The Varsity 8+ competition was nearly as exciting, as the Lady Vols finished just 1.7 seconds behind the 12th-ranked Cougars. UT's squad of junior Lizzie Brown (cox.),sophomore Kaitlin Bargreen, junior Nicole Bold, freshman Lauren Wells, sophomore Chelsea Pemberton, sophomore Dana Forbes, senior Kacey Montgomery, sophomore Melissa Dicerbo and junior Jessica Shreder turned in a time of 6:58.3. WSU's winning time was 6:56.6, while third-place Clemson finished in 7:09.6.
Tennessee defeated three Clemson shells en route to claiming victory in the varsity 4+ event. The Lady Vol quintet of sophomore Jovanna Vick (cox.), sophomore Hilary Gilmore, junior Mary Beth Lewis, junior Mary Gruzalski and senior Sally BeVille recorded a time of 8:00.8 to finish nearly 10 seconds ahead of the nearest Tiger boat.
UT's novice 8+ shell, powered by freshmen Maggie Wheeler (cox.), Holly Holmes, Beth Schwartz, Diane Samu, Ashley Anders, Hillary Graber, Katie Peterson, Amy McCormick and Ariana Fitzgerald, also looked impressive, downing Clemson by more than 15 seconds. The Lady Vols posted a time of 7:31.2 compared to the Tigers 7:47.5.