WAYNE G. BASLER BOATHOUSE

The ground-level boat bay in the Wayne G. Basler Boathouse holds 26 shells, ranging from singles to eights.

Home of Tennessee Rowing

The three-story building is the permanent home of the University of Tennessee Rowing Team. The facility, located directly across the street from Neyland Stadium on the waterfront, anchors the west end of Knoxville's Volunteer Landing waterfront development and jettisons 40-feet out over the water with balconies overlooking the Tennessee River. The structure stands beside the "Vol Navy" docks.

The ground level boat bay holds 26 boats ranging from singles to pairs to quads and fours and eights. Between rows of neatly arranged equipment, the Tennessee River can be viewed through windows spanning the entire south wall. When the team is ready to get on the water, telescoping arms extend from the boat racks, and a racing shell is removed from its holding place.

The crew carries the boat out of the bay and proceeds down a concrete ramp to the floating wooden dock. An east deck platform just outside the bay door serves as a place to wash shells after each row. Balconies on the second and third floors of the facility overlook this platform. The 160-foot floating dock has enough space to launch three eights at once.

Coaches use Still Water 25 XL low-wake launches, which are stored on a motorized lift, which keeps them out of the water when not in use.

The second level of the boathouse begins with a hallway lined with plaques honoring Tennessee rowing student-athletes for their achievements in the classroom. The hall leads to the workout room, which contains rowing machines wall-to-wall, arranged in front of a mirror that spans the entire side of the room. Windows overlooking the river provide motivation to the team as they train. The walls have large murals of previous NCAA Championship boats as well as team awards won throughout the years. Six oar blades, each signifying an exemplary erg score standard, are signed by All-Americans and other high-achieving rowers.

Arranged around the perimeter of the workout room are the coaches' offices, equipment room (complete with training and competition apparel and washers and dryers), athletic trainers' consultation room and team locker room which includes showers and restrooms.

After working out, athletes can head to the shower to prepare for the rest of the day, Many of the rowers will scurry down the stairs and head up the hill to class, while others grab a snack and head to the team room to study before classes.

The team room is used for meetings, video review, team breakfasts/dinners, and more. With tables and chairs for everyone, team meals are a common occurrence in the meeting room. For a more relaxed setting, the athletes settle into one of several oscillating rocking chairs that are arranged in front of a large flat screen television. Display cases document the team's six consecutive NCAA Rowing Championship appearances, Head of the Charles Regatta accolades, conference championship trophies and medals as well as pictures of rowers and coxswains who have helped establish a tradition of success in the program.

"Having an on-campus boathouse makes a tremendous difference for us," Head Coach Lisa Glenn said. "The facility is our home and allows us to do what needs to be done in an efficient and appropriate manner. In addition, we are fortunate to have a two-lane, 2000m course right in front of the boathouse, allowing us to host dual races right here at home."

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