Glenn has put together another tough slate for the Lady Vols, who recorded a program-best ninth place finish at NCAA Championships last year. Tennessee, led by eight seniors, will be looking to test itself against teams from each of the five NCAA Regions in 2008.
“We get to see teams from all regions, Central, West, South, Northeast and Mid-Atlantic which provides us with a really good opportunity,” Glenn said. “The challenge that it poses is that we only get those chances once. It’s going to be a really good test for us to make sure that we’re prepared to the best of our ability for each of those opportunities that we have before us. We have to make sure that we’re learning and making the most out of those opportunities.”
The schedule opens with Minnesota, which finished sixth at national championships last year. The Golden Gophers come to Knoxville on Mar. 22 after completing the 2007 campaign ranked No. 1 in the Central Region.
“The nice thing about the schedule is that we start out at home and we are able to begin our season without the added strain of travel,” Glenn said. “I think we do a really nice job of hosting the teams that come to race us.”
UT hosts its second race in as many weeks on Mar. 29, welcoming Louisville to Lake Loudon. The Cardinals were the fourth ranked team in the South region at the end of last year. UL finished 10th at the 2007 Aramark Central/South Region Sprints.
The Lady Vols take their first road trip of the season on April 12. Tennessee heads north to face Ohio State, Michigan and Southern California in Columbus, Ohio. The host Buckeyes took home the bronze medal at NCAA Championships in 2007, finishing second in the varsity eight grand final at the championship regatta. The Wolverines were the fifth-best team in the Central region in 2007, taking home the No. 5 spot at the Aramark Sprints. The Women of Troy enter the spring season after a fifth place finish at national championships last year.
Tennessee will remain on the road on April 19, following the Ohio race with a trip to Princeton, N.J. to face historic powerhouses Yale and Princeton on Lake Carnegie. The Bulldogs missed the podium at national championships by just one point in the team standings, however, the first eight crew took home the gold medal in Oak Ridge, Tenn. Meanwhile, Princeton finished 2007 as the top-ranked team in the Mid-Atlantic region, earning the No. 1 spot in each of the three events.
“When we travel we are able to really get a sense of where we are because of the fact that we’re racing teams that are challenging themselves to the degree that we are,” Glenn said. “Every team that we race is a nationally ranked team. In that sense, our season is exciting because we get to go to Ohio State and Princeton, two great venues.”
While the varsity squad heads to New Jersey, the Lady Vol novices will compete in the Southern Intercollegiate Rowing Association (S.I.R.A.) Regatta, April 19-20. The Orange and White finished fourth at last year’s event, held at Melton Hill Lake in Oak Ridge.
Following the S.I.R.A. Championships and Princeton trip, Tennessee will have one month to prepare for the Aramark Central/South Region Championships, held May 17-18 at Melton Hill Lake. The Lady Vols will be looking to return to 2006 form, when they earned their first South Region title. The final event of the regular-season will feature the top teams from both the Central and South regions, with defending champion Virginia looking to repeat its first-place sweep.
UT will look to cap its season with its third consecutive full-team appearance at the NCAA National Championships. The 2008 event will return to Lake Natoma in Sacramento, Calif., May 30-June 1.
|Spring 2008 Tennessee Women’s Rowing Schedule|
|Mar. 22||Minnesota (All)||Knoxville, Tenn. (Lake Loudon)||10 a.m.|
|Mar. 29||Louisville (All)||Knoxville, Tenn. (Lake Loudon)||10 a.m.|
|April 12||Ohio State, Michigan, Southern California (All)||Columbus, Ohio (Scioto River)||9 a.m.|
|April 19||Princeton, Yale (Varsity)||Princeton, N.J. (Lake Carnegie)||12 p.m.|
|April 19-20||S.I.R.A. Regatta (Novice)||Oak Ridge, Tenn. (Melton Hill Lake)||All Day|
|May 17-18||Aramark Central/South Region Sprints (All)||Oak Ridge, Tenn. (Melton Hill Lake)||All Day|
|May 30-June 1||NCAA Championships (Varsity)||Sacramento, Calif. (Lake Natoma)||All Day|