April 27, 2007
KNOXVILLE, Tenn. - Tenth-ranked Tennessee returns to the water this weekend for the program's toughest tri-meet test in history, as the Lady Vols line up against No. 2 Brown and No. 4 Yale on the Housatonic River in Derby, Conn., on Saturday morning.
In UT's last outings, the squad won five of nine races during its stay at the Windermere Real Estate Rowing Classic, including a sweep of then-No. 7 Stanford in Redwood City, Calif. After racing top-five teams in successive weekends (No. 3 Ohio State, No. 5 California), the Lady Vols will go up against two more of the top five on Saturday.
Brown has won four team national titles and nearly captured its fifth last season, finishing third by .261 seconds in the First Eights behind eventual winner California. The Bears have been strong all season, dropping only one race all spring, a Fours sprint during the opening weekend.
The Bulldogs have been impressive as well, capturing five cups in rivalry match-ups this spring. The biggest of those wins was in the Eisenberg Cup, where Yale won four of five races including the Varsity 8+ over Princeton, who won the 2006 NCAA Championships Varsity 8+ title. For the Bulldogs, it was the first time in 19 years that the Eisenberg Cup would stay in Derby, Conn.
The Lady Vols have only rowed against one Ivy League school in a head-to-head setting, going against Princeton last year in a quad-meet on Carnegie Lake. That day, Tennessee topped the Tigers in one event, as the Orange and White's Second Varsity 8+ brought home a half-length victory.