Dec. 18, 2013
UCF Athletics Social Media Directory
By Jenna Marina
ORLANDO, Fla. (UCFKnights.com) - The UCF rowing team signed four talented prospects to its 2014 recruiting class, head coach Becky Cramer announced Wednesday.
The Knights will welcome Catherine Harms and Linae Parkinson, both of Jacksonville's Stanton River Bank Rowing Club, in addition to two of Croatia's most successful junior rowers, Ivana Krkljus and Zana Krakic.
"This is an exciting group of high caliber athletes from within the state of Florida and international waters and a very good start to our recruiting class of 2014," Cramer said.
Together, Krkljus and Krakic raced in the 2012 and 2013 women's double sculls at the World Junior Championships and placed seventh and ninth, respectively.
Krkljus, 5-foot-10, is a six-time national champion, three-time European rowing junior championships rower who placed third in 2013. She attended Junior Worlds three times-- once in the single and twice in the double. She plans to study exercise science at UCF.
Krakic, a seven-time national champion in rowing, raced to a third place finish with Krkljus at the European Championships. In addition, she is as equally as skilled in synchronized skating as a five-time national champion. She intends to study psychology.
"Both Ivana and Zana are very competitive rowers on the elite level, and we are excited to bring that caliber of rowing to our team next year," Cramer said. "We are currently a very young team and we will grow stronger with their speed and leadership skills."
In addition to her role on the Stanton Riverbank Rowing Team, Parkinson, 5-foot-11, is also a member of the German Honor Society, Junior Mentors and Bolles Medical Society. She intends to pursue a degree in biomedical sciences.
Harms, 5-foot, is a coxswain for Stanton Riverbank Rowing. She was also a two-time varsity letter winner for Creekside High School's swim team and is a member of the American Sign Language Honor Society and National Honor Society. She plans to study biomedical engineering.
"Both Linae and Catherine are very solid individuals and come from great families," Cramer said. "They are very competitive and will add speed to our program in the years to come."