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
"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."