By Donnie Conley, Media Relations Student Assistant
KNOXVILLE, Tenn. - The NCAA announced the field for the 2010 NCAA Rowing Championships, and with it came good news for the Lady Vols.
Tennessee earned an at-large bid to compete in the event, held from May 28-30 at the Sacramento State Aquatic Center in Gold River, Calif. Washington State University will serve as the host for this year's championships.
This comes on the heels of UT winning the inaugural Conference USA rowing championship last Sunday at the 2010 Aramark Sprints in Oak Ridge, Tenn. The Big Orange made the Grand Finals in both the V8+ and the 2V8+ and finished seventh overall at the event.
The Lady Vols finished ahead of (in order) UCF, Texas, Oklahoma, Alabama, Tulsa, Kansas, SMU and Kansas State to capture the C-USA crown.
Head coach Lisa Glenn believes that the experience in California will be invaluable for her team.
"We are thrilled to have the opportunity to compete at NCAAs," Glenn said. "We know that we have much work to do to be ready for the speed we'll encounter in California.
"I'm pleased to have a couple of more weeks to develop, and believe we can move forward from here."
The Orange and White will compete in the V8+, 2V8+ and V4+ at NCAAs. Tennessee will see plenty of familiar faces in Gold River, including six other schools which competed at the 2010 Aramark Sprints. Tennessee has also rowed against Princeton, California, Stanford and Washington State this year.
This marks the first full team appearance for the Lady Vols since 2008, when UT posted an 11th-place finish.
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