By: Lindsey Williford, Media Relations Graduate Assistant
KNOXVILLE, Tenn. - For the 10th consecutive year, the University of Tennessee women's rowing squad will open its spring schedule on the waters of Lake Loudoun on the Tennessee River. The Lady Vols host the Minnesota Golden Gophers on Saturday at 9 a.m.
"The Next Episode" of UT rowing features 18 returning letterwinners from 2009 and 11 new varsity members, five of which are freshmen. This year's team also has 17 novices, one of the largest groups Head Coach Lisa Glenn has coached in her 12-year tenure. Headlining the group are seniors Laura Miller, Jewell Ludwigsen, Sydney Newman, Mary Beth Dreusike, Katie Ross and Kate Snider. Junior Libi Bruncvikova' is also expected to make an impact. The 2008 All-South Region selection garnered ESPN The Magazine Academic All-District IV honors following last season.
The Orange and White are coming off a fall slate that saw them collect 12 total medals, including four gold, three silver and five bronze medals. Tennessee's successful fall finishes were noted in the USRowing/Collegiate Rowing Coaches Association (CRCA) preseason poll, released this afternoon. The varsity eight shell is tied for 19th in the nation with upcoming opponents Louisville and Minnesota.
The Golden Gophers will be competing in their third straight dual meet with UT to open the season. Last year saw Minnesota edge the Big Orange's top eight, 2V8+, and varsity four shells. The squad also took seventh in the central region of the Aramark South/Central Sprints. Head Coach Wendy Davis is in her 10th year at the helm for the Golden Gophers.
Fans are encouraged to visit the Lady Vol Boathouse to watch Tennessee go head-to-head with Minnesota on Saturday, March 20, at 9 a.m.