Oct. 26, 2008
OAK RIDGE, Tenn. - The University of Tennessee women's rowing team came home from the 33rd annual Head of the Tennessee regatta with eight total medals, including first-place finishes in the collegiate 8+, open pair and collegiate double events. The Lady Vols have now collected 61 total medals in their 13 appearances at the regatta.
The Orange and White novices posted a third-place showing in their first action of the season. The UT "A" shell finished the nearly 5,000-meter course in 18:33.00, crossing the line just over five seconds behind first-place Alabama and less than two seconds after second-place Chattanooga. The novices matched last year's performance, taking home one medal on the day.
The varsity squad opened the event with a 1-2 finish as the only competitors in the collegiate double. The two Lady Vol shells finished nearly two minutes apart, with the "B" boat completing the course in 18:41.13.
Tennessee collected three more medals in the open pair. The Orange and White swept the first six spots in the eight-boat race. The UT "D" shell took first in the event, crossing the line in 19:46.69, followed by the "E" boat nine seconds later. The Lady Vols completed the medal sweep with the "B" shell taking third in 19:58.00.
The Big Orange capped the day with a 1-2 finish in the collegiate 8+ race. The Lady Vols' "A" crew crossed the finish line in 15:57.39 to take the gold medal. The Orange and White "B" boat came in 50 seconds later, beating four other squads from Alabama and Virginia Tech.
With the win in the collegiate double, the Lady Vols took home the event's F.E. Thurman Trophy, awarded to the winning team in the women's collegiate 2x event. Tennessee also captured the Ashton Trophy as the regatta's top women's collegiate 8+ shell.
The Lady Vols now look ahead to next weekend's Head of the Chattahoochee in Chattanooga, Tenn. The Orange and White brought home two medals at the event in 2007. The Head of the Hooch is set to begin at 8:55 a.m. on Saturday, Nov. 1 on the Tennessee River.