The 1995 Head of the Tennessee Regatta was held on Saturday and it

witnessed the first-ever home event for the Lady Vol crew team.

They did not disappoint either, taking home one gold and two silver medals

from the competition.

Tennessee's A-shell (coxed by Julie Coltrin, along with rowers Angela

Taylor, Amy Delashmit, Sarah Harper and Kristi Johnson) placed first in the

open 4+ (19:54.03)

The Lady Vols also placed second in the open 8+, finishing two seconds

behind first place Tennessee-Chattanooga (18:19.01). The lightweight 4+ was

also won by Tennessee-Chattanooga (21:07.35) with the Vols (21:24.76)

placing second. In other races, UT placed sixth in the novice 4+ and ninth

in the novice 8+.

The Moccasins finished as the overall points winner in the 33-event

tournament for the second straight year with 69 overall points. The

University of Tampa finished in second with a total of 44 points.

Tennessee head coach Susannah Iacovino said of Saturday's performance, "I

am really proud of the progress that both the varsity and novice are having

as they race. We are seeing constant and steady improvement in all our

boats and I think our performance this fall is just an indication of what

we can be in the spring."

The event, hosted by the Knoxville Rowing Association and the Knoxville

Sports Corporation, was held on the Tennessee River and contested by high

school, collegiate, club and unattached entries. Several thousand people

were on hand to witness over 1,300 participants take to the water.

"With the help of the Knoxville Rowing Association and the Knoxville Sports

Corporation, local support was overwhelming in this year's regatta. I think

this contributed to the excitement of our home crew, and that kind of

excitement leads to better performances," Iacovino said.

The President/CEO of the Knoxville Sports Corporation, Gloria Ray,

highlighted the 20th anniversary of the event.

"The Head of the Tennessee Regatta is a tremendous sporting event and a

true Knoxville tradition," Ray said. "It has a little of everything ...

great athletes, an extremely exciting atmosphere, outstanding competition

and it's held on one of the most beautiful courses in the country. This is

the regatta's 20th anniversary, but we believe the best years are still

ahead of us."

HURLEY NAMED ASSISTANT COACH: Former University of Pennsylvania

Coach Dale Hurley was named as assistant coach of the Lady Vols crew squad

last Thursday.

"I am very excited to be a part of the Lady Vol crew program and women's

athletics at the University of Tennessee," Hurley said. "The crew

definitely has some awesome possibilities and I see a lot of potential in

the women we are coaching as well."

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