Catching up with the UCF Varsity Eight: Tara Rogers

May 20, 2007

UCFAthletics.com continues introducing Knights' fans to the members of the UCF varsity eight that earned the program's first ever bid to the NCAA Championships with sophomore Tara Rogers. A liberal studies major, Rogers hails from Longwood, Fla. and attended Lake Brantley High School.

When did you begin rowing? What attracted you to the sport?
My father rowed in high school and college. I really wanted to try an off the beaten path sport. He suggested rowing. I tried it and fell in love.

Why did you decide to attend UCF?
I came on an official visit and the team was so nice. I also wanted to go to a school that was up and coming, so I could be a part of making history.

What is your favorite aspect of being a member of the UCF rowing team?
We are like a family. We all support each other and work as one to be the best.

What is the biggest misconception that non-rowers have regarding the sport?
That it is all upper body.

What is your most memorable highlight from the year?
Making it to the grand final at South/Centrals and knowing we had a chance at making NCAA's for the first time in school history.

How would you describe the American/Canadian dynamic in the boat?
The Americans are all starboards and the ports are Canadian. We like to joke about one side being better or stronger than the other. In the end, we're all working toward the same goal.

What are you most looking forward to about the NCAA Championship?
Racing some great competition and making a name for UCF.

If the members of the varsity eight competed on Survivor, who would win and why?
Caitlin Pauls. She competes at everything - walking to class, jumping rope in the weight room, even yoga. She can't lose.

What are your hobbies off the water?
Listening to music and watching movies.

What are your plans for the upcoming summer?
I plan on vacationing at the beach and training for next year.

Continue to check throughout the week for more conversations with the varsity eight. The 2007 NCAA Women's Rowing Championships take place from Friday, May 25 through Sunday, May 27 in Oak Ridge, Tenn.