Sept. 9, 2008
KNOXVILLE, Tenn. - The University of Tennessee women's rowing team and Head Coach Lisa Glenn announced a challenging 2008-09 schedule on Tuesday. The Lady Vols will participate in five fall head races, including the prestigious Head of the Charles Regatta, before taking on the top collegiate competition in a full spring schedule that features trips to California and Boston, Mass.
"We've put together a fall schedule that will do a good job of preparing our team and introduce the novices to the sport," Glenn said. "In the spring we will face several top teams and get an opportunity to travel and face teams from other regions in preparation for the NCAA Championships."
The Tennessee varsity squad will open the fall season in usual fashion, traveling south to Chattanooga for the Chattanooga Head Race on Oct. 11. With one race under its belt, UT will then head to the world's largest regatta, the Head of the Charles in Boston, Mass., on Oct. 18 and 19. Last year, the Lady Vols posted their best finish in program history on the Charles River, taking home their third straight Club 8+ title and coming in fifth in the Championship 8+ race that featured the U.S. Rowing Princeton Training Center team.
Following the trip north, the novices will see their first competitive action at the Head of the Tennessee on Oct. 25. Both squads will compete in the race that will be held at Melton Hill Lake in Oak Ridge, Tenn.
One week later, the two squads will head back to Chattanooga for the Head of the Chattahoochee race. At the 2007 event, the Orange and White came home with the gold medal in the Championship 8+ and 2x races.
The Big Orange will cap the 2008 fall season with a trip to Charlottesville, Va., for the Rivanna Romp on Nov. 16. The event, hosted by the University of Virginia, often features some of the top teams in the South and Central Regions including Ohio State and the host Cavaliers.
"We finish the fall with the Romp in Virginia," Glenn said. "It's usually a smaller race, but the competition is good. It's a very intense event."
In December, the Lady Vols will make their annual trip to Cocoa Beach, Fla., for winter training camp and spend spring break training in Knoxville in preparation for the 2009 opener. Tennessee will christen the season with two dual races at home against Minnesota on Mar. 21, and Alabama one week later.
On April 11 the Orange and White will face an early test, traveling to Charlottesville, Va., for a tri-meet against Virginia and Clemson. Last year, the Cavaliers took the South Region title and finished second in the Varsity 8+ grand final at NCAA Championships.
Following the trip to Virginia, the two squads will split up for the weekend of April 18-19. The novices will compete at the Southern Intercollegiate Rowing Association Championship Regatta at Melton Hill Lake in Oak Ridge. The varsity rowers will head to Rancho Cordova, Calif., for the first annual Lake Natoma Invitational. The event, hosted by Cal, will feature three other NCAA Championship teams in Stanford, Wisconsin and the Golden Bears, as well as Texas, UCF, UCLA, Minnesota and Sacramento State.
"The Cal invite is a new event," Glenn said. "It will give us a chance to face some tough competition from the West Region at Lake Natoma."
The Lady Vols will make their final trip of the spring season to Boston, Mass., for the Charles River Challenge. Hosted by Harvard, the event will include some of the top teams in the South, Mid-Atlantic, New England and Central Regions.
The regular season will be capped with the 2009 Aramark South/Central Region Sprints, hosted by Tennessee at Melton Hill Lake on May 17 and 18. The event will feature teams from the South and Midwest, each of whom will compete for the South and Central regional titles as well as the overall Aramark Sprints championship. The 2008 edition of the Aramark Sprints saw Virginia take the overall and South Region crowns, while Michigan State collected the Central Region title.
After working throughout the season to gain ground against the top teams in the nation, the Orange and White will look to earn its fourth-consecutive full team selection to the NCAA Championships. The 2009 event will be held May 29-31 at a location to be determined.
|2008-09 Lady Vol Rowing Schedule|
|Oct. 11||Chattanooga Head Race (V)||Chattanooga, Tenn.||All Day|
|Oct. 18-19||Head of the Charles Regatta (V)||Boston, Mass.||All Day|
|Oct. 25||Head of the Tennessee (V/N)||Oak Ridge, Tenn.||All Day|
|Nov. 1||Head of the Chattahoochee (V/N)||Chattanooga, Tenn.||All Day|
|Nov. 16||The Rivanna Romp (V/N)||Charlottesville, Va.||9 a.m.|
|Mar. 21||Minnesota (V/N)||Knoxville, Tenn.||10 a.m.|
|Mar. 28||Alabama (V/N)||Knoxville, Tenn.||10 a.m.|
|April 11||Virginia & Clemson (V/N)||Charlottesville, Va.||9 a.m.|
|April 18||SIRA Regatta (N)||Oak Ridge, Tenn.||All Day|
|April 18-19||Lake Natoma Invitational (V)||Rancho Cordova, Calif.||9 a.m.|
|April 25-26||Charles River Challenge (V)||Boston, Mass.||9 a.m.|
|May 2||Dual Meet (V/N)||Knoxville, Tenn.||9 a.m.|
|May 17-18||Aramark Sprints (V/N)||Oak Ridge, Tenn.||9 a.m.|
|May 29-31||NCAA Championships (V)||TBA||All|