April 28, 2007
DERBY, Conn. - A two-length victory over host Yale in the Varsity 4+ event highlighted Tennessee's day in the tri-meet against the Bulldogs and Brown on the Housatonic River on Saturday afternoon.
The Fours crew of freshman coxswain Roshauna Singh (Vienna, Va.), junior Marisa Mohan (San Diego, Calif.), senior Heather Hill (Knoxville, Tenn.), freshman Erin Gray (Wuerzberg, Germany) and senior Kristen Galloway (Knoxville, Tenn.) bounced back from a two-loss weekend to down the Bulldogs by two lengths. Tennessee challenged Brown toward the end, but they were unable to overtake the Bears, crossing the finish line 2.5 seconds behind last year's NCAA Championships Fours winner.
"Roshy's four raced very well," said UT head coach Lisa Glenn, "and they are showing improvement. We have more to do in that boat, and the next few weeks will be important for them."
Tennessee's Second Varsity 8+ started out slow in the first 200 meters of the race, which put them back a bit going into the turn. After that, the group of freshman coxswain Katie Ross (Saratoga Springs, N.Y.), freshman Mary Beth Dreusike (Huntington Station, N.Y.), sophomores Caroline Howell (Davenport, Iowa), Alex Shishkov (Mississauga, Ontario) and Kate Brownlee (North Gower, Ontario), junior Leah Smelser (Macon, Ga.), freshman Kate Snider (Ramona, Calif.) and juniors Kendra Warren (Franklin, Tenn.) and Genevieve Collins (Dallas, Texas) made a late charge before finishing a length behind Yale. Brown took home the victory with a time of 6:27.0, nine seconds in front of the Orange and White.
The race pitting three top-10 teams, according to the USRowing/Collegiate Rowing Coaches Association (CRCA) poll, saw the Lady Vols have a disappointing showing. Fourth-ranked Yale pulled off the upset of No. 2 Brown to claim the Nat and Anne Chase Cup, as the Bulldogs beat the Bears by five seats. UT's shell, comprised of senior coxswain Stephanie Davis (Martin, Tenn.), juniors Renee Brittle (Dublin, Va.) and Jessica Ayers (Alpharetta, Ga.), senior Rachel Mayberry (Woodbridge, Va.), sophomore Erin-Monique Shelton (Upper Hutt, New Zealand), juniors Nina Dobratz (Portland, Ore.), Krista Gearing (Fenwick, Ontario) and Mary Jones (Huntsville, Ala.) and senior Sarah Hutcheson (Orlando, Fla.), came in three-and-a-half lengths in back of the Bears. Yale has now defeated 12 crews in six races this spring and won six title-race trophies this season.
"The varsity eight put the fight out there," Glenn stated, "but they were not as complete as they are capable of being. Timing and rhythm became factors for us."
Tennessee knew coming in it was in a hard spot, racing as an outsider in a rivalry race.
"Anytime you join in on a rivalry like this one, you are getting into a race that will be very tough," said Glenn.
All in all, Glenn was still finding the positive aspect of such a difficult day on the course.
"This program is about taking on new challenges and putting ourselves into situations that will create growth for our team and for rowing in general," Glenn commented. "This weekend was that experience for us this season. Now we weather it and turn our attention toward the regional championships in Oak Ridge."
Tennessee takes next weekend off before hosting the 11th-annual Central and South Region Championships on Melton Hill Lake in Oak Ridge, Tenn.
Tennessee vs. Brown vs. Yale
Housatonic River - Derby, Conn.
April 28, 2007 - Final Results
|No. 4 Yale||6:21.0|
|No. 2 Brown||6:23.3|
|No. 10 Tennessee||6:37.6|
|Davis [cox.], Brittle, Ayers, Mayberry, Shelton, Dobratz, Gearing, M. Jones, Hutcheson|
|Second Varsity 8+|
|Ross [cox.], Dreusike, Howell, Shishkov, Brownlee, Smelser, Snider, Warren, Collins|
|Singh [cox.], Mohan, Hill, Gray, Galloway|