Rowing Finishes Fourth at C-USA Championships

May 12, 2012

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By Eric DeSalvo

OAK RIDGE, Tenn. (UCFAthletics.com) - The UCF rowing team put forth a solid effort at the Conference USA Women's Rowing Championships Saturday on Melton Hill Lake to finish fourth overall in the league for the second-straight year. The Knights scored 34 team points, topping last year's performance of 31.

Senior Chelsey Lauzon, fresh off of being named to the C-USA All-Academic Team, was honored once again by making the All-Conference Team for the third-straight year.

In the three scoring races, UCF took fourth in the First Varsity 8, fifth in the Second Varsity 8 and fourth overall in the Varsity 4.

Tennessee won the overall championship with gold in the V8 and 2V8 races, while placing second in the Varsity 4+ behind Kansas. The Longhorns took home silver in the Second Varsity 8, while finishing third in both the Varsity 8 and Varsity 4 races to claim second place.

UCF's V8 (6:53.80) consisting of coxswain Katherin Kutash and Alyssa Egan, Margaret Lahmeyer, Lucia Pinelli, Camille Everett, Lauzon, Kara Johannesen, Calena Illan and Nina Morgan topped Tulsa (6:54.20) by four tenths of a second to claim fourth in the grand final and finished just eight seconds behind gold medalist Tennessee.

In the second varsity eight, UCF notched a time of 7:11.20 for fifth and rowed to a mark of 7:45.97 in the V4+.

Prior to the scoring races, the Knights finished fourth in the Open 4 (8:02.4) and sixth in the Novice 8 (7:33.00).

UCF fared well in the prelims beginning at 9 a.m. The 2V8 consisting of Claire Frenkel (coxswain), Ginni Dunlop, Shannon Riley, Michelle Haves, Nicole Lacek, Amanda Schimian, Victoria Carroll, Kayla Thieken and Kelly Thiele claimed the win with a blazing time of 6:57.70.

The Knights all finished third in the 1V8 prelim (6:52.91), third in the V4 (7:56.64), fourth in the second heat of the Novice 8 (7:23.50) and third in the first heat of the Open 4 (8:10.33).

Team Standings
1. Tennessee - 53
2. Texas - 44
3. Oklahoma - 42
4. UCF - 34
5. Tulsa - 28
6. Kansas State - 21
7. Alabama - 20
8. Kansas - 16
9. SMU - 12

2012 C-USA Coach of the Year
Lisa Glenn, Tennessee

2012 C-USA Rowing Athlete of the Year
Nikki Furmanek, Oklahoma

2012 C-USA Newcomer of the Year
Kayla Lucier, Tennessee

2012 Rowing All-Conference USA Team
Ashley Fichthorn, Jr., Tennessee
Erika Johnson, Jr., Tennessee
Erika Lauderdale, Sr., Tennessee
Rachel White, So., Tennessee
Jackie Gorcyca, Fr., Texas
Felicia Izaguirre-Werner, Sr., Texas
Karli Sheahan, Sr., Texas
Nikki Furmanek, Sr., Oklahoma
Rebecca Staff, Jr., Oklahoma
Leigh Ann Terch, Sr., Alabama
Olivia Kinet, Jr., Kansas
Traci Smiley, Sr., Kansas State
Emily Carstens, Jr., SMU
Arielle Tillou, Sr., Tulsa
Chelsey Lauzon, Sr., UCF

Varsity 8
Gold: Tennessee - 6:45.80
Silver: Oklahoma - 6:49.39
Bronze: Texas - 6:50.13

Second Varsity 8
Gold: Tennessee - 6:52.40
Silver: Texas - 6:59.54
Bronze: Oklahoma - 7:02.79

Varsity 4
Gold: Kansas - 7:35.50
Silver: Tennessee - 7:40.53
Bronze: Texas - 7:41.78

Novice 8
Gold: Oklahoma - 7:04.90
Silver: Tennessee - 7:09.32
Bronze: Texas - 7:10.38

Open 4
Gold: Tennessee - 7:46.90
Silver: Texas - 7:50.21
Bronze: Oklahoma - 7:58.43