UCF rowing wins third consecutive conference title

The UCF rowing champion clinched its third consecutive American Athletic Conference title, battling high winds at Nathan Benderson Park in Sarasota Saturday.

The Knights swept all six events to repeat as champs and advance to compete for a national title.

“We’ve put in so much hard work this year,” coach Becky Cramer said. “Today, the opportunity to race for a third conference championship was the reward. I know my team was excited to have that reward, and have the opportunity to three-peat.”

Julie Poulsen, Lauren Aiello, Ashleigh Boyd and Marija Medelinskaite all earned first team All-AAC honors. Zana Krakic, Rachael Klunder and Viktorija Senkute landed on the All-AAC second team.

The UCF rowing staff collected its third Coaching Staff of the Year award.

“Being a part of this three-time conference championship team has been an honor,” Aiello said. “Especially today when we swept conference, which was our ultimate goal. It was an amazing way to end the conference portion of my career. Now we’re excited to go to NCAAs and show them what we’ve got.”


UCF coach Scott Frost recaps the Knights' spring game

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UCF coach Scott Frost breaks down the team’s spring game Saturday, April 22, 2017.

UCF coach Scott Frost breaks down the team’s spring game Saturday, April 22, 2017.

Tacko Fall needs to decide whether or not to remain eligible for the NBA draft

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Tacko Fall has two weeks to decide if he wants to remain eligible for the NBA draft or if he wants to stay in school and play his junior season for the Knights.

Tacko Fall has two weeks to decide if he wants to remain eligible for the NBA draft or if he wants to stay in school and play his junior season for the Knights.

Tre'Quan Smith recaps UCF football offense this spring

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Tre’Quan Smith recaps UCF football offense this spring

Tre’Quan Smith recaps UCF football offense this spring

Catching up with UCF linebacker Shaquem Griffin

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Catching up with UCF linebacker Shaquem Griffin

Catching up with UCF linebacker Shaquem Griffin

Jawon Hamilton chats about growth of UCF football running backs

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Jawon Hamilton chats about growth of UCF football running backs

Jawon Hamilton chats about growth of UCF football running backs

The Third Varsity Four boat, which consisted of Erica Jimenez, Jessika Scholz, Jazmin Sepulveda, Alyssa Ramos and Nicole Snyder, opened with a win for the Knights. The boat cruised to a 7:28.6 time to finish first.

The Second Varsity Four boat, consisting of Kristen Taylor, Sydney Hays, Darby Brooks, Jacinta Kendall and Caitlin Ross, pulled ahead of Tulsa to cross the line first in a time of 7:39.6 during its race.

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