Rowing Claims Two Races at Hatter Classic Saturday

GO KNIGHTS UCF won both races it competed in Saturday in DeLand.
UCF won both races it competed in Saturday in DeLand.

Oct. 29, 2011

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By Eric DeSalvo

DeLAND, Fla. ( - Battling a strong head wind of 10-12 mph, the UCF novice rowing team didn't let the blustery conditions deter them from winning the Novice 4 and Novice 8 races at the Hatter Classic Saturday morning. Racing the 5,000M course that flows through the St. Johns River and into Lake Beresford, UCF was able to top host Stetson and in-state foes Embry Riddle and FIT.

Assistant coach Tracey Tallman's novice team produced two winners on the day in its collegiate debut.

The Knights' Novice 4 team of Stephanie Kovacs, Janice Gowen, Allie Glisch, Kayla Thieken and Jackie Puterbaugh won the event in a time of 23:56. The first-place boat topped second-place Stetson by over a minute.

Three UCF boats competed two hours later in the Novice 8 as the wind picked up make conditions a little more difficult. The Knights swept the event with all three of their boats finishing in the top three. The A boat crossed the line in 22:57, while the B and C boats clocked in a 23:28 and 24:55, respectively.

Both varsity and novice teams will end their seasons next weekend in Chattanooga, Tenn., for the Head of the Hooch.

UCF Novice 8 A Boat: 1st - 22:27
C Daniella Monteiro
8 Eden Veldkamp
7 Olivia Renfro
6 Chelsea McCaulley
5 Cristina Soromayer
4 Angelie Denizard
3 Carla Ortiz
2 Carly Tucker
1 Shannon Finner

UCF Novice 8 B Boat: 2nd - 24:28
C Rebecca Campbell
8 Gabby Ford
7 Sydney Solan
6 Brittany Pelton
5 Casey Craig
4 Madison Bradley
3 Kendall O'Connor
2 Jesse Baldwin
1 Mackenzie Theis

UCF Novice 8 C Boat: 3rd - 24:55
C Allison Serafine
8 Janice Gowen
7 Kendall Glowner
6 Valerie Cooper
5 Julie Arther
4 Rachel Foster
3 Morgan McCabe
2 Beatriz Merino
1 Kelsey McCreary

UCF Novice 4: 1st - 23:56
C Stephanie Kovacs
4 Janice Gowen
3 Allie Glisch
2 Kayla Thieken
1 Jackie Puterbaugh