Patrick Pope
Staff Writer

There is a little known athletic team on campus which has grown in popularity over the past few years, yet still is unknown to many students.
Tennessee Crew, the coed rowing team at The University of Tennessee, started in 1972 and is the oldest collegiate rowing club in the Southeast and was one of UT’s first club sports.
Tennessee Crew has had many successes because it offers students an opportunity to be involved in one of the most competitive, challenging and rewarding intercollegiate sports in the United States.
During the rowing season, the team travels throughout the Southeast to compete against other SEC schools along with universities from all over the country. The fall races, called Head Races, are approximately 6,000 meters long, and the spring races, called sprints, are 2,000 meters.
A single 2,000 meter race will take a competitive crew under seven minutes to complete, and the sprint can be as physically grueling as the equivalent of playing two basketball games back-to-back.
Last semester was a successful season for the current establishment of Tennessee Crew. The men’s crew won the gold medal at the Head of the Hooch which is the second largest fall race in the nation. They beat 35 teams including the University of Georgia, Texas, Alabama and Virginia Tech.
The women’s crew also did well, capping off a great and rewarding season.
“Tennessee Crew has emerged in the rowing community within the last few years as a competitive program, and (crew) will soon be one of the best programs throughout the Southeast,” club president Kevin McHale said.
Tennessee Crew is having an interest meeting at 6:30 p.m. in T-RECS room 228 on Thursday and members encourage all interested students to come.
“Rowing is an amazing sport,” said Krysten Raymond, club treasurer and member of the women’s varsity crew. “Crew challenges you and makes you concentrate on the effort you put forth in life and make a family while staying involved.”