The Knights proved they belong in the American Athletic Conference in yet another sport on Sunday as the UCF Rowing team took home its first conference championship in the program's history.

It came down to the last race of the day before the Knights edged Tulsa 198-189 to be crowned champions.

UCF's victory was achieved in large part by three of six overall wins, including the Varsity Eight with a winning time of 6:34.255, Second Varsity Eight with a winning time of 6:45.762 and Second Varsity Four's winning time of 7:42.029.

The remaining three boats for the Knights each finished fourth. The Third Varsity Eight with a time of 7:39.542, Varsity Four at 7:46.047 and Third Varsity Four with a time of 8:19.650.

Coming into the tournament, the Knights' Varsity Eight boat was ranked fifth in the NCAA Region IV. They also took home three American Boat of the Week honors during the regular season.

With the win, UCF earned an automatic bid into the NCAA Championship Tournament in Sacramento, Calif., May 29 to May 31.


Jarrod Heil is the Sports Editor for the Central Florida Future. Follow him on Twitter at @JHeil11 or email him at