Rowing Returns to the Waters on Saturday

March 24, 2006

ORLANDO - The UCF women's rowing team will be in action on Saturday, participating in two regattas, the Petrakis Cup in Jacksonville and the Spring Break Regatta in Winter Park.

The Petrakis Cup is historically a race between host Jacksonville and UCF. In addition to those two programs, Tulane and Embry-Riddle will also compete in the regatta on the St. John's River.

Two trophies are awarded at the event. The Mary B. Petrakis Cup is awarded to the winner of the women's varsity eight race and the Petrakis Cup is awarded to the overall points winner. A year ago, the Golden Knights claimed both awards.

UCF's openweight squad is coming off a solid showing last weekend at the Governor's Cup Regatta in Fellsmere. Competing against No. 20 Columbia and No. 23 Syracuse, the Golden Knights picked up a win in the varsity four event and had two second-place finishes. In all three races, UCF finished ahead of Syracuse.

Saturday's regatta begins at 8:15 a.m. with UCF's varsity eight and junior varsity eight squads competing. The Golden Knights' novice four entry will hit the water at 8:45 a.m., followed by the varsity four at 9:45 a.m. UCF will go head-to-head with host Jacksonville's varsity eight at 10:15 a.m.

UCF will also have novice eight and novice four squads competing in Jacksonville.

Also on Saturday, the lightweights will compete against Nova Southeastern and host Rollins at the Spring Break Regatta on Lake Maitland. In Winter Park, UCF will have varsity lightweight eight, varsity lightweight four, novice lightweight eight and novice lightweight four boats in action.

Petrakis Cup lineups:

Varsity Eight
Cox: Katie Chapman
Stroke: Caitlin Pauls
7: Kyla Smith
6: Tanya Kleisler
5: Melissa Westhoff
4: Stephanie Adams
3: Katherine Motes
2: Robin Capers
Bow: Melissa Kroll

2nd Varsity Eight
Cox: Kim Swift
Stroke: Tanis Franchuk
7: Mary Rosser
6: Erika Frantz
5: Kristin Roach
4: Samantha Heinrich
3: Tara Rogers
2: Christy Collier
Bow: Brittney Kusner

Varsity Four
Cox: Heather Brooks
Stroke: Jessica Veeneman
3: Christina Smith
2: Vilma Ramos
Bow: Nicole Szwanke

Novice 8
Cox: Lecelle Johnson
Stroke: Erin Bernier
7: Ausley Gage
6: Ally Baldwin
5: Danielle Leen
4: Jackie Dent
3: Meghan Graber
2: Kaitlin O'Connell
Bow: Taylor Wiatt

Novice 4
Cox: Christen Anderson
Stroke: Jill Piontkowski
3: Tia Scaltsas
2: Danielle Hopkins
Bow: Megan Davies

Spring Break Regatta lineups:

Novice 8
Cox: Ashley Nevader
Stroke: Ashlynn O'Connor
7: Kelly Jensen
6: Alyson Davis
5: Jennifer Miller
4: Valarie Williams
3: Brittany Maxwell
2: Jaynitsa Paul
Bow: Latraia Daniel

Lightweight Novice 4
Cox: Ashley Nevader
Stroke: Sarah Woodard
3: Raquel Rojas
2: Pamela Herbeck
Bow: Latraia Daniel