April 24, 2004


The University of Tennessee women's rowing team battled windy conditions Saturday afternoon but earned a second-place finish and two third-place finishes in races against Washington State and Oregon State on the Snake River in Pullman, Wash. The competition was the final tune-up for the Lady Vols before they take part in the Lexus Central/Southern Sprints.

The 11th-ranked UT Varsity 8+ shell, comprised of Erin Artz (cox.), Nicole Bold, Lauren Wells, Chelsea Pemberton, Kaitlin Bargreen, McKenzie Craig, Dana Forbes, Sarah Hutcheson and Andrea Bagwell, completed the 2,000-meter course in 6:27.8 and a little more than four seconds behind No. 12 Washington State (6:23.28). Earlier this season, Tennessee's top boat defeated WSU at the San Diego Crew Classic.

In Varsity 4+ action, the crew of Jovanna Vick (cox.), Holly Holmes, Amy McCormick, Kelly Hoskins and Caitlyn Cleary crossed the finish line in 7:36.08 and in third place. Oregon State took top honors with a 7:26.5 clocking, while Washington State came in at 7:29.5.



Like the Varsity 4+ squad, the Second Varsity 8+ shell also notched a third-place finish. The boat, powered by Lizzie Brown (cox.), Marissa Allen, Beth Schwartz, Rachel Mayberry, Kathryn Payne, Amy McIntosh, Kristen Galloway, Melissa DiCerbo and Lindsay Jones, finished the course in 6:46.8, while the Cougars and OSU checked in with times of 6:33.0 and 6:41.08, respectively.

"This trip provided important necessary experience for this team," Head Coach Lisa Glenn said. "It marks the first time the program has taken all three NCAA events on the road to compete. In order to race at the top level in all events, our crews must experience the level of racing that Washington State and Oregon State brought this weekend. There's a difference between handling an experience and seizing it, maximizing it and making it your own. I don't think we could have gotten a better lesson at a better time, because this program must be about seizing opportunities, maximizing them and making them our own. I look forward to the next three weeks working with this team as we head into regionals."

The Lady Vols will be in action again when they race in the Lexus Central/Southern Sprints at Melton Hill Lake in Oak Ridge, Tenn., on May 15-16.

Final Results
Wawawai Landing on the Snake River
April 24, 2004

Varsity 8+
1.Washington State6:23.28
3.Oregon State6:35.36
Varsity 4+
1.Oregon Statev7:26.50
2.Washington State7:29.50
4.Washington State (B)7:43.40
Second Varsity 8+
1.Washington State6:33.00
2.Oregon State6:41.08



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