The Lady Vol rowers rest during a recent trip to the water.
April 28, 2002
A day after winning the Southeastern Conference Invitational, the Lady Vol rowing team raced against four ranked teams in the Clemson Classic and was defeated in each of the four races. Tennessee finished no higher than third in any of the contests and the closest it was to the first-place boat was 9.8 seconds.
"The athletes raced with a lot of heart and they attacked the course," stated head coach Lisa Glenn. "I was pleased with the effort that they put out. They knew that they needed to race their race and for the most part they did that. This was a very fast field of crews and I was impressed with Oregon State and Washington State's speed. It is important for our athletes to know they are just at the end of the really challenging part of their season. As we go into the next couple of weeks and work towards the final race - the Central Regionals, we will be sharpening and refining our technique. That will be the race that tells us where we are. Our team has come off a hard few weeks of training and racing and I am looking forward to working with them and finding more speed in the next couple of weeks."
The premier race of the day was the Varsity 8+ as four ranked teams competed in the five-boat race. #17 Oregon State won the event in a time of 6:29.4. They were followed by #14 Washington State (6:30.5), #19 Duke (6:32.9) and #24 Clemson (6:38.2). The Tennessee team of Erin Artz (coxswain), Chelsea Pemberton, Kacey Montgomery, Kaitlin Bargreen, Kay Logan, Dana Forbes, Sally BeVille and Amy McIntosh captured fifth in a time of 6:45.8.
Next the Varsity 4+s squared off and UT took fourth in the five-team field as Duke won in a time of 7:25.2. Clemson's A-shell was second in 7:27.8, followed by Washington State in 7:29.5. Lizzie Brown's team of Elizabeth Humberd, Michelle Higdon, Claire Hennesy and Elizabeth Freeman was next in a time of 7:36.1. Clemson's B -boat placed fifth in 7:55.7
Three shells were entered in the Novice 8+ event and the Lady Vol team of Jovanna Vick (cox.), Heather Marshall, Marissa Allen, Holly McDaniel, Carol Weigand, Hilary Gilmore, Tabatha Eaton, Katie Pelphrey and Melissa DiCerbo crossed the finish line in third at a clip of 7:08.1. Clemson took home first in a time of 6:56.4 while Duke was second in 6:58.4
The last race of the day was the 2nd Varsity 8+ and the Orange and White again took home third. The UT nine-person tandem of Shannon McMahon (cox.), Davida Lopez, Claire Newton, Kelly Kraiss, Grace Harrington, Ginny Bradley, McKenzie Craig, Mary Gruzalski and Mary Beth Lewis clocked in at 6:51.4. Washington State was first at 6:41.6, while Clemson was second in 6:43.5. Duke finished fourth in 7:05.7
The Lady Vols will spend the next week preparing for final exams and then race the Cincinnati Bearcats on Sunday, May 5, at the Lady Volunteer Boathouse on Neyland Drive.
|(Artz, C. Pemberton, Montgomery, Bargreen, Logan, Forbes, BeVille, McIntosh, Sagar)|
|(Brown, Humberd, Higdon, Hennesy, Freeman)|
|(Vick, Marshall, Allen, McDaniel, Weigand, Gilmore, Eaton, Pelphrey, DiCerbo)|
|2nd Varsity 8+|
|(McMahon, Lopez, Newton, Kraiss, Harrington, Bradley, Craig, Gruzalski, Lewis)|