The victory also marked the second time in two days that the Lady Vols have beaten No. 22 Minnesota, a team that defeated UT's Varsity 8+ by a half second on March 22 in Knoxville. The Golden Gophers placed fifth with a time of 6:51.48 in the Petite Final on Sunday. Other crews in the Petite Final at San Diego included Clemson in third (6:49.07), Wisconsin in fourth (6:51.05), Kansas State in sixth (6:55.20) and San Diego State in seventh 7:08.86.
Although Tennessee had previously competed in the San Diego Crew Classic, this trip marked the team's first appearance in the Jessop-Whittier Cup, which is the regatta's toughest division. In 2001, the Lady Vols placed second in the Cal Cup, which is a division below the Jessop-Whittier Cup.