Honors roll in for rowing team

Lady Vol Head Rowing Coach Lisa Glenn has been named South Region Coach of the Year by the College Rowing Coaches Association. The award is proof of the vast strides UT's rowing program has taken this season under the fifth-year head coach.

"It is fun to receive this type of award, but it really comes as a product of the team's effort," Glenn said. "The position we're in is due to the hard work from all our student-athletes, assistant coaches and the entire staff."

Glenn has led the Lady Vols to unprecedented success this season, highlighted by UT's Varsity 8+ crew receiving an invitation to compete at the NCAA Championships for the first time since the program began in 1995-96. Under Glenn's guidance, the Orange and White captured victories this year in the Head of the Charles Club 8+ race and the Southern Intercollegiate Rowing Association Varsity 8+ for the second consecutive year. Tennessee also burst onto the national scene with its first-ever top-20 ranking in the USRowing/CRCA Varsity Eight Coaches Poll. By season's end, the Lady Vols attained a rating of 14th in the final version of the poll released on May 21.

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Five Lady Vols were honored when the Collegiate Rowing Coaches Association (CRCA) announced its regional awards. A trio of UT sophomores, Kaitlin Bargreen (Lake Stevens, Wash.), Chelsea Pemberton (Jacksonville, Fla.) and Dana Forbes (Cincinnati, Ohio), received All-South Region first or second-team recognition, while Bargreen joins junior Nicole Bold (Jackson, Miss.) and senior Kacey Montgomery (Apopka, Fla.) as CRCA National Scholar Athletes.

"I feel really pleased for Kaitlin and Chelsea to receive first-team honors for being a couple of the strongest student-athletes on our team," Glenn said. "I am also happy for Dana to have received second-team recognition, being that she had no rowing experience prior to college. These awards are a tribute to the hard work and dedication these individuals and the entire team have shown this season."

For Bargreen and Pemberton, this marks the second consecutive year that the pair has attained first-team regional status. Forbes, meanwhile, earned her first All-South Region recognition with a position on the second team. All three rowers have played a vital role in Tennessee's 14th-ranked Varsity 8+ shell, which this season is headed to the NCAA Championships for the first time since the program began in 1995-96.

The scholar-athlete award is the latest in a long line of honors that Montgomery has received during her career. The senior from Apopka, Fla., garnered first-team Verizon Academic All-America recognition and was named as the edsouth Lady Vol Scholar-Athlete of the year as a junior. Montgomery, who has now been named a CRCA National Scholar-Athlete for three years running, also has already received Verizon Academic All-District IV recognition this season. Bargreen and Bold, meanwhile, are each receiving the CRCA Scholar-Athlete status for the first time in their careers. Like Bargreen, Pemberton and Forbes, Montgomery and Bold have been important members of Tennessee's Varsity 8+ throughout the entire season.

Tennessee looks to wrap up its season on a high note at the 2003 NCAA Women's Rowing Championships from Friday through Sunday at Eagle Creek Park in Indianapolis.

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