Sept. 22, 2011
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With fall practices already underway, the Tennessee rowing team announced the fall portion of its schedule Thursday. The Lady Vols face some distinct challenges during 2011, but are also met with some unique opportunities.
UT opens its fall slate close to home with the Chattanooga Head Race. Held Oct. 8, the event offers the Lady Vols a first chance to "get their feet wet."
"This race is a valuable opportunity to gain experience--from our veterans to our newest varsity members," head coach Lisa Glenn said. "It's a chance to put our pre-race and race protocol into motion away from home. It's a work-out-the-kinks opportunity from a land and water standpoint."
After working out any kinks, UT faces a fierce field of competitors at the Head of the Charles Regatta Oct. 22-23 in Boston, Mass. The event is one of the nation's most revered regattas and is the world's largest annual two-day rowing event. More than 600 universities and rowing clubs are expected to participate in 2011, representing more than 60 countries.
"We want to be as prepared for the Head of the Charles as possible," Glenn said. "We're all excited to take two 8s there, and there is no time to waste in getting ready for Boston."
Tennessee then returns to Rocky Top for the Secret City Head Race in nearby Oak Ridge on Oct. 29.
The Lady Vols wrap up their fall schedule back in Chattanooga with another tough race at the Head of the Hooch Regatta on Nov. 5. The event is the largest head race in the Southeast and rivals the Head of the Charles as one of the nation's top regattas.
"The competition level is high at the Hooch and it's getting to be as competitive as anywhere in the country," Glenn said. "At that point in the season, we'll know a lot about where we stand. We'll know much more about who we are after this fall season."
What Glenn is looking for during the Lady Vols' fall 2011 campaign is a statement.
"What we're doing this time of year is putting in the training required for better production in the spring," Glenn said. "The fall season is an opportunity to define why we are here, and show decisively what kind of competitor we intend to be out on the course."