May 26, 2007
OAK RIDGE, Tenn. - A third-place finish for the Lady Vols' Second Eight proved to be the top showing from the Tennessee contingent on the second day of the 2007 NCAA Rowing Championships, held on Melton Hill Lake.
The crew of freshman coxswain Katie Ross (Saratoga Springs, N.Y.), freshman Mary Beth Dreusike (Huntington Station, N.Y.), sophomore Kate Brownlee (North Gower, Ontario), junior Leah Smelser (Macon, Ga.), sophomore Caroline Howell (Davenport, Iowa), freshmen Laura Miller (Columbus, Miss.) and Kate Snider (Ramona, Calif.) and juniors Kendra Warren (Franklin, Tenn.) and Genevieve Collins (Dallas, Texas) had a steady row, staying in the 1:42 range for each of the last 500 meters. That helped the group overtake Southern California, whose 1:46.50 time over the third 500-meter stretch proved to be its downfall. The Lady Vols came in one-and-one-half lengths in back of heat winners Washington, who overtook Minnesota over the last 500m to take the win.
In the First Eights semifinals, the 10th-ranked Rocky Top group ranked fifth, coming in 6.28 seconds behind winners Southern California. The Orange and White shell, manned by senior coxswain Stephanie Davis (Martin, Tenn.), sophomore Erin-Monique Shelton (Upper Hutt, New Zealand), juniors Renee Brittle (Dublin, Va.) and Krista Gearing (Fenwick, Ontario), senior Rachel Mayberry (Woodbridge, Va.), juniors Jessica Ayers (Alpharetta, Ga.) and Nina Dobratz (Portland, Ore.), senior Sarah Hutcheson (Orlando, Fla.) and junior Mary Jones (Huntsville, Ala.) topped No. 7 Stanford by nearly two lengths. The Trojans won the semifinal, crossing the line two seats ahead of Ohio State. Virginia held the same two-seat advantage over Notre Dame to move into the grand final.
The Fours group of freshman Roshauna Singh (Vienna, Va.), senior Kristen Galloway (Knoxville, Tenn.), freshman Erin Gray (Wuerzburg, Germany), senior Heather Hill (Knoxville, Tenn.) and junior Marisa Mohan (San Diego, Calif.) finished fifth in its repechage, coming in two lengths in back of Harvard. California won the rep, while Princeton ranked second to take the final spot in Sunday's grand final. Tennessee will be joined by Southern California and Harvard in the petite final.
Virginia and Brown put themselves in position to capture the national title, with both teams advancing all three crews to Sunday's grand finals. Ohio State lurks as well, with both of the squad's eights making grand finals.
Sunday's events start at 9:30 a.m. with the Division II Fours grand final and concludes with the awards ceremony at 12:45 p.m. Admission is $15 for adults and $5 for children and students at the gate.
2007 NCAA Rowing Championships
Tennessee's Schedule on Sunday
10:15 a.m. Fours Petite Final
10:45 a.m. Second Eights Petite Final
11:30 a.m. First Eights Petite Final