May 28, 2004
Needing a top-three finish to secure a spot in the semifinals, the 10th-ranked Tennessee Lady Vol varsity eight shell cruised to a second-place finish in the repechage at the NCAA Championships on Lake Natoma in Sacramento, Calif., on Friday afternoon. By advancing to the semifinals, UT can finish no lower than 12th and will earn the program's best-ever finish at the event. Last season, UT's top boat finished a then-program-best 16th at the Championships.
The Big Orange crew of Erin Artz (cox.), Nicole Bold, Lauren Wells, Chelsea Pemberton, Kaitlin Bargreen, McKenzie Craig, Dana Forbes, Sarah Hutcheson and Andrea Bagwell completed the course in 7:25.5, while the top finisher, sixth-ranked Harvard, crossed the line in 7:23.8. Also moving on to the semifinals is No. 12 Southern California (7:29.7), joining No. 1 California, No. 2 Princeton, No. 3 Ohio State, No. 5 Virginia, No. 6 Washington, No. 7 Yale, No. 8 Michigan, No. 9 Brown and No. 16 Notre Dame, which all advanced in the morning's preliminary heats. Those boats that will compete in the C Final are No. 11 Wisconsin (7:33.1), No. 14 Michigan State (7:36.6), No. 13 Texas (7:37.5) and No. 17 Washington State (7:42.9).
"I think our varsity eight handled the race conditions very well this afternoon and made really good technical changes from this morning," Head Coach Lisa Glenn said. "I'm also really proud that they didn't settle and wanted to take a step forward."
While Tennessee was able to gain entry into the semifinals by virtue of its performance in the repechage, the squad nearly earned a berth with a strong showing in Friday morning's preliminary heat. The crew finished fourth and only four tenths of a second behind third-place finisher and semifinal qualifier Notre Dame.
Semifinal action will get underway at 10:30 a.m. PT on Saturday. The Lady Vols will race in the second semifinal, scheduled to commence at 10:45 a.m. and will include Harvard, California, Washington, Brown and Princeton.
Lake Natoma, Sacramento, Calif.
May 28, 2004
Results -- Repechage
*Top three advance to the semifinals
Results -- Opening Heats