Tennessee will compete in the event it hosts, as for the second consecutive year, the Lady Volunteer rowing program earned a full-team bid to the 2007 NCAA Rowing Championships, the championship committee released today. The regatta will take place from May 25-27 at Melton Hill Lake in Oak Ridge, Tenn.
Tennessee finished third at last weekend's Aramark Central/South Sprints, the squad's highest finish in the event's 11-year history. The Orange and White qualified for every varsity grand final last weekend, another first for the Lady Vols.
UT's Varsity 8+ finished the spring season with a 22-8 mark after a fourth-place showing in the grand final of the Aramarks last weekend. The crew, currently ranked No. 17 in the country, has defeated some of the top shells in the country, downing No. 7 Stanford, No. 14 Washington State, No. 3 Notre Dame, No. 6 Michigan, No. 13 Michigan State and No. 7 Minnesota once each and No. 19 Louisville and No. 11 UCF twice.
The Lady Vols' Second Varsity 8+ holds a 21-7 mark on the spring, finishing fifth in the Aramark Sprints last weekend. The crew was victorious in big races over Ohio State, Michigan, Stanford and Washington State in the sprint season.
The Varsity 4+, who also pulled in a fifth-place result in Oak Ridge last weekend, stands at 18-8 this spring, taking wins over Stanford, Yale and Ohio State.
Tennessee will be joined in the field by Brown, California, Harvard, Minnesota, Notre Dame, Ohio State, Princeton, Southern California, Virginia, Washington and Yale. The four programs that received at-large First Eights bids are Dartmouth, Stanford, UCF and UCLA. Brown, Princeton and Washington continue their streak of competing in every NCAA Rowing Championship.
The 2007 NCAA Rowing Championships begin on Friday, May 25 with the Division I First Eights heats at 8 a.m. A three-day pass to the event costs $25 for general admission or $10 for children or students, while daily tickets are priced at $15 a person or $5 for students and children. Tickets may be purchased online at utsports.com until May 24.