April 18, 2004
OAK RIDGE, Tenn.
With three shells competing in grand finals on Sunday, the University of Tennessee women's rowing team earned a third place finish overall at the Southern Intercollegiate Rowing Association Regatta on Melton Hill Lake in Oak Ridge, Tenn. The Lady Vols amassed 36 team points, while Purdue and Central Florida totaled 53 and 39 points, respectively.
Highlighting UT's performance at the final day of the event was the effort of the Varsity 4+ shell. The crew, comprised of Jovanna Vick (cox.), Holly Holmes, Kathryn Payne, Kelly Hoskins and Caitlyn Cleary, earned silver medals after completing the course in 7:48.9. Louisville, which raced members of its Varsity 8+ in the Fours competition, claimed the fastest time in the event (7:32.5), while the Big Orange defeated SMU (7:53.7), Central Florida (7:57.5), Jacksonville (8:04.4) and Wake Forest (8:04.7).
In Varsity 8+ action, the Tennessee crew of Lizzie Brown (cox.), Marissa Allen, Beth Schwartz, Rachel Mayberry, Amy McCormick, Amy McIntosh, Kristen Galloway, Melissa DiCerbo and Lindsay Jones teamed up to finish third in its race. The Lady Vols crossed the finish line in 6:59.3, just behind UCF (6:58.9) and the winning boat, Kansas State (6:55.0). The performance was especially impressive considering that the squad was comprised mostly of student-athletes from the Second Varsity 8+, as the usual Varsity 8+ rowers did not compete this weekend.
Also earning bronze metals for the Orange and White was the Novice 8+ squad, powered by Molly Oellerich (cox.), Steppie Williams, Adrienne Long, Brittany Hunley, Olivia Marnell, Jennifer Gerlach, Heather Hill, Rory Mohon and Laura Barton. The boat clocked a time of 7:12.8 and finished just off the pace of Louisville (7:11.8) and Purdue (7:07.1).
"We went into this year's S.I.R.A. Regatta with some very specific objectives in mind in terms of developing our crews at the JV 8+ and Varsity 4+ levels," Head Coach Lisa Glenn said. "The student-athletes really used the experience very well and came away from the weekend having put together some more elements of the race plan that we needed to do at this time of the season. I was very pleased with the JV 8+'s handling of the competitive situation that they had in front of them. The Varsity 4+ made some strides that were necessary in advance of heading out west to Washington State. I was pleased with how we used the opportunity this weekend and really look forward to working with the student-athletes as they take things a step further going into next week."
Tennessee will be in action again when it faces Washington State and Oregon State in Pullman, Wash., on April 24.
Southern Intercollegiate Rowing Association Regatta
April 18, 2004
|Final Team Standings|
|2.||Central Florida||39 points|
|Varsity 8+ -- Grand Final|
|Varsity 4+ -- Grand Final|
|Novice 8+ -- Grand Final|