April 12, 2003
The Tennessee women's rowing team dominated competition at the 16th annual George Washington Invitational Crew Classic on Saturday, claiming victory by a large margin in each of its four races.
UT's varsity 8+ crew, comprised 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, posted a time of 6:27.9 to finish nearly 20 seconds ahead of second place George Washington (6:46.0). The Lady Vols entered the competition having placed 21st in the April 9 version of the USRowing/CRCA Varsity Eight Coaches Poll with 28 points, trailing No. 20 Northeastern by just 11 points.
Equally impressive on Saturday, Tennessee's second Varsity 8+ shell also claimed victory by nearly 20 seconds in its race. The Lady Vol squad of junior Erin Artz (cox.), junior Amy McIntosh, sophomore McKenzie Craig, sophomore Andrea Bagwell, senior Kelly Kravitz, senior Kelly Kraiss, freshman Lindsay Jones, sophomore Marissa Allen and senior Kay Logan turned in a 6:57.4 to finish comfortably ahead of Columbia (7:16.5).
The Lady Vols' Varsity 4+ boat continued the trend of winning big by clocking a 9:00.6, almost 16 seconds ahead of Kansas State's second-place 9:16.2. UT's Varsity 4+ shell was powered by Sophomore Jovanna Vick (cox.), sophomore Hilary Gilmore, junior Mary Beth Lewis, junior Mary Gruzalski and senior Sally BeVille.
Tennessee's Novice 8+ crew completed the Orange and White domination, as the all-freshman squad of Maggie Wheeler (cox.), Holly Holmes, Beth Schwartz, Diane Samu, Ashley Anders, Hillary Graber, Ariana Fitzgerald, Lindsey Groves and Amy McCormick finished 12 seconds ahead of runner-up G.W.
"We had a great day in very rough conditions," UT Head Coach Lisa Glenn said. "I'm very proud of our entire program. We set high standards and then were able to meet them."
For the first time in the event's history, the race was rowed up-river into a strong headwind and an even stronger current this year. G.W. coach Steve Peterson said the change was necessary to compensate for the higher and faster moving river and turbulent waters caused by several days of rain. The change in direction was also important for safety reasons and in fairness to the rowers. The course also was shortened to 1,500 meters from the normal 2,000 meters when the race is rowed down-river.
The four victories by UT is a strong improvement over its last appearance at the G.W. Crew Classic, when the Lady Vols placed second in the Varsity 4+ and third in both the Varsity 8+ and 2nd Varsity 8+.
After returning from the Nation's Capital, the Lady Vols compete much closer to home when they takes to the waters of Melton Hill Lake in Oak Ridge for the SIRA Regatta on April 18 & 19.
The George Washington University Invitational Crew Classic
April 12, 2003 - Potomac River - Washington, D.C.
Weather: sunny, temperatures in the mid-60s, gusty with strong headwind and strong head current
Women?s Varsity 8
2-George Washington 6:46.0
4-Kansas State 6:55.0
Women?s Varsity 8 (Petite)
Women?s Varsity 4
2-Kansas State 9:16.2
3-George Washington 9:35.7
Women?s Varsity 4 (Petite)
1-Navy OeA? 9:49.0
2-Navy OeB? 11:15.8
Women?s Second Varsity 8
4-Kansas State 7:40.8
5-George Washington 8:21.3
Women?s Novice 8
1-Tennessee no time
2-George Washington +:12.0
Women?s Novice 8 (Petite)
1-Navy OeB? 8:49.4
2-George Washington OeB? 9:01.3
3-Georgetown OeB? 9:02.9