Facing its toughest competition of the fall season, the Tennessee rowing team finished 14th in the Championship 8+ race at the prestigious Head of the Charles on Sunday in Boston.
Last season, the Lady Vol squad finished 25th in the event.
The UT shell, comprised of Lizzie Brown (cox), Kaitlin Bargreen, Nicole Bold, Dana Forbes, McKenzie Craig, Lauren Wells, Chelsea Pemberton, Melissa DiCerbo and Jessica Shreder, completed the three-mile course in 16:49.53, while the London Training Center was victorious with a 15:31.08 clocking.
Among the 26 boats Tennessee defeated were 2003 NCAA Championship participants USC, Texas and Boston University.
The finish capped off a successful weekend for the Lady Vol rowing team, as the Club 8+ squad earned silver medals with its 17:13.15 time. Members of the runner-up shell, which finished ahead of 45 competitors, include Erin Artz (cox), Amy McIntosh, Beth Schwartz, Eileen Welsh, Lindsay Jones, Andrea Bagwell, Amy McCormick, Rachel Mayberry and Sara Hutcheson.
The Lady Vol Club 8+ shell has now finished in the top two in the race for three consecutive years, as UT's 2001 and 2002 representatives each claimed gold.
UT will return to the water again this weekend, when it plays host to the Head of the Tennessee on Saturday.
Goalie and Lady Vols roll into first place
Sophomore Lady Vol goalie Vanessa Phillips-Bosshart established a Lady Vol single-season record with her seventh shutout as the 23rd-ranked Lady Vols blanked LSU, 3-0, on Sunday.
For her efforts, Phillips-Bosshart was named the SEC's Defensive Player of the Week on Monday. The Connecticut native, who is the first Lady Vol goalie to ever earn such an honor, now has a scoreless streak of over 186 minutes after consecutives shutouts of LSU and Arkansas, which UT beat last Friday.
Against the Tigers (9-5-1/2-4 SEC), junior Lyndsey Patterson netted a pair of goals as Tennessee ran its winning streak to four and improved to 11-4 overall and 5-1 in the Southeastern Conference. With the win, the Lady Volunteers moved into first place in the Eastern Division.
Tennessee will continue its road swing against East rivals Vanderbilt (6-6-2/2-4-1 SEC) and Kentucky (6-6-3/4-1-2 SEC) this weekend.