In her four years as a Lady Cougar athlete Macy Monday was known for her strong work ethic in both her sporting and academic endeavors. After the COVID 19 pandemic ended her athletic career as a Lady Cougar she graduated with numerous honors and enrolled at the University of Tennessee Knoxville.

While at UTK Monday has maintained her academic excellence as a Pre Med major and continues to maintain a 4.0 GPA. But it turns out her athletic career was not over. Monday tried out for the Lady Vol Rowing team. Not surprisingly she made the team.

Over the weekend she took to the water as a Junior Varsity member of the team at the Oak Ridge Cardinal Invite event. In their morning session they were competing against the Fighting Irish of Notre Dame. It was a competitive race but the Fighting Irish outpaced the Lady Vols by a mere three seconds. In their afternoons race Monday and her teammates raced the Lady Tigers of Clemson falling by ten seconds.

After her race Monday said, “If you told me 4 years ago I would be a Lady Vol I would tell you you’re crazy. I am so grateful for the opportunity to represent my home state and university on the water. My boat/team has worked so hard this semester to be able to show up and compete this weekend. It still doesn’t seem real to me but I am so excited for the next 3 years ahead of me.” Monday also humbly thanked everyone involved with making all of the scholarships she earned upon graduation possible.

The Lady Vol Rowing team is the most recently added sport at the University of Tennessee. The team began in 1995 and since then has grown to new heights. Since 2014, the team has competed in the Big 12 Conference, which took over the rowing league formerly operated by Conference USA. UT is joined in Big 12 rowing by one of its historic rivals in its all-sports league, the Southeastern Conference, in Alabama.