UCF Rowing Scrimmages Top Squads Tennessee and Michigan

Feb. 17, 2014

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By Andrew Jennette

ORLANDO, Fla. (UCFKnights.com) - After a four-month layoff, the UCF Rowing team competed in its first home scrimmage of the spring season. The Knights put varsity four and varsity eight boats in the water against top squads from Tennessee and Michigan.

On Saturday morning the Knights raced against Tennessee and put together a total of five four-minutes pieces capped at a 22 rating UCF pitted three varsity four boats against four varsity four boats of the Volunteers and three varsity eight boats against two Tennessee novice eights. 

“The hard, competitive work we have been putting in over the past few months is showing as we are deeper than we have been,” head coach Becky Cramer said. “We are young and working hard at closing the gap on two top end teams.”

Saturday afternoon was again a joint practice between UCF and Tennessee. The two teams rowed ten 15 stroke pieces at various ratings. On Sunday morning, the Black and Gold raced a total of five 1500 meter pieces at ratings 26 and 28 with both Michigan and Tennessee. 

“Racing seven across in February taught us a lot about what we are doing well and where we can find more speed,” Cramer said. “It was a great check point in the middle of our winter training and we are excited to keep working hard and preparing for racing season.”

UCF kicks off its official spring season with the annual Metro Cup. The event takes place on March 1 in Winter Park.