Oct. 13, 2006
KNOXVILLE, Tenn. - For the sixth consecutive season, the University of Tennessee rowing team will open its season at the Chattanooga Head Race, being held on Saturday on the Tennessee River near the Chattanooga downtown area.
The Lady Vols are coming off their most successful campaign ever, taking home the NCAA South Region title and a 12th-place finish at the 2006 NCAA Rowing Championships. For UT head coach Lisa Glenn, 22 returning varsity rowers will join five former novice rowers and seven newcomers to help the Big Orange try to once again make it to the national stage, which for the first time will be held in the Volunteer State on May 25-27 on Melton Hill Lake in Oak Ridge.
Tennessee won gold in all three events it competed in last year, and the program has won every Championship 8+ race it has entered at this season-opening regatta. This year, the Lady Vols plan to send 15 shells into three races, including two in the Championship Eight, five in the Collegiate Four and eight in the Pairs.
The crews will navigate the approximately three-mile course down the Tennessee River, ending at Ross' Landing in the heart of downtown Chattanooga. Saturday's events will mark the first time the varsity crews from Tennessee and Alabama will face each other on the water. The Crimson Tide are in their first season as an NCAA Division I varsity program. The Big Orange will also race against crews from Clemson, Chattanooga, Georgia, Tulane, Northwestern State and Emory.
Races for the Lady Vols begin at 9 a.m. with the Collegiate 8+.