Tennessee to join Big 12 ... in rowing

The Lady Vols clinched the 2012 Conference USA Rowing Championship, their second in three years.

Photo by Wade Rackley, UTAD photo

The Lady Vols clinched the 2012 Conference USA Rowing Championship, their second in three years.

The University of Tennessee announced Friday that the rowing team will be part of the Big 12 starting in 2015.

UT, Alabama and Old Dominion will join Big 12 members Kansas, K-State, Oklahoma, Texas and West Virginia with the conference championship conducted on Melton Hill Lake in Oak Ridge next year.

Previously, all eight teams have competed in the Conference USA championships for an automatic bid to the NCAA championships. Kansas, Kansas State, Oklahoma, Texas and West Virginia would compete in a separate five-team Big 12 championship the week prior, though an automatic NCAA bid to the winner was not granted since it did not meet the six-team minimum.

The Conference USA championships will take place May 17 in Oak Ridge for an NCAA automatic qualifying spot.

The Lady Vols joined Conference USA in 2010 as an affiliate member and since have won two conference championships.

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