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Lady Vol Athlete of the Week: Varsity 8+ Crew



KNOXVILLE, Tenn. – The University of Tennessee women’s rowing Varsity 8+ crew earned Lady Vol Athlete of the Week honors after recording a program-best fifth-place finish in the Championship 8+ race at the prestigious Head of the Charles Regatta in Boston, Mass., last weekend. The honor is the first since 2000 for the rowing team.

The V8+ shell, comprised of sophomore coxswain Katie Ross, seniors Nina Dobratz, Krista Gearing, Mary Jones, Jessica Ayers and Renee Brittle, juniors Kate Brownlee and Erin-Monique Shelton and freshman Libuše Bruncvíkova’, came in ahead of 34 other boats and was the third-highest collegiate finisher. The University of Michigan and 2007 NCAA First Eights National Champion Yale University were the only collegiate squads to finish ahead of UT.

The Orange and White completed the three-mile course in 16:26.99, just five seconds behind the third place Michigan shell. The U.S. Rowing Princeton Training Center team took gold in 15:26.572 followed by the London Training Center team. Tennessee finished ahead of defending national champion Brown University and the University of Minnesota, which finished sixth at the 2007 NCAA Championships.

Tennessee’s fifth place finish marks the third season of improving results at the Head of the Charles. In 2005, UT finished 12th in the race, while last season the Orange and White shell took seventh. The fifth-place result, combined with Tennessee’s gold in the Club 8+ race, was the Lady Vols’ best performance in program history at the Head of the Charles Regatta.

The Lady Vols take a week off before returning to action on Nov. 3 at the Head of the Chattahoochee Regatta in Chattanooga, Tenn.


 

 

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