“It’s always great to come out to Oak Ridge and Melton Hill Lake to race,” head coach Lisa Glenn said. “It’s a great course and the weather was beautiful. It was the start of our year and fall season, and we were thrilled to be out here. It’s always exciting when you get things rolling in an official capacity. We have an exciting team with a lot of power and strength. There’s still more to do with our technical work, but it’s coming along. We are excited for the next two weeks as we prepare for Boston.
“Our athletes were honored and excited to represent Tennessee this weekend. For some of our team, it was their very first rowing event ever. They handled it very well. There is no question that we have work to do, but the foundation is there with the competitiveness and fitness that we have. It’s all about putting the pieces together and making it all work more smoothly. As far as the attack and leaving it all on the water, we did a great job of that.”
The Lady Vols were led by the 1V8 boat, which posted the top times in the women’s open eight group on both days. The lineup of Elizabeth Walley, Emma Seawright, Kate Schildmeyer, Natalia Loram, Katie Rice, Logan Yates, Reagan Long, Sydney Pardy and Cait Whittard took first out of six boats during Saturday’s race, crossing the finish line in 16:53.5. On Sunday, the group recorded a time of 17:25.4 to earn the win.
In the same group, Tennessee’s 2V8 boat of Abigail Bacci, Casey Chronister, Alyssa Biernat, Gabriela Natale, Sheya Lavin, Erin Gifford, Riley Ferdelman, Paige Reymann and Haley Savastano finished third in Saturday’s race, posting a 17:13.0 mark.
In the women’s open four, UT’s 1V4 boat recorded a 19:15.8 time to take fourth out of 11 boats. The 3V4 posted a mark of 19:20.9, while the 2V4 crossed the finish line in 19:35.1.
During the women’s novice eight competition, it was the Lady Vol B crew that notched the top time by a Tennessee boat (20:06.7), finishing second overall in the event.
Up next, Tennessee will compete in the world-renowned Head of the Charles Regatta in Cambridge, Massachusetts, on October 22-23.
Women’s Open Eight
1V8: Elizabeth Walley, Emma Seawright, Kate Schildmeyer, Natalia Loram, Katie Rice, Logan Yates, Reagan Long, Sydney Pardy, Cait Whittard
2V8: Abigail Bacci, Casey Chronister, Alyssa Biernat, Gabriela Natale, Sheya Lavin, Erin Gifford, Riley Ferdelman, Paige Reymann, Haley Savastano
Women’s Open Four
1V4: Ella Hill, Beatrice Bernard, Kayla Anderson, Autumn Pavuk, Hannah Smith
2V4: Lauren Reboul, Grace Wolfenbarger, Maya Birdling, Kiana Worobey, Megan Czarnecki
3V4: Laila Irigoyen, Alex Pidgeon, Evelyn Hedrick, Sarah Powell, Morgan Marshall
Women’s Novice Eight
A: Fluster, Niebler, Rickman, Dunda, S. Garner, Benjamin, Kent, M. Garner, Beller
B: Johnson, Hricko, Rempson, Ficalora, Sangiuliano, Head, Henkle, Bernesky, Faccio
C: Sullivan, Moon, Coyne, Swanson, McInnis, Glasgow, Bacallao, Vorster, Cotton
D: Callahan, Shurden, Vernon, Ulreich, Lofton, Hammond, Von Ende, Hudgins, Mullins
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