May 17, 2008
OAK RIDGE, Tenn. (www.ucfathletics.com) - In UCF's toughest regatta of the season, the Knights' rowing program had five boats compete on day one at the Aramark South/Central Sprints in Oak Ridge, Tenn., Saturday. The novice 8+ squad made it through to the grand final on Melton Hill Lake by claiming first in its respective heat, beating out six other schools for the top spot.
Participating as the No. 2 seed in the event, the novice 8+ used a time of 6:59.600 to get past second-place Ohio State, which came in at 7:04.710. By winning the heat, the Knights automatically qualified for Sunday's grand final, where it will go up against Notre Dame, Clemson, Virginia, Ohio State and No. 1 seed Wisconsin.
The open 4+ opened the regatta with a fourth-place finish in its preliminary heat, then earned sixth in the semifinals to get a spot in the petite final Sunday at 11:38 a.m. ET. Meanwhile, the varsity 4+ picked up a third-place performance in the morning session before grabbing fifth in the semifinal heat. It will get back in the water for the petite final at 10:35 a.m.
Also reaching the petite final on Sunday, the second varsity 8+ took third in the preliminaries and sixth in the semifinals. In the premier event of the weekend, UCF's varsity 8+ boat locked up fourth in the morning heat and second in the C/D semifinal. The V8+ now gets set to race in the C final Sunday at 10:42 a.m.
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UCF's Results on Day One of the Aramark South/Central Sprints
Preliminary Heat 3 - Fourth, 8:10.230
A/B Semifinal Heat 1 - Sixth, 8:19.420
Preliminary Heat 2 - First, 6:59.600 (First place finisher automatically moves on to grand final)
Preliminary Heat 3 - Third, 7:48.700
A/B Semifinal Heat 2 - Fifth, 7:59.020
Second Varsity 8+
Preliminary Heat 3 - Third, 6:54.830
A/B Semifinal Heat 2 - Sixth, 6:59.350
Preliminary Heat 4 - Fourth, 6:49.700
C/D Semifinal 1 - Second, 7:01.700