May 12, 2012
OAK RIDGE, Tenn. - As Tennessee's first varsity eight rowed back into the launching area, hundreds of screaming orange-clad parents and fans cheered on the shell. The Lady Vols had clinched the 2012 Conference USA Rowing Championship, their second in three years.
"The whole hill was covered with fans in their orange and the eight was slowly rowing in front of them--it was really beautiful and meaningful for me," said head coach Lisa Glenn. "It means the world to us to see them over there. It was great to see them over there yelling for their crew."
Tennessee's V8, coxed by Ashley Fichthorn and including Arin Anderson, Nikki Arcamuzi, Hilary Epes, Erika Johnson, Erika Lauderdale, Anita McLure, Evelyn Radford and Rachel White sealed the team victory with a 6-minute 45.8-second gold-medal time.
UT's 2V8+ also won gold, crossing the finish line in 6 minutes 52.40 seconds. The second varsity eight was coxed by Jessie Richardson and included Taylor Athan, Paige Austin, Jennifer Bailey, Katherine Changes, Kristin Coggin, Liz Dickson, Kayla Lucier and Liza Rader.
"It's very gratifying--all credit to our team, they really showed what they could do out there," Glenn said. "We've been very specific with our training and very focused on our training meeting up with our ultimate goals."
For her efforts leading the Lady Vols to the conference title, Glenn was awarded the C-USA Coach of the Year award. Senior Erika Lauderdale, juniors Ashley Fichthorn and Erika Johnson, and sophomore Rachel White were named to the C-USA All-Conference Team, while freshman Kayla Lucier was named C-USA Newcomer of the Year.
Clagett and Johnson were also named to the C-USA All-Academic Team. Clagett, a Brentwood, Tenn., native, earned a 3.76 GPA as a graphic design major, while Johnson, who hails from Victoria, British Columbia, earned a 3.74 in biochemistry, cellular and molecular biology.
1. Tennessee 53
2. Texas 44
3. Oklahoma 42
4. UCF 34
5. Tulsa 28
6. Kansas State 21
7. Alabama 20
8. Kansas 16
9. SMU 12
V8+: 1. Tennessee (Fichthorn (cox), A. Anderson, Arcamuzi, Epes, Johnson, Lauderdale, McLure, Radford, White) 6:45.80, 2. Oklahoma 6:49.39 3. Texas 6:50.13
2V8+: 1. Tennessee (Richardson (cox), Athan, Austin, Bailey, Changes, Coggin, Dickson, Lucier) 6:52.40, 2. Texas 6:59.54, 3. Oklahoma 7:02.79
V4+: 1. Kansas 7:35.50, 2. Tennessee (Clagett (cox), Jessica Burns, Ashley Case, Mary-Hannah Daugherty, Andrea Keesecker) 7:40.53, 3. Texas 7:41.78
Novice 8: 1. Oklahoma 7:04.90, 2. Tennessee (Meagan Eaton (cox), Jessica Anderson, Sarah Castilaw, Sarah McAuliffe, Sarah Beth Nelius, Leighanne Self, Allison Toth, Rachel Whitaker, Whitney Wolfe) 7:09.32, 3. Texas 7:10.38, 7. Tennessee (Jessica Herwig (cox), Kaitlin Aries, Magan Berman, Hayley Clark, Maggie Collins, Sarah Copeland, Emily Cornelius, Makenzie Hoffmeyer) 7:32.40
Open 4: 1. Tennessee (Courtney Fritts (cox), Maddie Bishop, Sarah Cavins, Kaelyn Gibson, Michelle Goodwin)
2012 C-USA Coach of the Year
Lisa Glenn, Tennessee
2012 C-USA Rowing Athlete of the Year
Nikki Furmanek, Oklahoma
2012 C-USA Newcomer of the Year
Kayla Lucier, Tennessee
2012 Rowing All-Conference USA Team
Ashley Fichthorn, Jr., Tennessee
Erika Johnson, Jr., Tennessee
Erika Lauderdale, Sr., Tennessee
Rachel White, So., Tennessee
Jackie Gorcyca, Fr., Texas
Felicia Izaguirre-Werner, Sr., Texas
Karli Sheahan, Sr., Texas
Nikki Furmanek, Sr., Oklahoma
Rebecca Staff, Jr., Oklahoma
Leigh Ann Terch, Sr., Alabama
Olivia Kinet, Jr., Kansas
Traci Smiley, Sr., Kansas State
Emily Carstens, Jr., SMU
Arielle Tillou, Sr., Tulsa
Chelsey Lauzon, Sr., UCF