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NO. 19 UT ADVANCES TO VARSITY 8+ GRAND FINAL AT LEXUS SPRINTS
Chelsea Pemberton and the Lady Vol Varsity 8+ finished atop the 1st varsity preliminaries.

Chelsea Pemberton and the Lady Vol Varsity 8+ finished atop the 1st varsity preliminaries.

May 17, 2003

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OAK RIDGE, Tenn.

The University of Tennessee women's rowing team got off to a strong start at day one of the seventh-annual Lexus Central/South Region Sprints on Saturday, as the Lady Vols' 19th-ranked varsity 8+ crew qualified for Sunday's grand final.

Tennessee earned its initial trip to a 1st Varsity 8+ Grand Final in Lexus Sprints history by winning its preliminary heat, which included No. 11 Michigan State, then placing second in the semifinals. The Orange and White crew of junior Lizzie Brown (cox.),sophomore Kaitlin Bargreen, junior Nicole Bold, freshman Lauren Wells, sophomore Chelsea Pemberton, sophomore Dana Forbes, senior Kacey Montgomery, sophomore Melissa Dicerbo and senior Kay Logan faces a tough challenge on Sunday, as all five of their competitors in the grand final are ranked in the national top 20. That strong field features No. 7 Michigan, No. 10 Ohio State, No. 11 Michigan State, No. 12 Virginia and No. 17 Texas. The petite final will be comprised of No. 15 Iowa, Clemson, Duke, Miami (Fla.), Minnesota and Notre Dame.

 

 

"I'm really pleased with the way our varsity 8+ handled itself in the prelims and semifinals today," UT Head Coach Lisa Glenn said. "They have completed the first two steps, but now must focus on taking the last step in tomorrow's grand final. I am proud that they have put themselves in this position."

In addition to the Varsity 8+, UT also had a strong showing in the other events contested on Saturday. The Big Orange advanced to the grand final of the 2nd Varsity 4+, while just missing spots in the 2nd Varsity 8+ and 1st Varsity 4+ grand finals by one position. Tennessee's 2nd Varsity 4+ squad will race against Iowa, Michigan, Michigan State, Notre Dame and Ohio State in Sunday's grand final.

UT's 2nd Varsity 8+ shell dropped more than 15 seconds off its prelim time in the semifinals, but Michigan edged out the Lady Vols by one second to claim the last spot in the grand finals. Tennessee's squad of junior Erin Artz (cox.), junior Amy McIntosh, sophomore McKenzie Craig, sophomore Andrea Bagwell, senior Kelly Kravitz, senior Kelly Kraiss, freshman Lindsay Jones, sophomore Marissa Allen and junior Jessica Shreder will face Clemson, Kansas, Kansas State, Minnesota and Texas in the 2nd Varsity 8+ Petite Final on Sunday.

"The 2nd Varsity 8+ have a very strong race in the semifinals, competing with Ohio State and Michigan," Glenn said. "It is somewhat bittersweet for them, however, to miss the grand final by just one second."

The Lady Vols' 1st Varsity 4+ boat also advanced to Sunday's petite final, in which UT faces Duke, Miami (Fla.), Notre Dame, Texas and Virginia. Tennessee's 1st Novice 8+ shell, meanwhile, will race against Clemson, Indiana, Kansas, Miami (Fla.) and Notre Dame in Sunday's petite final.

As with Saturday's schedule, the finals schedule for Sunday has been revised from its original format due to the threat of more severe weather. Racing is schedule to start at 9 a.m., beginning with the 1st Varsity 8+ and having 10-minute intervals between the start of each race. Rowing on Saturday was delayed until 10:40 a.m., due to thunderstorms moving through the area, while the intervals between races were shortened to seven minutes in order to complete all events. Conditions were very humid, with temperatures in the upper 60's to mid 70's during races.

LADY VOL RESULTS:
Lexus Central/South Region Sprints
May 17, 2003 - Melton Hill Lake - Oak Ridge, Tenn.

PRELIMINARY HEATS:
1st Varsity 8+
1.Tennessee6:30.6
2.Michigan State6:33.4
3.Clemson6:37.7
4.Kansas State6:44.9
5.Kansas6:45.7
UT Lineup: Brown (cox.), Bargreen, Bold, Wells, Pemberton, Forbes, Montgomery, Dicerbo, Logan
2nd Varsity 8+
1.Iowa6:33.6
2.Michigan6:34.8
3.Notre Dame6:45.4
4.Tennessee6:51.4
5.Kansas6:52.6
6.Clemson7:01.1
7.Eastern Michigan7:16.1
UT Lineup: Artz (cox.), McIntosh, Craig, Bagwell, Kravitz, Kraiss, Jones, Allen, Shreder
1st Varsity 4+
1.Iowa7:27.0
2.Tennessee7:32.1
3.Notre Dame7:32.3
4.Texas7:37.2
5.Indiana7:45.8
6.Tulsa7:59.0
UT Lineup: Vick (cox.), Gilmore, Lewis, Gruzalski, Schwartz
2nd Varsity 4+
1.Ohio State7:23.1
2.Iowa7:28.9
3.Tennessee7:32.8
4.Clemson7:49.6
UT Lineup: Dainty (cox.), Freeman, Samu, McCormick, BeVille
1st Novice 8+
1.Indiana6:50.7
2.Michigan6:52.5
3.Notre Dame6:55.1
4.Tennessee6:59.2
5.North Carolina7:06.6
6.SMU7:31.5
UT Lineup: Wheeler (cox.), Holmes, Fitzgerald, Anders, Graber, Cleary, Searby, Groves, Peterson
SEMIFINAL/REPECHAGE HEATS:
1st Varsity 8+
1.Michigan6:23.6
2.Tennessee6:25.6
3.Michigan State6:27.1
4.Notre Dame6:30.7
5.Minnesota6:36.5
6.Clemson6:44.6
UT Lineup: Brown (cox.), Bargreen, Bold, Wells, Pemberton, Forbes, Montgomery, Dicerbo, Logan
2nd Varsity 8+
1.Ohio state6:34.3
2.Michigan6:34.9
3.Tennessee6:35.9
4.Minnesota6:50.4
5.Clemson7:02.6
6.Cincinnati7:03.1
UT Lineup: Artz (cox.), McIntosh, Craig, Bagwell, Kravitz, Kraiss, Jones, Allen, Shreder
1st Varsity 4+
1.Michigan7:20.3
2.Clemson7:23.4
3.Michigan State7:25.1
4.Tennessee7:34.4
5.Notre Dame7:38.6
6.Duke7:46.7
UT Lineup: Vick (cox.), Gilmore, Lewis, Gruzalski, Schwartz
2nd Varsity 4+
1.Michigan7:31.1
2.Iowa7:32.8
3.Tennessee7:33.5
4.Michigan State7:39.9
5.Kansas State7:52.0
6.Clemson7:58.7
UT Lineup: Dainty (cox.), Freeman, Samu, McCormick, BeVille
1st Novice 8+
1.Virginia6:47.5
2.Ohio State6:49.0
3.Texas6:52.8
4.Miami (Fla.)6:56.8
5.Indiana6:59.6
6.Tennessee7:02.8
UT Lineup: Wheeler (cox.), Holmes, Fitzgerald, Anders, Graber, Cleary, Searby, Groves, Peterson
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