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UT ROWERS ADVANCE TO PETITE FINAL AT NCAA CHAMPIONSHIPS
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May 28, 2005

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SACRAMENTO, Calif. - The University of Tennessee Lady Vol varsity eight shell finished in sixth place on Saturday morning and will move on to tomorrow's Petite Final, competing for places seventh-12th. Each of the two semifinal's top-three finishers advanced to the Grand Final. UT's top boat is ensured a top-12 finish in the event, after finishing a program-best 10th last season.

The Tennessee crew of Molly Oellerich [cox.], Kaitlin Bargreen, Lauren Wells, Rachel Mayberry, McKenzie Craig, Dana Forbes, Chelsea Pemberton, Andrea Bagwell and Beth Schwartz, completed the 2000-meter course in 6:49.72. Top-ranked California won the race in a time of 6:32.62, followed by ninth-ranked Harvard (6:38.33), seventh-ranked Virginia (6:40.54), No. 12 Michigan (6:45.56) and No. 13 Washington (6:45.73).

Tennessee opened the race in second place through 500 meters, a half length behind California for the lead. The Lady Vol shell fell off the pace at the half way mark, falling to sixth, about five seconds off the pace. UT would jump to fifth at the 1500-meter mark, but would ultimately finish in sixth place.

 

 

UT's varsity eight, ranked sixth in the Collegiate Rowing Coaches Association Varsity Eight Poll, will race in the Petite Final on Sunday at 11:45 a.m. PT and will earn a placement somewhere between seventh and 12th. Joining the Lady Vols in the Petite Finals will be fifth-ranked Brown, eighth-ranked Stanford, Michigan, Washington and No. 10 USC.

Racing in the Grand Final will be California, Harvard, Ohio State, Princeton, Virginia and Yale. In the C Final, Michigan State was victorious earning 13th-place, followed by Wisconsin, UCLA and Syracuse.

NCAA Championships
Lake Natoma, Sacramento, Calif.
May 28, 2005

Results -- Semifinals
*Top three advance to Grand Finals
Semifinal I
1.Princeton6:35.77 *
2.Yale6:39.47 *
3.Ohio State6:39.67 *
4. Brown6:41.40
5.Stanford6:47.92
6.USC6:52.38
Semifinal II
1.California6:32.62*
2.Harvard6:38.33*
3.Virginia6:40.56*
4.Michigan6:45.56
5.Washington6:45.73
6.Tennessee6:49.72
Final C (Places 13th-16th)
1.Mich. St.6:45.98
2.Wisconsin6:46.21
3.UCLA6:46.54
4.Syracuse6:57.87
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