UCF Rowing Looks to Repeat Last Year's Success

March 2, 2007

Orlando, Fla. (www.ucfathletics.com) - The UCF rowing team enters the 2007 season with high hopes following a 2006 season which saw the Golden Knights earn victories at several regattas, such as the Petrakis Cup, UCF also claimed a spot on the USRowing/Collegiate Rowing Coaches Association national poll for the first time in school history with a No. 20 ranking.

The 2006 season also was a time to shine for several rowers on the Golden Knights squad, as returning senior Krystina Sarff and junior Caitlin Pauls both earned All-South honors, with Sarff earning first-team recognition and Pauls second-team recognition.

Not only did the Knights perform on the water but also off the water. Six rowers from UCF were named CRCA National Scholar-Athletes, the most selections in the nation from one school. Former Knights Heather Brooks and Laura Brad earned the honor in their final year with the Golden Knights, Sarff and Pauls along with, juniors Laura Bacci, and Erin Riegel, were also praised for their achievements in the classroom by the CRCA who announced the award winners in May of 2006.

This year marks the fourth season for head coach Leeanne Crain. Kim Cupini and Becky Frost both return as assistant coaches for the varsity squad, and assistant Corrie McGrath also returns, moving from the lightweight squad to coaching the novice squad. UCF welcomes new assistant coach Andrew Derrick to the Golden Knights, Derrick comes to Orlando from the University of Washington, and looks for success as he leads the lightweight squad into the 2007 season.

This weekend marks the start of the Golden Knights 2007 spring campaign. The Golden Knights varsity openweight squad will travel to Tampa, Fla., to race Michigan in a scrimmage on Saturday, while the lightweight squad will travel just a few miles to Winter Park to face local rival Rollins College in the Metro Cup, also scheduled for Saturday.

The next regattas for UCF rowing will be two weeks from Saturday as the Golden Knights again do double duty, with the openweight squad traveling to Austin, Texas, for the Longhorn Invitational, March 16 - 18, and the lightweight squad traveling back to Winter Park for the Rollins Tri-Meet on March 17.

Saturday's Line-ups:Vs. Michigan - Tampa, Fla.Varsity 8Cox: Katie ChapmanStroke: Stephanie Pauls7: Krystina Sarff6: Tanis Franchuk5: Tara Rogers4: Stephanie Adams3: Melissa Westhoff2: Caitlin PaulsBow: Brittney Kusner
2nd Varsity 8Cox: Erika VenzaStroke: Robin Capers7: Erin Riegel6: Erika Frantz5: Danielle Leen4: Erin Bernier3: Eleni Roussos2: Pamela WallBow: Meagan Harrell
Varsity 4Cox: Anne Marie RossiStoke: Laura Bacci3: Katie Fulton2: Jordan PaulsBow: Lauren Rice
2nd Varsity 4Cox: Traci DarlingStoke: Jessica Veeneman3: Alyson Davis2: Danielle HopkinsBow: Ashlynn O'Connor
Novice 8Cox: Jen TorrentStroke: Samantha Sarff7: Lauren Hampson6: Liz Langdon5: Samantha Miller4: Nicole Hoag3: Jessi Bals / Chelsea Rice2: Monica RoppeltBow: Chelsey Walter
Vs. Rollins - Winter Park, Fla.Lightweight 8Cox: Tori RyanStroke: Kathryn Harness7: Kathleen Noble6: Morgan Bell5: Jana Read4: Celeste Brown3: Michelle Carter2: Christina CaltabianoBow: Raquel Rojas
Novice 8Cox: Lauren PattonStroke: Margo Beard7: Jana Read6: Morgan Bell5: Beth Hendrian4: Ciara Palumbo3: Ashley Barody2: Christina CaltabianoBow: Michelle Carter
Varsity 4Cox: Tori RyanStroke: Lauren Schueler3: Taylor Wiatt2: Megan MitchellBow: Celeste Brown
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