UCF Rowing Travels to Texas for Longhorn Invitational This Weekend

March 18, 2010

By Brittany Dixon

ORLANDO, Fla. (UCFAthletics.com) - The UCF rowing team will head to Austin, Texas this weekend to compete in the Longhorn Invitational. Texas, Kansas State, Oklahoma and nationally ranked Iowa and Louisville will all participate in the regatta, which will run from Friday through Sunday. This will be the varsity squad's first race of the 2010 season.

The Knights' first race will begin Friday afternoon at 4 p.m. against host Texas and the team will battle both Iowa and Kansas State on Saturday. The Black and Gold will face the Hawkeyes in the morning, starting off with the second novice 8+ event at 8:40 a.m. and the Wildcats later in the day at 5:28 p.m.

The three-day event will end on Sunday morning for the Knights as they take on former UCF head coach Leeanne Craine and her Oklahoma team with the first race at 9:20 a.m.

UCF secured 10 victories in 2009 at the Longhorn Invitational including a sweep over Kansas State.

The Knights novice 8+ opened the regatta with a win against Wisconsin, coming in just half a second ahead of the Badgers with a time of 7:30.3.

The varsity four and varsity eight boats also defeated Iowa the second day of the regatta and the Black and Gold swept Kansas State that afternoon.

UCF concluded the Invitational on Sunday as the varsity 4+ came in with a time of 8:10.8 a full 21 seconds ahead of Texas with 8:31.8. The Black and Gold's second varsity 8+ also beat the Longhorns coming in at 7:15.7. The Knights' novice squad placed first in each of its races during the event.

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Line Ups

Varsity 8
Cox: Lauren Patton
Stroke: Alyssa Egan
7: Samantha MIller
6: Liz Robinson
5: Chelsey Lauzon
4: Margaret Lahmeyer
3: Tina Bechtold
2: Jordynn Pauls
1: Lauren Hampson

2nd Varsity 8
Cox: Brittany Skidmore
Stroke: Nicole Hoag
7: Amanda Schimian
6: Monica Larkin
5: Chelsey Green
4: Katherine Krueger
3: Camille Everett
2: Lucia Pinelli
1: Leah VanLear

Varsity 4
Cox: Stephanie Galo
Stroke: Kaley Tierney
3: Nina Morgan
2: Sheilah Abadines
1: Sasha Baxter

Novice 8
Cox: Samantha Banaszek
Stroke: Nicole Lacek
7: Lauren Jenkins
6: Lynna Paradiso
5: Kelly Thiele
4: Sarah Ponte
3: Lyndsey Gassman
2: Lorelei Rogero
1: Sylvia Morgese

2nd Novice 8
Cox: Amanda Phillips
Stroke: Maeleesa Strong
7: Nicole Goudreau
6: Meagan Miles
5: Olivia Bullock
4: Stacia Strong
3: Megan Donnelly
2: Stephanie Carillo
1: Anna Traver

Longhorn Invitational Schedule of Events
Friday, March 19 vs. Texas
4:00 p.m., 2nd novice 8+
4:08 p.m., novice 8+
4:16 p.m., varsity 4+
4:24 p.m., 2nd varsity 8+
4:32 p.m., varsity 8+

Saturday, March 20 vs. Iowa
8:40 a.m., 2nd novice 8+
8:48 a.m., novice 8+
9:04 a.m., varsity 4+
9:12 a.m., 2nd varsity 8+
9:20 a.m., varsity 8+

Saturday, March 20 vs. Kansas State
5:28 p.m., novice 8+
5:36 p.m., varsity 4+
5:44 p.m., 2nd varsity 8+
5:52 p.m., varsity 8+

Sunday, March 21 vs. Oklahoma
9:20 a.m., novice 8+
9:28 a.m., varsity 4+
9:36 a.m., 2nd varsity 8+
9:44 a.m., varsity 8+
9:52 a.m., 2nd novice 8+