Home sweet home.
Competing in Knoxville for the first time this season, the UT rowing team won all four races in which it entered at Saturday's Head of the Tennessee.
Tennessee's Championship 8+ "A" shell, with Lizzie Brown as the coxswain, took home a win after finishing the three-mile course in 16:46.86. It was the second victory of the fall season for the group.
Coming off a second-place showing in the Club 8+ at the Head of the Charles last Saturday, the Tennessee "B" boat (coxswain Erin Artz) moved up to the Championship division this weekend and finished in the runner-up slot once again, clocking in at 17:15.93. Taking third place at 17:53.66 was the Molly Oellerich-led Tennessee shell.
The Lady Vols also swept the top four spots in the Championship 4+ competition. The victorious boat was that of Artz (cox.), Nicole Bold, Kaitlin Bargreen, Beth Schwartz and Lauren Wells finished with a winning time of 17:16.73.
Tennessee also took the first three spots in the Open 2- event and took gold in Novice 8+ action.
Swimmers sweep on the Bluegrass
The UT swimming and diving teams opened the season Friday with a pair of convincing victories at Kentucky.
The Lady Vols claimed 10 of 13 event titles and beat the 'Cats, 139-85.
Individually, the Lady Vols were led by sophomore Abbi Terveer and freshman Megan Tomes, who each captured a pair of event titles en route to 36 total points. Also getting into the win column were freshmen Misty Cain (100 freestyle) and Tiffany Clay (200 IM), as well as sophomores Jacque Fessel (200 breastroke) and Betsy Brockman (200 butterfly).
"Tiffany Clay stood out," coach Dan Colella said. "Her effort in the 200y breaststroke was a lifetime best and a highlight of her swims tonight."
The UT divers also enjoyed a successful evening, turning in 19 of Tennessee's team points. Junior Lauryn McCalley led the way with a provisional qualifying score of 297.23 while capturing the one-meter springboard title.
Meanwhile, the men took nine of the 13 events from the 'Cats and swept five of them.
"We expected some tough swims," coach John Trembley said. "This early it is hard to come out sharp. We had some good swims, but it was an ugly win."
Jevon Tarantino and Raymond Rosal led the way for the Vols, who improved to 36-3 all-time against UK. Tarantino won both the one-meter (293.10) and three-meter (314.25) springboard events, while Rosal took home top honors in the 50 freestyle with a time of 20.74.
Other Vol winners included Brad Boswell (1000 free), Casey Dauw (200 IM), Tyler Gustafson (100 free) and Jason Thomas (500 free).