Tennessee Wins 2012 C-USA Rowing Championship
May 12, 2012
OAK RIDGE, Tenn. - Tennessee earned the team title and Texas finished as runner-up in the 2012 Conference USA Women's Rowing Championship, held Saturday at Melton Hill Lake in Oak Ridge, Tenn.
Tennessee won gold in the Varsity 8 and Second Varsity 8 races, while placing second in the Varsity 4+ behind Kansas. The Longhorns took home silver in the Second Varsity 8, while finishing third in both the Varsity 8 and Varsity 4 races.
Oklahoma placed third in the team standings with a silver in the Varsity 8 and a bronze medal finish in the Second Varsity 8. UCF placed fourth overall and Tulsa finished fifth. Kansas State, Alabama, Kansas and SMU rounded out the team scoring for the championship.
Tennessee head coach Lisa Glenn was named C-USA Coach of the Year, leading the Lady Volunteers to their second C-USA title in three seasons. Tennessee also won the inaugural championship in 2010. Freshman Kayla Lucier was named the C-USA Newcomer of the Year and was a member of the Tennessee's gold-medal winning Second Varsity 8.
"There's been a lot of specific training going on at home, and to see them execute on the course -specifically what we've been training at our boat house - was really thrilling and it gave me confidence as I watched them race," Glenn said. "Obviously it (winning the championship) felt great. These kids deserve all the credit. I felt like a proud mom watching your child make a great decision."
Oklahoma senior Nikki Furmanek was named the C-USA Rowing Athlete of the Year. Furmanek was also named MVP of the 2011-12 Sooner team and has been a member of the First Varsity 8 boat for three seasons, including this year's team that won two C-USA Boat of the Week honors. She was a two-time selection to the C-USA All-Academic Team, while also earning a spot on the Commissioner's Honor Roll and winning a C-USA Academic medal.
Furmanek was joined on the all-conference squad by teammate Rebecca Staff, a three-time all-conference selection. Staff shares that honor with UCF senior Chelsey Lauzon.
Tennessee placed four members on the all-conference team from its Varsity 8 squad in senior Erika Lauderdale, junior coxswain Ashley Fichthorn, junior Erika Johnson and sophomore Rachel White. Three members of the Texas team were selected to the all-conference team in seniors Felicia Izaguirre-Werner and Karli Sheahan and freshman Jackie Gorcyca.
Kansas State senior Traci Smiley earned her second all-conference selection. Alabama senior Leigh Ann Terch, Kansas junior Olivia Kinet, SMU junior Emily Carstens and Tulsa senior Arielle Tillou round out the all-conference team.
This is the third annual C-USA Rowing Championship. Selections to the NCAA Rowing Championship will be announced on Tuesday.
2012 C-USA Coach of the Year
2012 C-USA Rowing Athlete of the Year
2012 C-USA Newcomer of the Year
2012 Rowing All-Conference USA Team
Second Varsity 8