March 3, 2003
Evidence of the Lady Vols' emergence as a highly-competitive program is shown by the team's success during the 2002 fall season, as the Orange and White collected a total of eight gold medals from four regattas. Tennessee opened the fall on a strong note by taking home four gold medals from the Chattanooga Head Race. The Big Orange won the Championship 8+, 4+, 2- and 2x races, and had boats place second in the Championship 8+, 4+, 2- and Novice 8+.
The following weekend, UT etched another landmark victory into the record books by taking home the title in the Club 8+ race at the Head of the Charles Regatta for the second consecutive year. The regatta, held annually in Boston, is one of the largest and most prestigious rowing events in the world. Making the victory even more impressive is the fact that the Head of the Charles rules prohibit any individual from competing in the Club 8+ event after having previously won the race. Therefore, UT's winning Club 8+ shell featured nine newcomers to the event: Lizzie Brown (cox.), Marissa Allen, McKenzie Craig, Dana Forbes, Chelsea Pemberton, Melissa DiCerbo, Claire Newton, Mary Gruzalski and Jessica Shreder. To compliment that performance, the Lady Vol squad of Erin Artz (cox.), Nicole Bold, Lauren Wells, Kacey Montgomery, Kaitlin Bargreen, Kay Logan, Kelly Kraiss, Sally BeVille and Amy McIntosh placed 25th out of a 49-team field in the Championship 8+ event, a race that featured crews such as the U.S. and Canadian National Teams.
While these two Lady Vol crews enjoyed success in Boston, the rest of the rowing team was at work back in Knoxville at the Head of the Tennessee. At the regatta, UT added another gold medal to its take with a victory in the Championship 4+ race.
Tennessee capped the fall season with several impressive races at the Head of the Chattahoochee Regatta. The Big Orange won two more gold medals in the Championship 4+ and Club 4+, bringing its fall total to eight. While the Lady Vols did earn two gold medals on Lake Lanier, the team's best outing of the day may have come in the Championship 8+. In that event, the UT crew of Artz (cox.), Bold, Wells, Pemberton, Forbes, Montgomery, Bargreen, BeVille and DiCerbo placed third behind two boats from the Canadian National Team, but defeated such traditional collegiate rowing powers as Duke and Clemson.
The strides the Tennessee Lady Vol Rowing Program has taken, as evidenced by its success this fall, have the team poised to emerge as a force to be reckoned with at the NCAA level.
Fall 2002 Highlights
- Earned a total of eight gold medals at four regattas during the fall
- Opened the fall season by claiming four gold medals at the Chattanooga Head Race
- Won gold in the Championship 8+, 4+, 2- and 2x events
- Claimed victory in the Club 8+ at the Head of the Charles Regatta for the second consecutive year, defeating 58 other crews in the event
- Placed 25th in the Championship 8+ at the Head of the Charles in a 47-team field
- Added another gold medal to the teams' total in the Championship 4+ at the Head of the Tennessee Regatta
- Closed the season by garnering two more gold medals at the Head of the Chattahoochee Regatta, winning the Championship 4+ and Club 4+ races
- Championship 8+ squad placed third behind two boats from the Canadian National Team, and defeated crews from such perennial rowing powers as Duke and Clemson