The Tennessee women's rowing team competed in Oak Ridge, on Saturday,
April 15, at the 2000 Southern Intercollegiate Rowing Association
Championships on Melton Hill Lake and put in some impressive performances
on the water.
Conditions were nearly ideal, as winds were calm and the water proved
smooth for the competitors from over 50 squads from around the
UT's freshman/novice 4+ hit the water first at 7:37 a.m. and took second
place in its heat with a time of 8:31.50. The top three shells from each
heat advanced to the semis, where the Lady Vols placed third with a
clocking of 8:40.90, earning the squad a trip to the petite final on Sunday
at 8:25 a.m.
Next up, the Tennessee freshman/novice 8+ claimed second place (7:32.50) in
its heat, and would later cross the buoys in its semifinal race in fourth
position (7:40.90). The fourth-place finish would not net the squad a
chance to run again on Sunday.
The next boat to power down Melton Hill Lake was the junior varsity 8+, and
its time of 7:28.30 was good for fourth place, again placing a Lady Vol
crew in the petite finals at 9:25 a.m. on Sunday.
In the varsity 4+, Tennessee placed third with a time of 8:18.70, and would
advance to the semis. UT's fifth-place semifinal finish (8:29.90) did not
allow the Lady Vol squad to continue to either the petite or grand
In the women's varsity 8+, UT had a strong showing in its heat, taking
second place with a clocking of 7:13.50. The semifinal would be equally
impressive, as the crew notched a time of 7:22.20.
The fourth-place finish did not grant the team entrance into the grand
final, but did grant the varsity 8+ squad confidence. On March 25,
Tennessee went head-to-head with the varsity 8+ crew from Clemson
University and trailed the Tigers at the finish by six seconds.
Today, that margin was closed dramatically, as UT finished behind Clemson's
second-place crew by a mere 1.5 seconds.
In a side note to the varsity 8+ competition, the top three finishing teams
in each semifinal advanced to the grand final. UT finished in fourth in its
semi at 7:22.20, but the third-place team in the second semifinal, Purdue,
crossed the line at 7:29.6.
Despite beating the Boilermaker's time by 7.4 seconds, teams are advanced
by overall finish, not by recorded times.
"We had good competitive races, and are competing at the level right now
which we should be," said head Tennessee rowing coach Lisa Glenn.
"But when you are placed in a fast heat, it can work against you. If the
seeding had been more accurate, both the junior varsity eight and the
varsity eight would be in the grand finals."
The junior varsity 4+ raced extremely well, led by senior coxswain Laura
Thompson, and won its heat with a time of 8:28.20. That squad would advance
to the JV 4+ finals on Saturday afternoon and take home a silver medal by
finishing in second place with an 8:41.10 clip.
Roberta Hern, Bre Sweet and Brittany Brewer provided the thrust in the
Finally, the freshman/novice "B" boat crossed the line in fourth position
(7:58.20), but did not advance to the afternoon's final.
Crew does well at Melton Hill
Published: Mon Apr 17, 2000 | Modified: Sat Aug 06, 2005 02:14 p.m.