Neither a new scoring system nor even mother nature can stop the UCF Knights Rowing team’s dynasty in The American.
This year, UCF had to deal with weather issues at Oklahoma City that changed the schedule, which meant that UCF’s Varsity Eight would now be the first race of the day, but that race would be delayed after high winds and debris damaged lane lines at the start. A second delay due to a breakage prompted the event to be moved back yet again.
Instead, UCF’s Second Varsity Eight opened the racing and it would deliver the win for the for the fifth straight year. UCF would go on to win its 5th straight conference championship, holding off SMU.
UCF Rowing and UConn Women’s Basketball are the only programs to win five straight American Conference Championships. Head Coach Becky Cramer talked with the American Digital Network afterwards on what this championship meant, as UCF advanced to the NCAA Championships.
.@UCF_Rowing captured its fifth consecutive #AmericanRowing Championship this afternoon in Oklahoma City - we caught up with head coach Becky Cramer to discuss today's title, the Knights' season overall and her thoughts on the upcoming #NCAARowing National Championship. pic.twitter.com/b3uPylW5NP— American Digital (@American_DN) May 17, 2019
UCF would end up with highest seed in program history at the NCAA Championships in Indianapolis.
UCF would end up with best finish in program history, finishing 18th at the NCAAs highlighted by the Varsity Four who finished 15th, their highest finish ever.