May 28, 2006
WEST WINDSOR, N.J. The Lady Vol rowing team ranked 12th in the 2006 NCAA Rowing Championships, closing out the program's first trip with a full squad to the title meet on Sunday, held on Mercer Lake.
The Orange and White's best showing on the final day came from the Second Eight. Junior coxswain Stephanie Davis (Martin, Tenn.), sophomores Genevieve Collins (Dallas, Texas) and Mary Jones (Huntsville, Ala.), senior Beth Schwartz (Columbia, Tenn.), freshman Alex Shishkov (Mississauga, Ontario), junior Heather Hill (Knoxville, Tenn./Catholic), sophomore Leah Smelser (Macon, Ga.), freshman Sara Becker (San Diego, Calif.) and junior Katrina von Peters (Chattanooga, Tenn.) crossed the line fifth in the petite final, .32 seconds ahead of Notre Dame. Michigan State paced the field, winning the "B" final in 6:57.220. Washington finished second, while Stanford ranked third. Yale came in fourth.
The Fours crew of sophomore coxswain Kelly Todd (Oak Ridge, Tenn.), juniors
Steppie Williams (Collierville, Tenn.) and Sarah Hutcheson (Orlando, Fla.) and
freshmen Kate Brownlee (North Gower, Ontario) and Caroline Howell (Davenport,
Iowa) finished 12th in the country, coming in sixth in the petite final.
Princeton won the race in 7:49.343, while Wisconsin ranked second. Stanford
finished third, while Yale came in fourth and Notre Dame ended up in fifth.
"I'm really happy for the team that they were able to put together strong performances when they needed to and earn an opportunity to compete at the championship," said UT head coach Lisa Glenn. "I'm really happy that they were able to get that experience. We used the experience well, although we had different expectations in the V8+ earlier in the competition. They did a really nice job of finishing in their final race. I know that the team will use this experience. I also wanted to thank my staff for all the support they give the team and all the assistance they provide me.
In the tightest race in history, California won the national title over Brown by virtue of their second-place result in the First Eights grand final. The two teams were tied with 66 points. Princeton, who won the First Eights grand final by 6.4 seconds, ranked third. This is the second time in history that the V8+ winner did not take home the team title. Washington State came in fourth, while Ohio State finished fifth.
|2006 NCAA Rowing Championships|
Mercer Lake West Windsor, N.J.
Sunday Results for UT
|4. Washington State*||52|
|5. Ohio State||52|
|6. Michigan State||40|
|9. Notre Dame||22|
|*Ties are broken by finish in the First Eights|
|Fours Petite Final|
|5. Notre Dame||8:01.961|
|Second Varsity Eight Petite Final|
|1. Michigan State||6:57.220|
|6. Notre Dame||7:05.001|