UCF Rowing to Compete at Windermere Cup in Seattle

May 5, 2006

ORLANDO - The UCF women's rowing team will compete in one of the top events in the nation on Saturday when the Golden Knights head to the Pacific Northwest for the Windermere Cup regatta in Seattle. UCF's varsity eight boat, ranked 19th nationally, will race against No. 10 Washington and the Russian Under-23 National Team.

The Golden Knights will race on Saturday at 2:15 p.m. Eastern. The Windermere Cup is the nation's premier varsity eight event.

The regatta, in its 20th year, takes place on Lake Washington's Montlake Cut as the kickoff to the Seattle Yacht Club Opening Day festivities. The event attracts upwards of 6,000 spectators. Windermere Real Estate sponsors the regatta and offers transportation and accommodations for visiting teams along with sightseeing trips, souvenirs and community-service opportunities.

UCF, competing in the event for the first time, is ranked second in the NCAA South Region Varsity Eight poll. For the second-consecutive week, the Golden Knights are ranked 19th in the USRowing/Collegiate Rowing Coaches Association Varsity Eight Poll. UCF entered the rankings on April 19 for the first time in program history.

Washington is second in the West Region rankings. The Huskies have won 11 of the last 14 Windermere Cup titles.

The Golden Knights will be competing for the first time since April 15 when they participated in the Stanford Invitational in Redwood Shores, Calif. At the event, the team went head-to-head in races against Washington State, UCLA and host Stanford.

UCF lineup:

Cox: Katie Chapman
Stroke: Caitlin Pauls
7 seat: Kyla Smith
6 seat: Tanya Kleisler
5 seat: Krystina Sarff
4 seat: Stephanie Adams
3 seat: Melissa Westhoff
2 seat: Robin Capers
Bow: Katherine Motes
Alternate: Kristin Roach