The University of Tennessee rowing team completed competition at the Head

of the Tennessee regatta in Knoxville on Saturday. The crew earned gold and

bronze medals on the day. The other half of the Lady Vol team finished well

(16th place) in the Club 8+ race at the Head of the Charles regatta in

Boston, Massachusetts.

UT sent two shells to Beantown. The Lady Vol crew, coaxed by Shannon

McMahon, finished in 16th position with with a time of 19:27.72, and was

propelled by Ginny Bradley, Kristen Logan, Joyce Kranzke, Kim Walsh, Dawn

Ware, Nicole Small, Kelly Kraiss, and Alexis Lombard. The 16th-place finish

was eight places higher than 1998's 24th-place finish in the Club 8+.

The Orange and White faired extremely well in the events in which it

entered at the Head of the Tennessee, claiming gold in the Collegiate Pair

(2-) and bronze in the Varsity 8+. Sara Neill and Marissa Weaver rowed the

2- to victory, clocking a time of 23:18.13.

The Varsity 8+ "C" boat crossed the buoys in third place (18:10.00), and

was led by coxswain Tina Mazzolini. Kelly Hohenbrink, Ashley Evans, Shelley

Stanton, Lindy Herzog, Roberta Hern, Brittany Brewer, Brittany Farmer and

Sally BeVille provided the thrust in the bronze-winning effort.

The Lady Vols also entered two boats in the Collegiate Novice 8+

competition on Lake Loudoun, taking 10th place (22:34.63) and 14th place

(24:19.20), despite utilizing only six of the eight rowers at any one time

on the three-mile course. The Novice shells used only six athletes at a

time due to the fact that the Novice members of the team (first-year rowers

with no prior experience) have only practiced with up to six of the eight

members of each boat rowing at any one time to this point in the

season.

Following the Tennessee Championships on October 24, Tennessee will prepare

for the Head of the Chattahoochee and the Chattahoochee Chase on Nov. 6 and

7.

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