Novice-8 in aciton.
Oct. 20, 2001
The University of Tennessee women's rowing team had its most significant first place in school history when it finished first at the Head of the Charles, one of the most prestigious regattas in the world. The Varsity 8+ shell consisting of Shannon McMahon, Kacey Montgomery, Kelly Kraiss, Kay Logan, Kaitlin Bargreen, Grace Harrington, Ginny Bradley, Sally BeVille and Amy McIntosh finished the course in 17:31.82 nearly a second faster than the University of Cincinnati boat to capture the gold medal.
"The race went very well and I was glad that we were prepared for it," stated head coach Lisa Glenn. "The team understood what it had to do and did not let other things (the 55 other shells, the fans lining the shore) distract them from their goal. Our coxswain Shannon (McMahon) handled the race very well. She made the right calls at crucial times and was able to manage the situation effectively. The team was composed and dominant during the race and I was pleasantly surprised with the outcome. The win also made a difference for our program as it now guarantees us an entry in next year's Championship 8+ race and hopefully gains us some spots in other races. All of them are all thrilled and I am so proud of them."
With the Varsity 8+ in Boston, the rest of the Orange and White stayed in town and competed in the 26th annual Head of the Tennessee. The squad did well picking up six medals including first place in both the Championship 4+ and Championship 8+ events.
The first race of the day for the Lady Vols was the Novice 8+, and Tennessee was able to come away with second and third place right behind a group of experienced freshman from Duke. The boat of Jovanna Vick (cox.), Shanna Hurley, Charmaine Allen, Dana Forbes, Holly McDaniel, Melissa DiCerbo, McKenzie Craig, Marissa Allen and Heather Marshall crossed the finish line in 19:32.00. In third place with a time of 20:06.17 was the team of Jacki Sawyer (cox.), Charlene Dondero, Emily Allen, Bonnie Duncan, Carol Weigand, Tabatha Eaton, Elizabeth Hoffman, Maggie Waltz and Hilary Gilmore.
In the next race the Championship 4+ team of Lizzie Brown (cox.), Chelsea Pemberton, Sarah Long, Elizabeth Humberd and Lindsay Sagar captured the gold in a time of 19:23.49. The shell of Erin Artz (cox.), Gruzalski, Nicole Bold, Davida Lopez and Claire Newton finished in 19:46.44 to come away with the bronze medal.
In the Championship Pairs event, Elizabeth Freeman and Claire Hennesy finished in third in a time of 23:08.90 while Mary Beth Lewis and Mary Gruzalski clocked in at 24:27.83 to capture fifth.
The last event of the day was the Championship 8+ and the Lady Vol team of Artz (cox.), Pemberton, Long, Lopez, Newton, Humberd, Sagar, Gruzalski and Bold picked up UT's third gold medal of the afternoon at a clip of 17:58.84.
Head of the Charles
1. Tennessee 17:31.82 (McMahon [coxswain], Montgomery, Kraiss, Logan, Bargreen, Harrington, Bradley, BeVille, McIntosh)
Head of the Tennessee
2. Tennessee 19:32.00
(Vick [cox.], Hurley, Allen, Forbes, McDaniel, DiCerbo, Craig, Allen, Marshall)
3. Tennessee 20:06.17 (Sawyer (cox.), Dondero, Allen, Duncan, Weigand, Eaton, Hoffman, Waltz, Gilmore)
1. Tennessee 19:23.49
(Brown [cox.], Pemberton, Long, Humberd, Sagar)
3. Tennessee 19:46.44
(Artz [cox.], Gruzalski, Bold, Lopez, Newton)
3. Tennessee 23.08.90
5. Tennessee 24.27.83
1. Tennessee 17:58.84
(Artz [cox.], Pemberton, Long, Lopez, Newton, Humberd, Sagar, Gruzalski, Bold)