Dec. 14, 2009
By: Lindsey Williford, Media Relations Graduate Assistant
KNOXVILLE, Tenn.- University of Tennessee rowing head coach Lisa Glenn has signed four student-athletes as part of its 2010 signing class. The Lady Volunteers will welcome Rachel White, Jessica Burns, Katherine Changes and Michelle Goodwin to UT next fall.
Rachel White, a Knoxville native, is currently homeschooled but rows with the Chattanooga Junior Rowing program. She joined the program as a sophomore and has stroked for the women's four boats that reached the 2008 and 2009 nationals in Cincinnati.
As a novice, White helped her squad to a silver medal showing in the 2007 Southeast Regionals, notching the same finish in the 2008. In 2009, White was part of the gold medal winning crew in regional competition.
Jessica Burns is a senior at Xavier College Preparatory in Phoenix, Ariz., where she is a member of the National Honor Society. An avid rower, Burns trains with Tempe Junior Crew, competing mainly in the pairs and fours events.
In 2008, she made up half of the women's junior varsity 2x boat, that took silver at the Brentwood International Regatta in British Columbia, Canada. Burns took silver at the same invitational the following year, this time in the women's junior 2x division. She also captured back-to-back gold medals at the 2008 and 2009 Independence Day Regattas in the women's junior pairs and women's junior 4x, respectively. At the 2009 C.R.A.S.H-B Sprints World Indoor Rowing Championships, Burns placed 17th in a field of 218 entrees. As a member of the TJC, Burns helped herself to a 17th place finish in 218-juinor woman field at the 2009 C.R.A.S.H-B Sprints World Indoor Rowing Championships. She helped stroke her boats to gold medals at the 2008 and 2009 editions of the USRowing Club Nationals, held just west of Knoxville, in Oak Ridge, Tenn.
Hailing from Woodbridge, Va., and set to graduate in the spring, Katherine Changes is a senior at Woodbridge Senior High School. A scholar athlete, Changes is a four-year rower for the Woodbridge Vikings. During her freshman year, she helped stroked the varsity quads to a silver medal finish at the state championships, a fourth-place finish at nationals and a bronze at the Stotesbury Cup Regatta. Changes was named Rower of the Year by the Potomac News and Messenger in 2008. Also during her junior season, she was a member of the state championship crew, and the bronze and silver medal-winning crews at the Stotesbury Regatta and National Championships, respectively. Former teammates of Changes, include current Lady Vol rowers Paula Coughlin and Danielle Woods.
Joining the trio is Michelle Goodwin from Ventnor, N.J. A three-year member of the crew team, she most recently snagged gold with the Varsity 8+ shell at the Atlantic County Championships. Goodwin was also part of the 3rd-place boat at the 2009 Scholastic Rowing Association Nationals. She finished fifth with the V8 boat at the most recent Stotesbury Regatta. During the 2007-08 season, Goodwin and the 2V8 shell took third Philadelphia City Regatta.
"All four rowers bring a wealth of experience and will make an instant impact to our team," stated Glenn. "I look forward to their arrival in the fall."