A week of hard practices paid off for the Lady Volunteer rowing team as it defeated Duke in three of four races. UT, though, was only able to pry a victory away from the host Clemson Tigers in one of the races on Lake Hartwell.
In the first race of the day, the Novice 8+ team of Erin Artz, Sarah Long, Mary Gruzalski, Katherine Zajac, Natalie Fecher, Kathryn McKissick, Liz Humberd, Nicole Bold and Amy McIntosh finished in third in a time of 7:16.0. Duke finished in first with a time of 7:03.5 while Clemson crossed the finish line in 7:04.5.
The next race of the day was the second Novice 8+ and Tennessee had two boats entered in the event. The second Novice 8+ team of Lizzie Brown, Michelle Higdon, Keri Meslar, Rachael Gammon, Abby Tucker, Heather Hudson, MaryBeth Lewis, Claire Hennesy and Kristin Cooper finished in first in a time of 7:25.6. Behind them in second was Duke finishing in a time of 7:30.0. In third with a time of 7:40.1 was Tennessee's third Novice 8+ team of Lawrie Nicholson, Lindsey Ashton, Stacey Brown, Laci Catron, Whitney Bailey, Diana Bundy, Heather Thrash, Bethany Beil and Andrea Butt. Clemson's second Novice 8+ team finished in fourth at a clip of 7:44.2.
With the novice races done, the competition focused on the varsity squads. In the second Varsity 8+ race, Shannon McMahon, Erin Moore, Claire Newton, Joyce Kranzke, Kay Logan, Davida Lopez, Mackenzie Earle, Sally BeVille and Kelly Hotaling crossed the line in second in a time of 6:58.1, just behind Clemson which claimed first in 6:49.5. Duke took home third place honors with a time of 7:11.8.
In the last race for the Lady Vols, the Varsity 8+ team of Erika Twedt, Lauren Kueck, Kristen Logan, Ashley Smith, Kacey Montgomery, Kelly Kraiss, Grace Harrington, Ginny Bradley and Lindsay Sagar took home second-place honors crossing the finish line in 6:43.2. Clemson finished in first while Duke was third in times of 6:38.8 and 6:45.9, respectively.
We raced a lot better this week, than we did last week, head coach Lisa Glenn said. Both the novice and varsity programs are racing strong right now.
We are looking forward to training this week and getting ready for our race with Louisville next weekend.
This race marked the second of seven straight weeks of competition for the Lady Vol rowing team.
The University of Tennessee Lady Volunteer rowing team christened its new 2.5-million dollar boathouse on Saturday, March 17, but unfortunately the results weren't what they had hoped for. The Lady Vols competed against the Fighting Irish of Notre Dame and were defeated in each of the six races that were rowed on the waters of Lake Loudoun.