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Pine-Richland grad Altman powers Tennessee rowing team

November 26, 2018

Pine-Richland graduate Abbi Altman electrifies the Tennessee rowing team.

“When she is on, the team is on,” Volunteer coach Lisa Glenn said.

One of those occasions came recently in the Head of the Charles Regatta in Cambridge, Mass., the world’s largest two-day rowing event.

Altman, a sophomore seated third, powered the Volunteers (18 minutes, 44.443 seconds) to second place in Women’s Club Fours on the three-mile course, less than a second behind Marist (18:44.285). There were 52 finishers.

It was Altman’s second medal at the regatta in three years. She earned gold as part of a Three Rivers Junior Rowing youth four in 2016.

Altman said it was cool to earn the first medal and even better to earn the second because it was at a higher level.

She said it is her favorite regatta because of the volume of competitors.

Altman, who is studying supply chain management, looks forward to making the NCAA championship.

She was encouraged the Volunteers placed third in Big 12 automatic qualifying at the conference championship last May, only one point behind second-place Oklahoma.

Altman was in the first varsity eight that finished third.

Glenn said Altman, who is 5-foot-10, brings much to the table.

“The possibilities are endless when you have that give-and-take,” Glenn said. “I’m excited to keep building with her.”

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