Oct. 12, 2013
CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. The University of Tennessee women's rowing team kicked off the fall season in style on Saturday at the Chattanooga Head Race, taking home five total medals including two gold. The Lady Vols have now collected 75 total medals in their 17 trips to the event.
In the women's collegiate pair, the Lady Vols swept the event having three of their boats place in the first three slots. The Big Orange made up seven of the 15 entrants in the event.
The gold medal Tennessee "C" shell featured junior Rachel Whitaker and sophomore Katie King, the pair crossed the finish line in 19 minutes and 51.50 seconds. The Lady Vols "B" boat, including sophomore Victoria Bartell and senior Liz Dickson, took the second place slot completing the course in 19 minutes and 58.49 seconds. Closing out the top three was the Orange and White's "D" boat with senior Rachel White and freshman Courtney Crossley with a time of 20 minutes and 4.17 seconds.
Sophomore Erin Gibbemeyer and junior Sarah McAuliffe secured the fourth place slot with a time of 20 minutes and 50.71 seconds. Tennessee also had three boats secure seventh through ninth place with Morgan Suffridge and Victoria Florence, Kaitlan Aries and Kahala Schneider, and Hannah Waddell and McDarragh Minnock crossing the finish line in 21 minutes and 4.65 seconds, 21 minutes and 18.85 seconds, and 21 minutes and 40 seconds respectively.
In Tennessee's second and final event of the day, the Lady Vols brought home yet another gold medal in the women's collegiate four race.
The first place "C" shell coxed by senior Rachel Clagett, including Whitney Wolfe, Kahala Schneider, Katie King and Rachel Whitaker completed the course in 18 minutes and 33.77 seconds. Conference USA foe, the University of Alabama secured the second place slot with a time of 18 minutes 46.90 seconds.
Bringing home the Lady Vols' fifth medal of the day, Tennessee's "B" shell led by sophomore Harper Lucas crossed the finish line under a second behind Alabama with a time of 18 minutes and 47.03 seconds.
The last two boats Tennessee raced in the women's collegiate 4+ secured the fourth place slot with a time of 19 minutes and 01.21 seconds and the sixth spot with a time of 19 minutes and 45.06 seconds.
Tennessee now looks ahead towards a head-to-head match up with the Blue Devils of Duke University. The rowing team at Duke completed their 2013 spring campaign with a third place finish at the ACC Championships. This will be the first ever head-to-head race for the Lady Volunteers and the Blue Devils.
WOMEN'S COLLEGIATE PAIR:
1st Place - TENNESSEE C (Rachel Whitaker and Katie King) - 19:51.50
2nd Place - TENNESSEE B (Victoria Bartell and Liz Dickson) - 19:58.49
3rd Place - TENNESSEE D (Rachel White and Courtney Crossley) - 20:04.17
4th Place - TENNESSEE F (Erin Gibbemeyer and Sarah McAuliffe) - 20:50.71
5th Place - University of Alabama/Huntsville Crew - 20:53.04
6th Place - Georgia Tech Crew - 20:59.99
7th Place - TENNESSEE E (Morgan Suffridge and Victoria Florence) - 21:04.65
8th Place - TENNESSEE A (Kaitlan Aries and Kahala Schneider) - 21:18.85
9th Place - TENNESSEE G (Hannah Waddell and McDarragh Minnock) - 21:40.00
10th Place - University of Alabama - 21:50.09
11th Place - University of Alabama - 21:53.53
12th Place - University of Alabama - 22:16.17
13th Place - Vanderbilt University - 22:26.03
14th Place - Vanderbilt University - 23:32.40
15th Place - Vanderbilt University - 23:28.10
WOMEN'S COLLEGIATE 4+:
1st Place - TENNESSEE A (Rachel Clagett, Whitney Wolfe, Kahala Schneider, Katie King, Rachel Whitaker) -18:33.77
2nd Place - University of Alabama - 18:46.90
3rd Place - TENNESSEE B (Harper Lucas, Morgan Suffridge, Rachel White, Courtney Crossley, Hannah Waddell) - 18:47.03
4th Place - TENNESSEE C (Jessie Richardson, Kaitlan Aries, Victoria Bartell, Liz Dickson, Sarah McAuliffe) - 19:01.21
5th Place - University of Alabama - 19:13.90
6th Place - TENNESSEE D (MaryNell Hayes, Erin Gibbemeyer, Victoria Florence, McDarragh Minnock, Bridget Boland) - 19:45.06
7th Place - Murray State University - 19:47.43
8th Place - University of Alabama - 19:48.79
9th Place - University of Alabama - 19:49.10
10th Place - Vanderbilt University - 20:04.47
11th Place - University of Alabama/Huntsville - 20:18.67
12th Place - Murray State University - 20:26.49
13th Place - University of Georgia - 20:56.03
14th Place - Samford Crew - 21:14.60
15th Place - Tennessee Crew - 21:58.33
16th Place - Tulane University - 22:31.14
17th Place - University of Georgia - 22:54.95
18th Place - Berry College - 23:25.71
19th Place- University of Tennessee, Chattanooga - 23:56.94
20th Place - Tennessee Crew - 25:46.75