Knights Place Third in final American Athletic Conference Rowing Championship

OAK RIDGE, Tenn. - The UCF rowing team closed out its run in the American Athletic Conference placing third at the AAC Rowing Championship at Melton Lake on Sunday morning.

In four races, the Knights finished in the top three in four of them placing second in the Varsity Four and third in the Second Varsity Eight and Second Varsity Four races. UCF ended the day with 112 points.

UCF opened the day with a third-place finish from the 2V4. The boat consisting of Sofia Soria, Bailey White, Aubrie Russo, Avery Bethel and Meagan Lukavec finished with a time of 7:40.894.

The Varsity Four completed its race with the best finish by the Knights on Sunday with a second-place finish behind SMU. Crossing the finish line at 7:29.182, the boat consisting of Sophia Troia, Saskia Papsova, Kelly Brown, Veronica Rush and Martina Pischedda finished ahead of Tulsa, Temple, Sacramento State and Old Dominion.

The Second Varsity Eight consisting of Julia Going, Connery Cassidy, Charlotte Wiley, Seyene Oord, Annberlee Hothem, Lauren Montgomery, Lindsey Buckreis, Georgia Coyne and Emily Klysen clocked in at 6:51.390, taking home a bronze medal ahead of Temple, Sacramento State and Old Dominion.

To close out the day, the V8 finished fourth with a time of 6:39.555. The crew consisted of Mackenzie Harrod, Emily Puia, Anna Kayser Gallego, Tegan Fookes, Emma Leavens, Liza Lutter, Aryann Johnson, Hannah Lovejoy and Natasjia Voulanas.

Three Knights walked away with AAC All-Conference nods. Leavens was the Knights' first-team recipient, while Puia and Kayser Gallego took home second-team honors. Leavens claimed her first conference award, while Puia and Kayser Gallego finished out their careers with two selections each.

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