Florida Tech Women’s Rowing Earns No. 3 National Ranking in Coaches Preseason Poll
By Christina Hardman, Florida Tech News Bureau // February 18, 2022
Panthers kick off spring campaign March 16
BREVARD COUNTY • MELBOURNE, FLORIDA – Florida Tech women’s rowing finds itself as one of the top teams in the country once again as they garnered a No. 3 national ranking on Wednesday when the Collegiate Rowing Coaches Association released their annual preseason poll.
Head coach Adam Thorstad welcomes back nine scholar-athletes from his Spring 2021 squad that earned a third-place finish at the NCAA National Championships and its fourth-straight Sunshine State Conference Championship.
Highlighting the returning group for the Crimson & Gray is a pair of first-team All-Americans in Abbigale Smith and Liza Lutter.
Smith, the coxswain for the Varsity 8, commanded the respect of the shell while guiding them to many medal-winning finishes in 2021.
Lutter competed in the six-seat of the Varsity 8 and continues her ascent to the top of the sport.
Three-time defending national champions, the University of Central Oklahoma, was a near-unanimous pick to win its fourth consecutive national title. Joining Florida Tech were fellow SSC squads, Embry-Riddle (4) and Barry (7) while Rollins received points.
The Lady Panthers kick off the spring campaign on March 16th with a scrimmage against Stockton University.
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