The Orange and White shell posted its first win over a higher-ranked opponent this season, topping the Tigers’ previously undefeated V8+ crew. Tennessee held on in a tight finish, edging Princeton by just one-tenth of a second. The Lady Vols also gave the Bulldogs a scare, finishing only two seconds off of their pace.
The No. 5 ranking is the highest UT has earned in its 12-year history. The Big Orange opened the season in the No. 7 spot after finishing ninth at the 2007 NCAA Championships and closing out the 2006-07 campaign with the No. 10 ranking. The last time the Lady Vols were ranked higher than seventh was a No. 6 rating on May 18, 2005.
Tennessee is currently in the midst of a month-long break from competitive action before Aramark Sprints/South and Central Regionals. The Orange and White will play host to the event, held at Melton Hill Lake in Oak Ridge, Tenn., for the 11th consecutive year. Teams from the NCAA’s Central and South Regions will compete for their respective titles as well as for the Aramark Cup on May 17 and 18.
USRowing/CRCA Division I Varsity Eight Coaches Poll
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