May 18, 2013
OAK RIDGE, Tenn. - The Lady Vols' completed their 2013 spring racing schedule with a second place finish at the Conference USA Rowing Championships on Melton Hill Lake on Saturday.
Amidst the rain and the fog on the Melton Hill Lake, Saturday morning, the Lady Vols showed their opponents they were a force to be reckoned with during the championship.
The Lady Vols took to the water for their first race of the morning in heat 2 of the varsity 8 against Texas, Kansas State, University of Central Florida, Alabama, and SMU. The boat coxed by senior Ashley Fichthorn secured a place in the grand finale by placing first in their heat. The Big Orange shell including Evelyn Radford, Anita McLure, Andrea Keesecker, Rachel White, Arin Anderson, Liz Dickson, Erika Johnson and Katie King crossed the finish line with a time of 6 minutes and 42.06 seconds.
Tennessee's second varsity eight took the first place slot within their heat during preliminary racing with a time of 6 minutes and 51.30 seconds. The boat coxed by Rachel Clagett and including Liza Rader, Whitney Wolfe, Kayla Lucier, Katherine Changes, Victoria Bartell, Jennifer Bailey, Sarah McAuliffe and Taylor Athan secured a place in the 2V8+ varsity grand final.
The Lady Vols' continued to have success during the morning session with the varsity 4 also taking the first place slot, coxed by Jessie Richardson, and crossed the finish line in 7 minutes and 35.70 seconds. Placing first in their heat, the varsity four including Allison Toth, Kaitlan Aries, Rachel Whitaker and Maddie Bishop would be racing in the grand final.
Coxed by Harper Lucas, Tennessee's open 4 placed second to Oklahoma in heat 2 allowing them to compete in the grand final in the afternoon. The boat containing Michelle Goodwin, Sarah Cavins, Kahala Schneider and Erin Gibbemeyer completed the course in 7 minutes and 37.59 seconds.
The novice team also raced during the morning set of competition placing third and fourth with times of 7:15.09 and 7:25.03, respectively.
"This morning I was very pleased with the races that our boats put together and the improvement we have shown. I am so proud of our team for the steps that they have taken this season and what they put together this season. I thought what they put together this morning was great" said head coach Lisa Glenn.
The afternoon of racing provided the spectators with great competition between all the teams.
During the grand finals, the open four finished second to Oklahoma with a time of 7 minutes and 39.73 seconds.
The varsity four which was the first race to count towards the final Conference USA standings, the Lady Vols fell to Oklahoma by a little over a second separating first and second place. The Lady Vols' finished second with a time of 7 minutes and 40.99 seconds. In the second grand final of the championships, the second varsity eight secured the second place slot with a time 6 minutes and 50.18 seconds.
Going into the varsity eight, Tennessee was in second place in the overall C-USA standings with Oklahoma in first. In order to win the C-USA Championship, the Lady Vols' were going to have win the varsity eight. The race was a fight and provided an exciting race for the spectators and fans. The Lady Vols' placed third in the final race of the championships with a time of 6 minutes and 37.88 seconds, falling to Texas, who placed first with a time of 6:34.00 and Oklahoma, with a time of 6:36.47.
Head Coach Lisa Glenn elaborated on the race, "This afternoon, the fight that they had in the last 500, was something that we needed to see, we saw. I knew it was going to come down to the V8+, whether we won the V4+ and the 2V8+, or got second in the V4+ and the 2V8+, if we were third that would have been a different story.
"So coming into the varsity eight, we knew we were in second, I knew that it was going to come down to Oklahoma and us. I was really proud of the fight that the V8 put on, moving about five seats in the last 300 meters. It was one of those races where you wish you had another 150 meters. But it is what it is. All the credit goes to Oklahoma, they really put together a great afternoon on their team. And here comes Texas in the V8 to spice it up. It made for some very exciting races."
The novice 8 race was moved to the final race of the day and Tennessee's novices raced two boats, placing fifth with a time of 7 minutes and 14.88 seconds and seventh with a time of 7 minutes and 32.36 seconds.
During the awards ceremony, Tennessee had three rowers land on the 2013 All-Conference USA Team, senior coxswain from Madison, Conn., Ashley Fichthorn, senior and Victoria, British Columbia native, Erika Johnson and Maryville native and junior rower, Liza Rader.
V8 - Ashley Fichthorn, Evelyn Radford, Anita McLure, Andrea Keesecker, Rachel White, Arin Anderson, Liz Dickson, Erika Johnson, and Katie King
2V8+ - Rachel Clagett, Liza Rader, Whitney Wolfe, Kayla Lucier, Katherine Changes, Victoria Bartell, Jennifer Bailey, Sarah McAuliffe, Taylor Athan
V4 - Jessie Richardson, Allison Toth, Kaitlan Aries, Rachel Whitaker, and Maddie Bishop
Open 4 - Harper Lucas, Michelle Goodwin, Sarah Cavins, Kahala Schneider, and Erin Gibbemeyer
Novice 8 A - MaryNell Hayes, Morgan Suffridge, Lindsey Limerick, Alisha Weir, Taylor Phillips, McDarragh Minnock, Erin Rogers, Sydney Trentham, and Abigail Powers
Novice 8 B - Madeleine Hartle, Jamie Vice, Mitra Mosadegh, Hannah Waddell, Sarah Hagaman. Olivia Oliasani, Tabitha Davis, Emily Newman and Rachel Schwepfinger
1. Oklahoma - 63
2. Tennessee - 57
3. Texas - 56
4. Kansas - 50
5. Kansas State - 37
6. West Virginia - 36
7. Old Dominion - 27
8. UCF - 25
9. Tulsa - 21
10. Alabama - 14
11. SMU - 10
Gold: Texas (6:34.00)
Silver: Oklahoma (6:36.47)
Bronze: Tennessee (6:37.88)
Second Varsity 8+
Gold: Oklahoma (6:45.81)
Silver: Tennessee (6:50.18)
Bronze: Kansas (6:55.29)
Gold: Oklahoma (7:39.40)
Silver: Tennessee (7:40.99))
Bronze: Kansas State (7:44.47)
Gold: Texas (6:57.12)
Silver: Oklahoma (6:58.48)
Bronze: Kansas (7:04.38)
Gold: Oklahoma (7:33.30)
Silver: Tennessee (7:39.73)
Bronze: Kansas `A' (7:40.84)
2013 C-USA Coach of the Year
Leeanne Crain, Oklahoma
2013 C-USA Rowing Athlete of the Year
Nikki Furmanek, Oklahoma
2013 C-USA Newcomer of the Year
Taylor Gillespie, Oklahoma
2013 Rowing All-Conference USA Team
Nicole Furmanek, Oklahoma
Meghan Farrell, Oklahoma
Rebecca Staff, Oklahoma
Ashley LaFollette, Oklahoma
Erika Johnson, Tennessee
Ashley Fichthorn, Tennessee
Liza Rader, Tennessee
Rachel Donnelly, Texas
Chelsea Burns, Texas
Olivia Kinet, Kansas
Allison Dorau, Kansas State
Courtney Schrand, West Virginia
Maeghan Pardy, Old Dominion
Camille Everett, UCF
Allyson Brooks, Tulsa
Tabitha Coleman, Alabama
Emily Carstens, SMU