The rowers are back in class after a week of intense spring break training! It has been quite an eventful week for the rower; between two-a-day practices, volunteering, fundraising, and racing!
Spring break training was certainly not a trip to Cabo for the team. The rowers sacrificed warm weather and clear skies for early mornings and windy evenings. However, despite challenging conditions, the team made significant increases in speed across all crews. The team enjoyed stiff inter-team competition in fours, which translated into great technical rowing in eights. The team managed to fit more than 10 practices into their spring break, and the progress made was showcased as the team hosted USF on Saturday.
For the first time in recent years, the Central Florida Rowing team hosted the University of South Florida's men's rowing club for a scrimmage on Lake Jesup. The scrimmage featured strong rowing in the contested events - Varsity 8+, Varsity 4+, and a combined 2nd Varsity 4+/Novice 4+ race. Central Florida won each race with dominant finishes in all 3 events. *Please note that race distance was longer than 2000 meters.
Men's Varsity 8+
Men's Varsity 4+
Men's Second Varsity 4+/Novice 4+
CFR 2V4 7:56.99
CFR NLWT 8:14.85
USF 2V4 8:23.86
CFR NHWT 8:26.78
After racing concluded, both teams overcame their school rivalries and joined one another at IHOP for a post-race breakfast meal! The scrimmage begged the inauguration of an annual "War on I-4" regatta!
Rowers from the Central Florida Rowing team volunteered at the UCF women's home regatta, which took place March 17. While the UCF women raced against UConn, Jacksonville, Nova Southeastern, and Stetson, the Central Florida Rowing team manned the finish line and results table, to ensure the smooth operation of the regatta.
The morning was filled with UCFast racing and the UCF women won 5 out of 6 races. An official recap can be found here: http://ucfknights.com/news/2017/3/17/rowing-home-water-win.aspx
In addition to practices and volunteering, many members of the team participated in our Rent-A-Rower service. The rowers tackled 4 yard work projects over the course of their spring break, and ultimately committed over 20 hours to these projects!
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Back In Action
The team returns to racing action this week as they travel to Gainesville, Georgia, to compete in the John Hunter regatta. The following week, the team will travel to Sarasota to compete at the Florida Intercollegiate Rowing Association state championship!
This past weekend, the team traveled across town to compete in the 37th Annual Metro Cup regatta. While the events on the men's collegiate schedule were limited to only the Varsity 4+ and Novice 4+, this did not deter the team from posting fast results.
In the Men's Varsity 4+, Central Florida Rowing entered two crews against Rollins' single entry. The Varsity "A" boat dominated the race and crossed the line first with a time of 6:52. Rollins followed behind in second with a time of 7:14. The Central Florida "B" boat rounded out the race with a 7:58.
Men's Varsity 4+
CFR (A) 6:52
CFR (B) 7:58
The team showcased its depth in the Men's Novice 4+ event with its three entries. Rollins entered one crew in the event. The mixed lineups provided competitive racing through the first 1000 meters. The announcer raved as the field was four boats across, bow ball to bow ball. However, Rollins was able to pull away and secure the first place finish.
Men's Novice 4+
CFR (A) 7:56.6
CFR (B) 8:14.2
CFR (C) 8:37.6