Miami Takes Home Trio of First-Place Finishes at UCF
ORLANDO, Fla.—The University of Miami rowing team took home a trio of first-place finishes on Friday morning against UCF, UConn, and Jacksonville University.
Miami competed in four of the five races at UCF’s home course at the UCF Rowing Complex on Lake Pickett. The 2v4 boat didn’t compete, due to an unforeseen injury.
“We’re really proud of how the team raced today,” head rowing coach James Mulcahy said. “We’ve known for months that we have a great group of student-athletes here, but today was their first opportunity to show that they are a strong team from top to bottom.”
The 1v8 boat started the race off for the Hurricanes, crossing the finish line with a final time of 6:52.7.
Miami’s 2v8 boat added another first-place finish, with a final time of 7:04.5.
“The 1V and 2V eights did a great job keeping focused and pushing strongly through the middle of the race.”
The 1v4 boat was the only second-place finish for the Hurricanes, with a final time of 7:59.0, just two seconds shy of the top spot by UCF.
“The 1V four lost an incredibly close and well fought race but have nothing to hang their heads over—they will use this as motivation and are going to be back strong than ever,” Mulcahy said.
Miami’s 3v8 boat, which featured the novice rowers, closed out the race in dominant fashion taking home an additional first-place spot, with a time of 8:48.0.
“Our novices raced in the third varsity event and won the most exciting race of the day!”
“The lead changed several times and all four crews finished within four seconds of each other; we’re so excited for them to have kept their poise and squeezed out a win in their first ever 2k race,” Mulcahy said.
At the end of the race, UCF held an exhibition race, not included in the results, to give Miami’s rowers competing in the 2v4 an opportunity to race.
“Finally, our 2V4 lineup had to be reshuffled due to an injury, and UCF was kind enough to race one of their crews against them in an exhibition race, so that the athletes could get the opportunity to race,” Mulcahy said.
“While we didn’t keep official results, our crew had an excellent piece, and we are very grateful to UCF for being so accommodating. Overall, it was a great day! Go Canes!”
The Hurricanes will head to Sarasota, Fla., at the end of March for the Sunshine State Invite on Mar. 31.
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