The Tennessee rowing team went head-to-head with Kansas and Kansas State in

Iowa City, Iowa, on a calm Saturday on Lake MacBride's 2200-meter

course.

First off, UT took on crews from Kansas State and notched a victory in the

varsity 8+ with a time of 7:21.10. In an extremely close race from start to

finish, Kansas State pulled in second with a clocking of 7:22.00. Shannon

McMahon called the orders and Ginny Bradley, Michelle Moore, Megan

Reinhart, Kacey Montgomery, Lauren Kueck, Kim Walsh and Tammy Horton

provided the push in the winning effort.

In the novice , Kansas State would claim the win, crossing the buoys first

(7:40.50) in front of Tennessee (7:57.00). The second varsity 8+ was a much

closer race but netted the same final result. Kansas State edged Tennessee

by just over three seconds, with times of 7:33.00 and 7:36.20,

respectively.

Next up, UT would line up versus the No. 23-ranked Kansas Jayhawks

following a short break for lunch. The first race, the varsity 4+, saw

Kansas cross the line first at 8:09.80 and Tennessee in second at 8:41.00.

In the novice 8+, the Lady Vols took third (7:58.40) with the Kansas A and

B boats taking first and second with times of 7:39.20 and 7:48.10.

The varsity crew took to the water, first in the second varsity 8+. Kansas

again crossed first and second to Tennessee's third. The Kansas A boat

finished with a time of 7:25.90, the B with a clocking of 7:34.70 and the

UT shell finished in 7:42.20.

The final race with Kansas was the varsity 8+, matching Tennessee against a

crew ranked in the nation's top 25. Kansas would eventually earn the

victory, but Tennessee kept it close throughout. When all was said and

done, Kansas finished with a time of 7:06.30 to Tennessee's 7:18.00.

In an interesting turn of events, Tennessee was able to race Iowa in the

second varsity 4+, a team that it was not scheduled to compete against, due

to KSU's inability to field a competing boat. Iowa finished first

(8:25.10), Tennessee second (8:36.10) and Kansas B third (8:52.10).

Following the day's activities, Tennessee rowing head coach Lisa Glenn

said, "This marks the end of the first half of the spring season. The last

three weeks have been about hard work to find better boat speed.

"The varsity has made good improvements in consistency and intensity, and

we look for more development and skill to enhance our competitiveness. The

athletes are pleased with the improvements they've already made and are

looking forward to making greater strides."

Next on the schedule for the Lady Vols is the Southern Intercollegiate

Rowing Association Championships on April 15-16 in Oak Ridge.