Competing in a pair of dual meets, the UT rowing team claimed a win over Michigan in the Fours race during the morning session, its only victory on Griggs Reservoir on Saturday. Ohio State and Michigan both claimed two victories, as the Big Ten schools downed Tennessee and Southern California.
“We knew it would be a great racing opportunity for all boats in the program to go against three top-10 teams,” UT coach Lisa Glenn said. “We need this type of racing to get better. You can see from the morning to the afternoon how this experience helped our racing.
“I was pleased with the development we’ve seen in the Fours. The Eights’ racing was bittersweet. In the morning, we were on our heels a bit, but in the afternoon, I saw more of what I’m looking for when we go to the line. Now we’re looking forward to more great competition and doing an even better job of utilizing the experience next weekend.”
The Lady Vols opened the day strong, as the second Varsity 4+ crew finished second behind Ohio State and in front of USC with a time of 7:46.92.
The top Fours shell then took to the course and claimed a 1.13 second win over the Wolverines to open the dual meets.
But things did not stay up for Tennessee, as both the Second Eight and First Eight boats lost by four seconds to the Maize and Blue.
The afternoon session started much like the morning, as the second V4+ shell finished second to start the period. But in head-to-head showings against the Buckeyes, the Lady Vols improved but not enough to beat the Scarlet and Gray to the line in any of the major three events.