After narrowly losing several races to Minnesota last week, head rowing coach Lisa Glenn made it her and the team's goal to further develop their speed and technique this week at practice. It all paid off on Saturday as the Lady Volunteer rowing team swept all four races from the Louisville Cardinals at the Lady Volunteer Boathouse, which coincidentally had the ground broken for it two and half years ago. This marks the second straight year that Louisville has come to Knoxville and returned home without a victory in any of the races.
"Today was a good day for the novice crews to work on their race plan and improve," coach Lisa Glenn said. "It's good to see that they were able to enjoy a win. The varsity did what they needed to do and had a strong showing, but they know they have a lot of work to do. They had a strong race, but it wasn't their best."
Things got off to a good start in the Varsity 8+ race as the Tennessee crew of Erin Artz (coxswain), Kacey Montgomery, Kelly Kraiss, Kay Logan, Chelsea Pemberton, Lindsay Sagar, Katie Bargreen, Nicole Bold and Amy McIntosh glided home in first in a time of 6:19.9. Louisville finished in second in a time of 6:21.5 and they were followed by the Lady Vols' boat of Shannon McMahon, Davida Lopez, Sally BeVille, Ginny Bradley, Grace Harrington, Dana Forbes, Claire Newton, Mary Gruzalski and Mary Beth Lewis who finished third at a clip of 6:30.4.
First year novice coach Joe Bilyea picked up his first Tennessee dual regatta win when his crews captured the first two places in the Novice 8+ race. Jovanna Vick coxed her team of Heather Marshall, Marissa Allen, Holly McDaniel, Carol Wiegand, McKenzie Craig, Melissa DiCerbo, Katie Pelphrey and Hilary Gilmore across the finish line in first in a time of 7:14.07.