the water next, with Virginia continuing its success against UT. The Lady Vol shell of senior coxswain Jessica Williams, sophomores Melissa Toms and Rachel Dooley, juniors Marissa Bell, Lindsey Nelson and Jewell Ludwigsen, freshman Kristin Coggin, sophomore RuthAnne Waldrop and freshman Paula Coughlin, kept it close, but crossed the line eight seconds behind the Cavalier shell.

The morning session continued with the varsity four, which again saw Virginia knock off the UT boat. The Orange and White four, manned by junior coxswain Katie Ross, sophomore Samantha Sedgwick, freshman Danyelle Johnson, freshman Lorren Shadko and freshman Ashley Case, completed the course in 8:14.4, good for second place.

The 19th-ranked Lady Vol varsity eight took on Virginia's 13th-ranked shell to cap the morning session. The Cavaliers lived up to their ranking, topping Tennessee's crew of junior coxswain Sydney Newman, juniors Mary Beth Dreusike, Kate Snider and Laura Miller, freshman Libi Bruncvíkova', senior Kate Brownlee, sophomore Ruth Ann Johnson, freshman Hillary Epes and senior Caroline Howell. The Orange and White finished in 6:46.5, 10 seconds off Virginia's pace.

After a short break, the squads were back in action. After Clemson swept through UCF's shells in the morning, it continued its dominating day with four straight wins over UT. The afternoon races began with the second fours, as the Tigers crossed the line in 7:58.6, followed by Tennessee in 8:48.8.

The second eights took to the water next, with the Lady Vols completing the course in 6:58.9, 13 seconds off Clemson's pace.

The varsity four and varsity eight rounded off the second session of the day, with both improving on their morning performances. Though the Tigers took the V4+, the Lady Vols shaved more than three seconds off their earlier pace, crossing the line in 8:11.6.

While Clemson's No. 16 V8+ shell notched the victory, the Orange and White shell took nearly three seconds off their time from the morning session. UT finished the final race of the day in 6:43.7.

"We have opportunities in front of us these next two weeks that will be incredibly valuable," UT Head Coach Lisa Glenn said. "We face strong and fast teams who we must be prepared to face and eager to learn from. Our job is to be open to the process, unsatisfied with where we were yesterday, and motivated about where we'll go as a team tomorrow."

Tennessee will look to bounce back when it returns to action next Saturday at the Lake Natoma Invitational in Rancho Cordova, Calif. The meet will feature some of the top-ranked varsity eight shells in the country including, No. 2 Stanford, No. 3 Cal, No. 17 UCLA and No. 18 Minnesota. Meanwhile, the novice squad will take to the waters at the Southern Intercollegiate Rowing Association Championships at Melton Hill Lake in Oak Ridge, Tenn.

Tennessee vs. Virginia
Final results
Second Varsity Four
1. Virginia A 7:40.6
2. Virginia B 7:45.5
3. Tennessee 8:27.3
(Woods [cox], Sandlan, Lauderdale, Reynolds, Sewell)
Second Varsity Eight
1. Virginia 6:38.7
2. Tennessee 6:46.5
(J. Williams [cox], Toms, Dooley, Bell, Nelson, Ludwigsen, Coggin, Waldrop, Coughlin)
Varsity Four
1. Virginia 7:44.5
2. Tennessee 8:14.4
(Ross [cox], Sedgwick, D. Johnson, Shadko, Case)
Varsity Eight
1. No. 13 Virginia 6:36.8
2. No. 19 Tennessee 6:46.5
(Newman [cox], Dreusike, Snider, Miller, Bruncvíkova', Brownlee, R. Johnson, Epes, Howell)
Second Varsity Four
1. Clemson 7:58.6
2. Tennessee 8:48.8
Second Varsity Eight
1. Clemson 6:45.2
2. Tennessee 6:58.9
Varsity Four
1. Clemson 7:49.2
2. Tennessee 8:11.6
Varsity Eight
1. No. 16 Clemson 6:33.5
2. No. 19 Tennessee 6:43.7





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